WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team earned its first conference win of the 2018 season with a decisive 6-1 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday.
The Eagles now rise to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the Patriot League while the Crusaders continue to skid at 0-8 and 0-1 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Five Eagles contributed to AU's final tally, led by a two-goal effort from sophomore Noor Coenen. Freshman Hannah Moser and seniors Rachel Stefano, Rafaela Rubas and Lucy Whalley rounded out American's scoring effort with one goal each.
- Rubas, Whalley, junior Jette Dieckmann, and senior Annaka Groschinski pitched in with the team's four assists.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs picked up three saves on the day.
- The Eagles outdid the Crusaders in shots, 26-10, and penalty corners, 6-0, but trailed in saves, 13-3.
- Coenen got the scoring going for the day with her second goal of the season in the fifth minute of the game.
- Holy Cross knotted the score less than 10 minutes later with an unassisted goal from Emily Loprete.
- The two teams remained at a deadlock until the final five minutes of the half when Stefano broke the tie with her second goal of the season off an assist from Rubas after a penalty corner.
- Rubas followed with a goal of her own a minute later off a pass from Groschinski to bring the score up to 3-1 heading into halftime.
- The Eagles continued to dominate in the second half, starting with Coenen's second goal of the day after an assist from Whalley less than 10 minutes after the restart.
- Moser added her second in the AU uniform in the 62nd minute after taking a pass from Dieckmann.
- Whalley closed the scoring less than five minutes later with her first goal of the season.
HEAR FROM COACH JENNINGS
"The team did some great things today and was constantly on the counter. It was great to get a Patriot League win on the road, and we now look to carry the momentum with us into next week."
The Eagles will return home next weekend for an 11 a.m. start against Lehigh. For the latest on American University Field Hockey, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.