Oct. 28, 2006
WASHINGTON - No. 19 American University women's field hockey team defeated Holy Cross 4-1 for the regular season PL title and will host the conference tournament on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 at the William I Jacobs Recreational Complex.
The Eagles, now 12-6 and 5-0 in the Patriot League, got off to a strong start when senior Kaitlin DeTroia (North Caldwell, N.J./W. Essex Regional) beat several defenders in the left corner and drilled the ball from what looked like an impossible angle. Catching the keeper off guard, DeTroia tallied her third goal of the season, giving AU an early advantage.
It took just 1:43 seconds for Holy Cross to knot the game at one. Junior attack Sara O'Coin (Worcester, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) drove through the Crusaders offensive zone with great speed, forcing Eagle Goalkeeper Allison Fayfich (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) to come off her line. After Fayfich was called for the foul, Holy Cross's Susie Whelan (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) capitalized on the penalty stroke and tied the game before half.
Entering the second stanza with the score locked at one, American came out ready to win. Tiffany Carter (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School of Princeton) gave American the lead in the 41st minute off a Heidi Hershberger (Davis, Calif./Davis) assist and the flood gates opened from there. This was Carter's second game-winner of the season.
Not satisfied with the one goal advantage, Camila Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago College) netted back to back goals to extend American's lead to three. Just before the 50 minute mark, Infante weaved through several defenders and with a backhanded, diving shot she tallied her eighth goal of the season. Still on fire, Infante did it again just under 16 minutes later.
AU was strong on the defensive end as well, allowing only four shots, with just two being on goal.
With the defense being led by seniors Fayfich and Erin Rock (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) and each of the goals scored and assisted by seniors, the Class of 2006 stepped up on their day and remains undefeated in Patriot League play throughout their four seasons at American.
The game marked the fourth consecutive year that the Eagles have gone undefeated in the PL regular season. It was AU's final tune-up before it hosts its second Patriot League Tournament.
Please stay tuned to AUEagles.com for the tournament schedule as we wait for results in the other Patriot League Matches.