WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team claimed a convincing 5-2 win over #17 James Madison on Friday for the Eagles' first road victory of the 2018 season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Four Eagles, including a pair of freshmen, contributed to the Eagles' highest goal tally yet of the season.
- JMU is the first ranked opponent of the year for AU after they came in at No. 17 on the NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) preseason poll.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs put up another stellar performance, nearly tying her career-high with 10 saves against the Dukes. JMU goalkeeper, Caitlin Nelson, closed with three saves off eight shots on goal.
- JMU led the Eagles in shots, 16-13, but AU just edged the Dukes in penalty corners, 9-8.
- Sophomore Carlotta Borcherding wasted little time to get AU on the board, putting away her first goal of the season in the second minute after JMU's goalkeeper deflected a cross from sophomore Noor Coenen.
- Another Coenen ball resulted in AU's second goal of the game when freshman Georgia Davies picked up the rebound and put away the corner shot. This is Davies' second goal of the season after she contributed to the 4-1 win over Richmond in her AU debut last weekend.
- The Eagles controlled the offense throughout the remainder of the half, but were unable to capitalize off the four penalty corner opportunities and went into the break with the 2-0 advantage.
- AU carried the momentum into the second half as freshman Aidan Rossman tabbed her first career goal with a nice shot into the corner within the first minute of play.
- Borcherding followed up with her second goal of the afternoon after a penalty corner insertion from Davies and an assist from senior Annaka Groschinski.
- Coenen closed out AU's scoring efforts with less than 20 minutes left in regulation, taking the assist from Davies and senior Lucy Whalley after yet another penalty corner insertion from the freshman.
- JMU dashed any hopes of a shutout two minutes later with a goal from Corey Mayer off a rebound in front of the net.
- The Dukes were back on the board in the 67th minute when Miranda Rigg scored their second and final goal off a penalty corner opportunity.
HEAR FROM COACH JENNINGS
"We are really pleased with the way our team competed tonight. We scored some great goals and got off to a flying start against an always dangers JMU team. The early goals in each half helped us build some great momentum which sustained us when we fell out of rhythm.
"Now we turn our attention to making improvements for our next big game on Sunday against VCU."
- American will make another quick turnaround this weekend as they travel to VCU next for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.
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