WASHINGTON – The American University field hockey team made a strong push in the second half but were unable to overcome the first half deficit as the Eagles fell to No. 24 Boston University in the championship game of the 2018 Patriot League Tournament.
AU closes its season with a 9-9 overall record, 4-2 in the Patriot League, while the Terriers will advance into the NCAA Tournament with a 12-7 record on the season, 6-0 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The game was not only a showdown between the two best teams in the Patriot League, but also between three of the top players in the conference with AU seniors Rafaela Rubas (Offensive Player of the Year) and Maura Jacobs (Goalkeeper of the Year) and BU's senior Ally Hammel (Defensive Player of the Year).
- BU was first to get on the board with a goal from Maika Akroyd who picked up the rebound after the Terriers' second penalty corner of the game.
- Senior Rafaela Rubas hit the equalizer less than 10 minutes later, redirecting a shot from classmate Annaka Groschinski during the Eagles' first penalty corner at the 24:38 mark.
- Boston regained a one-goal advantage less than a minute later after Maggie New put in a long shot from the top of the circle.
- The Eagles made some big pushes toward goal during the second half, putting up five shots and forcing two penalty corners in an effort to find their second equalizer, but were unable to break through the Terriers' defensive line.
- BU also got some dangerous looks in the second half, but a series of clutch saves from senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs kept the Terriers at bay.
- Jacobs closed the day with seven saves, bringing her total up to 214 as she closes her AU career.
- BU had the advantage in shots, 13-7, and penalty corners, 4-3.
HEAR FROM COACH JENNINGS
"We want to congratulate BU on an outstanding performance today. We made a strong run in the second half and thought we would find the equalizer, but their deep defense held and won them the championship. We wish them the best as they go forward into the NCAA Tournament.
"We are very proud of our team and our effort. In particular, we want to thank our seniors for four amazing years. They are a great credit to AU and to our program. We look forward to seeing them grow and we will now look toward our returners who will bring with them important lessons from this season."
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