WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team dropped its second Patriot League game of the season on Saturday, falling on the road to Lafayette, 3-1.
The Eagles are now 7-6 overall, 3-2 in the league, while the Leopards rise to 7-9 overall and 4-1 in the PL.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Rafaela Rubas came away with the Eagles' only goal of the day, scoring off a penalty stroke in the final minute of the game. Rubas put up a game-high seven shots including six on goal.
- The goal came after a flurry of shots from AU as the team pressed during the final minutes of the game to overcome the three-goal deficit. In five minutes of play, the Eagles put up seven shots and earned four penalty corners, but were unable to capitalize after Lafayette goalkeeper Sarah Park picked up four saves and defender Rachel Bird added two defensive saves.
- Lafayette freshman forward Molly McAndrew led with a game-high two goals, including the first of the day to break the scoreless stalemate with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. Theresa Delahanty added the team's third goal in the 56th minute and also pitched in with an assist along with Caroline Turnbull.
- The Eagles closed with a 13-9 advantage in shots, 10-5 in penalty corners, but struggled to get past Park who closed the day with six saves.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs picked up a pair of saves on the day.
HEAR FROM COACH JENNINGS
We ran into a very passionate and hungry Lafayette team today. I applaud them for the way they competed and in the end, the outcome was earned by their commitment to each other on the field. We can learn a great deal from the match today and it will be critical for our success to apply it immediately."
The Eagles will close out the two-game weekend with a 2 p.m. start at Rutgers on Sunday. For the latest on American University Field Hockey, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.