@AU_FieldHockey Returns Home for Two-Game Stretch

Megan Benson vs. Virginia (8/15/2018)

WASHINGTON – The American University field hockey team will host a pair of nonconference competitors at Jacobs Complex this weekend with Towson and #25 Old Dominion on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

The Eagles are 6-4 overall this season, 3-1 in the Patriot League, after a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory against Bucknell last weekend. 

Friday, Oct. 12 (3:00 p.m.)
vs. Towson (1-11, 0-3 CAA)
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Sunday, Oct. 14 (Noon)
vs. #25 Old Dominion (7-5, 1-3 Big East)
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NOTES

  • The Eagles delivered the first Patriot League loss of the season to Bucknell last weekend, battling the Bison into overtime before a late goal from sophomore Noor Coenen earned AU the 1-0 victory.
  • Coenen collected her own rebound after a penalty corner insertion from senior Rafaela Rubas to put away her second consecutive game-winning goal of the season.
  • In recognition of her efforts, Coenen was one of three Eagles to be selected as Patriot League Players of the Week by the conference office on Tuesday.
  • Seniors Annaka Groschinski (Defensive Player of the Week) and Maura Jacobs (Goalkeeper of the Week) also earned nods from the league after helping lead AU to its first shutout of the season.
  • Jacobs also picked up four saves to bring her career total up to 187. She currently ranks 18th in Division I, third in the PL, for save percentage (.757), 26th in Division I, fourth in the PL, for saves per game (5.3), and 28th in Division I, second in the PL, for goals against average (1.63).
  • Groschinski is also among the top-ranked athletes in Division I as she sits in eighth in Division I and leads the conference with 0.70 assists per game.
  • Coenen continues to lead the team's overall scoring efforts with 16 points so far this season off six goals and four assists. Rubas sits just behind with 12 points (three goals, six assists), followed by sophomore Carlotta Borcherding and freshman Georgia Davies with eight points each.

SERIES HISTORY

  • The Eagles are 27-4-1 against Towson after earning a decisive 5-0 win over the Tigers during the 2017 Terrapin Invitational at Maryland.
  • Old Dominion, on the other hand, holds a 4-30 advantage over AU after earning a 4-2 win last season. The last time the Eagles defeated the Monarchs was in 2015, 3-2. 

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

  • Towson is looking to break a seven-game losing skid this weekend as they enter the Friday matchup with a 1-11 overall record, 0-3 in the CAA.
  • The only win of the season for the Tigers was over LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 9, 4-1.
  • Katie McNeel leads the team with 13 points on the season off six goals and one assist.
  • Six other players have added to the season's scoresheet with one goal each while Beira Ho and Kerri Thornton lead the squad with two assists each.
  • Mackenzie Peacock leads the team from the cage averaging 3.90 goals against per game and a .625 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE MONARCHS

  • No. 25 ODU is also looking for some redemption this weekend as the Monarchs enter the weekend off five consecutive losses, including to No. 2 UConn, 4-2, No. 19 Liberty, 2-0, and most recently a 5-1 loss to No. 4 Duke.
  • Old Dominion will open its two-game weekend with a game at Temple on Friday before traveling to AU for the noon showdown on Sunday.
  • Erin Huffman and Rebecca Birch both lead the team with 16 points off seven goals and two assists each. Eight other players have contributed to ODU's goal tally, starting with three from Ilse Westera and two from Alexandria Brewer and Merle Knobloch. Brewer and Knobloch also lead the team with five assists and four assists, respectively.
  • Three Monarchs have put time in goal, starting with Kealsie Robles who has started five games, including against four of ODU's six ranked opponents this season. She is averaging 2.75 goals against and a .667 save percentage.
  • Cam MacGillivray and Lacey Frazier have also earned starts in three games and four games, respectively. MacGillivray is averaging 1.30 goals against and a .733 save percentage while Frazier holds a 0.99 goals against average and .600 save percentage.

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