@AU_FieldHockey Opens 2018 Season with Win Over Richmond

Rachel Stefano vs. Bucknell (9/16/2017)

WASHINGTON – The American University field hockey team christened the newly renovated Jacobs Complex with a 4-1 win over Richmond on Saturday, Aug. 24. The game was the first of two for the Eagles during their opening weekend, as they are set to host Saint Joseph's at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Eagles had an exciting showing from the freshman class, as two of the four goals were earned by newcomers Hannah Moser and Georgia Davies in their AU debuts.
  • Richmond pressed early in the game and earned some early looks with a penalty corner and back-to-back shots within the first ten minutes. But the Eagles' offense quickly gained control as freshman Hannah Moser earned the first goal of the season off an assist from senior Rafaela Rubas.
  • Although the Eagles held a 4-2 advantage in shots during the remainder the half, AU was unable to add to the spread and entered the break with the 1-0 advantage.
  • Freshman Georgia Davies put away her first career goal in the fourth minute of the second half, taking a deflection from Rubas after the team's fourth penalty corner of the game.
  • Senior defender Rachel Stefano collected another penalty corner deflection to put away her third career goal, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead with less than 30 minutes remaining in the game.
  • The Spiders claimed their first goal of the afternoon in the 64th minute of regulation after Elise Zwicklbauer capitalized on a scramble in front of the net.
  • Junior Jette Dieckmann closed the day's scoring with her second career goal, taking an assist from senior Annaka Groschinski in the final minute of play.
  • Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs earned five saves to open the season.
  • The Eagles had the edge in both shots (19-9) and penalty corners (10-4). 

UP NEXT

  • The Eagles will return to Jacobs Complex on Sunday with a 2 p.m. game against Saint Joseph's. This will be the last home game until the Patriot League opener against Boston University on Saturday, Sept. 15, as AU hits the road for games against James Madison (Friday, Aug. 31), VCU (Sunday, Sept. 2), Harvard (Saturday, Sept. 8) and Delaware (Sunday, Sept. 9).

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