WASHINGTON – It's a rematch two years in the making. After outlasting Bucknell, 1-0, on Friday, the American University field hockey team advanced to its 12th Patriot League Championship in 15 years where the Eagles will face No. 1-seed Boston University in a noon showdown on Sunday.
The Eagles (9-8, 4-2 PL) and No. 24 Terriers (11-7, 6-0 PL) last faced each other in the PL championship in 2016 when AU upset host BU, 1-0, to advance into the NCAA Tournament.
LAST TIME OUT
- Freshman Aidan Rossman scored her first game-winner in the AU uniform midway through the second half to pull the Eagles to the 1-0 win. She capitalized on a scramble in front of the net after an AU penalty corner, picking up the rebound after a shot from senior Rafaela Rubas was blocked to earn her fourth career goal.
- The Eagles nearly gained an early lead when a shot from sophomore Noor Coenen was called back. From there, it was a midfield battle between the two teams with AU getting another pair of good looks from Rubas and sophomore Lauren Fredricks before the break.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs picked up four saves on the day.
- AU led the Bison in shots, 12-8, and penalty corners, 9-3.
- Sophomore Noor Coenen leads the Eagles in scoring with 24 points off a team-high nine goals and six assists. Senior Rafaela Rubas follows with 19 points off six goals and seven assists.
- Senior Annaka Groschinski entered the tournament with a league-high eight assists, averaging 0.50 per game. She has earned career-highs across the board with three goals, eight assists, and 14 points.
- Thirteen Eagles have contributed to AU's scoreline this season including three freshmen with Georgia Davies (four goals), Aidan Rossman (four) and Hannah Moser (three).
- Coenen and freshman Maura Phelan have contributed the team's only two defensive stops of the season.
- Senior Rachel Stefano joins Groschinski as two of the key members of the Eagles' backline. Stefano has scored a career-high three goals so far this season and is one point shy of tying her career-high with six. She has led the Eagles' defense throughout the season as the team closed the regular season slate ranked first in the league for goals against average (1.69) and scoring margin (1.15).
- American also led the league in goals per game (2.94), assists per game (2.50), points per game (8.38) and scoring average (2.84) during the regular season.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs remains one of the best in the league with a 1.56 goals against average and .730 save percentage. She entered postseason play ranked first and third in the league in those categories, respectively.
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.
- The Eagles are 3-11 against the Terriers after falling to BU in overtime, 2-1, earlier this season.
- Boston has claimed the last two games in the series with the last AU win coming out of the 2016 Patriot League Championship game in Boston.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
- No. 1-seed Boston University broke the 1-1 stalemate against No. 4-seed Lafayette with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half on Friday to advance into Sunday's noon championship.
- Petra Hall tabbed both goals for the Terriers while Ailsa Connolly and Jordyn Beesmer contributed assists.
- Connolly leads the team with 20 points off eight goals and four assists. Hall sits alongside her with a team-high eight goals along with three assists for 19 points.
- Ally Hammel has pitched in a team-high five assists along with six goals for 17 points.
- Kathleen Keegan has led the Terriers from goal for the majority of the season and averages 1.68 goals against with a .609 save percentage.
- The Terriers closed the regular season as the only undefeated team in league play at 6-0 but sat in second behind AU for goals per game (2.35) and scoring average (2.32), and third for goals against average (1.85), points per game (6.41) and scoring margin (0.46).
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