WASHINGTON - A day after a tough 3-1 loss to Patriot League foe Lafayette, the American University field hockey team bounced back in a tight battle against No. 13 Rutgers but eventually fell to the Scarlet Knights in overtime, 1-0.
The Eagles are now 7-7 on the season (3-2 PL) while Rutgers closes their regular season with a 13-4 overall record (4-4 Big Ten).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles had an early look in the first half with a shot from Noor Coenen in the seventh minute of the game but was unable to push the ball past the Rutgers' keeper and NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) National Defensive Player of the Week, Gianna Glatz.
- It took another 12 minutes for senior Rafaela Rubas to put up the game's second shot after AU's first penalty corner of the day, but it sailed high of the cage to keep the two teams knotted at 0-0.
- Neither team was able to get another shot off during the first half as the Eagles and Scarlet Knights entered the break at a 0-0 stalemate.
- That score would remain through the next 35 minutes of play, although the Rutgers' offensive made a late push after a series of penalty corners gave them three looks at goal. Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs picked up a pair of saves and one shot went wide, pushing the Eagles into their fourth overtime game of the season.
- Neither side was able to break through the opposing team's defensive line until the 78th minute when Rutgers midfielder Daphne Groothius converted a turnover into a goal to close the game.
- Rutgers led the Eagles 5-2 in shots and 3-2 in penalty corners.
HEAR FROM COACH JENNINGS
"We played an outstanding game against a very talented and strong Rutgers team today. I thought our connection and ability to press together created great opportunities for us going forward. We are disappointed to lose, but definitely see this type of performance as a stepping stone to help us get to where we want to go."
The Eagles will close the regular season back 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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