WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team is back on the road this weekend for one final set of away games before the start of postseason play in two weeks. The Eagles will open the two-game weekend at Lafayette for a noon start on Saturday before traveling to Rutgers for a 2 p.m. start on Sunday.
AU is 7-5 overall (3-1 PL) after splitting the two games last weekend with a 7-0 win over Towson on Friday and a close 1-0 loss to #25 Old Dominion on Sunday.
- AU opened the two home games last weekend with a dominant 7-0 victory over Towson to earn the second shutout of the 2018 season. Senior Rafaela Rubas led the team with two goals while freshman Hannah Moser, sophomore Noor Coenen, junior Jette Dieckmann, and seniors Annaka Groschinski and Megan Benson each added one.
- Coenen also added an assist for three points on the day while freshman Georgia Davies led the team with two and freshman Bethany Fuquay and senior Lucy Whalley pitched in one each.
- American led Towson across the board with a 12-3 advantage in shots and a 9-1 edge in penalty corners.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs walked away with a pair of saves in 66 minutes of play before freshman Dani Acuna subbed in for her first minutes in goal for the red, white and blue.
- The Eagles returned to their home turf on Sunday to take on No. 25 Old Dominion. AU fell to the Monarchs after a hard-fought battle, 1-0.
- AU held a 10-6 advantage over ODU in shots and 5-2 in penalty corners.
- Jacobs picked up three saves to bring her total up to five for the weekend. For her efforts, Jacobs was selected for her second Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award this season.
- Jacobs now leads the Patriot League with her 1.335 goals against average and .775 save percentage. She also ranks 14th in the NCAA Division I for her save percentage and 21st in goals against average. The returning Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she sits only eight saves away from the 200th of her career with four games remaining in the regular season.
- Coenen leads the team with 19 points so far this season off seven goals and a career-high five assists. She leads the league with 1.62 points per game and ranks second for goals per game (.615).
- Rubas sits just behind in the team rankings with 16 points (5 goals, 6 assists) while Davies is third for the Eagles with 10 points (3 goals, 4 assists).
- Groschinski continues to lead the PL with 0.58 assists per game and ranks 18th in Division I. She has earned a career-high nine points so far this season off one goal and a career-high seven assists.
- American is 18-7 against Lafayette after claiming the 3-1 victory at home during the 2017 season. The Leopards haven't clinched a win over the Eagles since the 2012 season when they beat out AU for the PL Tournament title in OT, 2-1.
- The Eagles also hold the edge against Rutgers, 5-1. The Scarlet Knights came out on top the last time the two teams met in 2015, 2-1. The last AU win in the series was in 2010 during the Terrapin Invitational, 3-1.
SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
- The Leopards will look to secure their spot in the Patriot League Tournament this weekend, as they currently sit tied with the Eagles in second with a 3-1 league record.
- Lafayette is coming off its first loss of the month after falling to Providence last weekend, 2-0. Before that game, the Leopards had picked up four consecutive wins against Villanova, Colgate, Penn, and Holy Cross.
- Lisa van der Geest leads the team with 17 points this season off six goals and five assists, followed by Molly McAndrew with 12 points (5 goals, 2 assists) and Theresa Delahanty with 11 points (3 goals, 5 assists). Jenn DeLongis has pitched in a team-high six assists so far this season.
- van der Geest leads the league with 3.56 shots per game but ranks seventh with .375 goals per game. Delahanty sits just behind AU's Groschinski with .500 assists per game while Rachel Bird leads the PL and ranks sixth in Division I with 0.25 defensive saves per game.
- Sarah Park has led the team from the cage with a 3.23 goals against average and .590 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
- Rutgers (11-4, 3-4 Big East) bumped up to No. 13 during this week's Penn Monto/NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) Nationals Poll after earning three consecutive wins over Georgetown, 7-0, No. 15 Northwestern, 2-1, and Indiana, 4-0.
- The Scarlet Knights will be the seventh ranked opponent for the Eagles this season after No. 18 Saint Joseph's, No. 17 James Madison, No. 17 Harvard, No. 12 Delaware, No. 21 Boston University, and No. 25 Old Dominion.
- Rutgers will open the weekend with a Saturday showdown against No. 7 Iowa.
- They enter the final regular-season weekend of the year with seven shutouts to sit atop the national rankings and are second in Division I with eight defensive saves.
- Daphne Groothuis leads the team with 34 points this season off 11 goals and 12 assists. Linde van Schaik sits in second with 20 points (7 goals, 6 assists) while Nikki Profita follows with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists).
- Groothius currently ranks third in Division I for assists per game (0.80) and seventh for points per game (2.27).
- Kerrie Burns leads the team on the backline with three defensive saves. Groothuis, Profita, Austyn Cuneo, Emily Howarth and Abby Regn also own one defensive save each.
- Gianna Glatz, the NFHCA national Defensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, has been the primary goalkeeper for the Scarlet Knights this season and owns a 1.24 goals against average and .785 save percentage. One of the top ten goalkeepers in the country, she ranks sixth in Division I for save percentage.
The Eagles will close the regular season back at home next weekend, starting with the final conference match of the season on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Colgate. AU will make a quick turnaround on Sunday, as the Eagles host returning NCAA Champion No. 5 Connecticut at 1 p.m. at Jacobs Complex. Sunday's game will also serve as the 2018 Senior Day celebration for the team's six graduating seniors - Megan Benson, Annaka Groschinski, Maura Jacobs, Rafaela Rubas, Rachel Stefano, and Lucy Whalley.
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