No. 24 @AU_FieldHockey Embarks on Two-Game Road Swing

AU Field Hockey team huddle before Holy Cross (9/30/2017)

WASHINGTON – The No. 24 American University field hockey team is back on the road this weekend after a three-game homestand as the team heads to Boston University for an 11 a.m. contest on Saturday (Oct. 7) followed by a 1 p.m. game at Brown on Sunday (Oct. 8). 

The Eagles are 9-3 overall for the season, 3-0 in Patriot League, after notching a pair of victories at home last weekend against Holy Cross, 3-2, and Longwood, 3-2 (OT).

Boston holds an overall record of 6-5 and remains the only other undefeated team in Patriot League play after beating Lafayette, 5-1, and Colgate, 5-1, in September. Brown will look to break its four-game skid this weekend as the Bears hold an overall record of 1-8 for the season, 0-2 in the Ivy League.

The Eagles and Terriers have gone head-to-head for the Patriot League championship in three of the last four seasons. AU currently has the edge over BU after winning the league in 2013 and 2016. Boston claimed the title in 2015.

Saturday will also feature two of the PL Preseason Players of the Year with AU's junior Rafaela Rubas (Offensive Player of the Year) and BU's junior Ally Hammel (Defensive Player of the Year).

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American is coming off a pair of second-half wins from last weekend, starting with Saturday's 3-2 win over Holy Cross where junior Rafaela Rubas netted the game-winner off of a late penalty stroke opportunity to earn her first Patriot League Corvias Offensive Player of the Week nod.

AU claimed another 3-2 victory on Sunday, this time against non-conference foe Longwood in an overtime thriller where junior defender Annaka Groschinski hit her second career goal off of a scramble in front of the net in the 73rd minute.

Groschinski highlighted the weekend for the Eagles, hitting her first career goal against Holy Cross on Saturday before nabbing the game-winner on Sunday. She also tallied an assist to come away with five points and her second PL Defensive Player of the Week recognition of the season.

Senior Haley Bowcutt continues to lead the team's overall scoring efforts with her record-breaking season, tallying a career-high 21 points off of eight goals and five assists.

Freshman Noor Coenen shares the top spot with eight goals. She adds a pair of assists for a total of 18 points this season, ranking third on the team behind Rubas' 20 points (seven goals, six assists).

An impressive 11 Eagles have contributed to AU's 40-goal tally so far this season.

Junior Maura Jacobs continues to be one of the top goalkeepers in the PL, leading the team from the cage with 29 saves to hold a league-high 1.36 goals against average. Jacobs, who earned her second PL Goalkeeper of the Week honor of the season on Monday, has had five shutouts this season to lead the PL and help the team a top ten NCAA Division I ranking in the category (No. 8).

The Eagles lead the PL with a 3.33 scoring average off of 11.42 shots per game, and hold their opponents to only 1.50 goals per game.

SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
Boston enters the weekend after a 5-1 loss to No. 2 Duke on Sunday. The Terriers are led by freshman Ailsa Connelly, who holds 14 points (seven goals) for the season. Senior Grace Boston (three goals, two assists) and junior Ally Hammel (three goals, one assist) follow with eight points and seven points, respectively.

Junior Kathleen Keegan and freshman Millie Baker have shared duties in the cage so far this season for the Terriers. Keegan currently leads with 19 saves for a .679 save percentage and 1.80 goals against average, followed by Baker with 18 saves, a .563 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average.

The Terriers rank fourth in the league with 2.09 goals per game and sixth with 5.75 shots on goal per game.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown has tallied only one win this season after overcoming Siena, 4-1, on Sept. 15. The Bears have since dropped four consecutive contests, including two in conference play to Columbia, 4-0, and Dartmouth, 3-2. The Bears will open their weekend at Harvard on Friday before hosting AU on Sunday.

Freshman Anagha Nayak headlines the Bears' scoring efforts with ten points (five goals) this season, followed by junior Rachel Lanouette with nine (four goals, one assist) and sophomore Gina Openshaw with five points (one goal, three assists).

Only three other players have contributed to Brown's 13 goals this season with junior Ellie Seid, senior Kelly Conway and freshman Anya Nayak each tallying one.

Junior Katie Hammaker leads the team from the net with 64 saves this season for a .681 save percentage and a 3.30 goals against average. 

Overall, the Bears average 10.7 shots per game and 1.4 goals per game.

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