WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team will be looking for redemption this weekend, as the Eagles travel to Boston University for the Patriot League Tournament. The weekend will open with a rematch of the 2017 PL semifinal between the No. 2-seed Eagles and the 3-seed Bucknell at 2:30 p.m. at New Balance Field in Boston, Mass.
The winners of the two semifinal games (No. 2 American v. No. 3 Bucknell, No. 1 Boston University v. No. 4 Lafayette) will advance to the Patriot League Championship at noon on Sunday, Nov. 4.
The Eagles enter the postseason off of an 8-8 overall record, 4-2 in the Patriot League, during the regular season. Bucknell closed its regular season with back-to-back wins to rise to 9-7 overall, 4-2 in the PL.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO...
- The Eagles had a good showing in the Patriot League postseason awards, highlighted by second consecutive honors for seniors Rafaela Rubas (Offensive Player of the Year) and Maura Jacobs (Scholar-Athlete of the Year). Jacobs was also selected for her first career Goalkeeper of the Year award.
- Sophomore Noor Coenen joined Rubas and Jacobs on the First Team All-Patriot League while seniors Megan Benson and Rachel Stefano were both selected to the Second Team All-Patriot League.
- Senior Annaka Groschinski rounded out the award winners this week with her first career selection to the Academic All-Patriot League.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Eagles closed the regular season at home last weekend with a decisive 6-1 victory over Colgate before falling to No. 4 UConn during Sunday's Senior Day celebration, 5-1.
- Sophomore Noor Coenen earned AU's only goal of the day against the Huskies, placing a beautiful reverse stick shot into the upper corner of the cage.
- Coenen also contributed a goal and an assist during the win over the Raiders. Junior Jette Dieckmann, sophomore Carlotta Borcherding and freshman Georgia Davies added a goal each against Colgate while senior Annaka Groschinski led the team with two goals and an assist.
- Sophomore Noor Coenen continues to lead the Eagles with 24 points (9 goals, 6 assists) during the regular season. Senior Rafaela Rubas follows with 19 points (6 goals, 7 assists) while senior Annaka Groschinski is third with 14 points (3 goals, 8 assists).
- It's been a career-record season for Groschinski, who leads the league in assists after averaging 0.50 during the regular season. She enters the postseason with a career-highs across the board.
- A total of 13 Eagles have contributed to AU's scoresheet so far this season, including three freshmen with Georgia Davies (4), Hannah Moser (3) and Aidan Rossman(3). Davies currently ranks fourth on the team with 13 points so far this season after adding five assists.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs has also ranked among the top in the league all season and currently leads with a 1.55 goals against average and sits in third with a .730 save percentage. She closed the regular season with a milestone mark as she picked up her 200th save during the senior day game against No. 4 UConn.
- As a team, the Eagles are averaging 2.9 goals per game and 12.1 shots per game with a .242 shooting percentage. They are also averaging 1.69 goals against per game and 6.9 penalty corners per game.
- It's a familiar setting for the Patriot League Semifinal between American and Bucknell. In 2017, the No. 2 seed Eagles were back up in Boston for the Patriot League Tournament where they were set to face No. 3 seed Bucknell. The Bison eventually came away with the win after pushing the game into a shootout.
- The Eagles rose to 25-7 against the Bison after a thrilling 1-0 overtime win in Lewisburg on Saturday, Oct. 6.
- American leads Bucknell in the Patriot League Tournament, 3-2, with the Eagles' last victory coming out of the 2012 season when AU topped the Bison, 4-0, in the semifinal round.
SCOUTING THE BISON
- Bucknell is coming off a pair of wins last weekend against Lafayette, 4-1, and Appalachian State, 3-2.
- Brittany Willwerth (First Team All-PL) leads the Bison with 22 points off seven goals and eight assists. She is followed by another First Team honoree with Lexi Quick, who has 20 points on the season with seven goals and six assists.
- Sally Olson (Second Team All-PL) leads the back line with three defensive stops.
- Olivia Harris (First Team All-PL) has been the Bison's lone goalkeeper all season and averaged 1.71 goals against and .730 save percentage during the regular season.
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