Despite Valiant Effort, American Field Hockey Falls to Top-Ranked Wake Forest 5-0 in NCAA Opening Round

Despite Valiant Effort, American Field Hockey Falls to Top-Ranked Wake Forest 5-0 in NCAA Opening Round

Nov. 11, 2006

Box Score

Winston-Salem, N.C. - The No. 19 American University women's field hockey team suffered a 5-0 loss to Wake Forest University in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament today in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Demon Deacons struck first just over 10 minutes into the game when they were awarded a penalty corner on an AU clear attempt. On the corner, senior Lauren Crandall fired a shot just past Eagles' goaltender Allison Fayfich (Wexford, Pa./N. Allegheny) to give the No. 1 seed its first lead of the game.

American University's best chance to tie the game before half came on an Irene Schickhardt cross with Kaitlin DeTroia there for the deflection. Deacons' goalkeeper Crystal Duffield came up with the save to keep Wake in control. Possession was split throughout the remainder of the first half and Wake Forest was up 1-0 when the whistle blew.

The Demon Deacons picked up where they left off in the second half capitalizing on three more penalty corners and a penalty stroke. Crandall scored two of the goals and posted two assists for six points in the game.

Fayfich tallied nine saves in the match as the Eagles were outshot 21-1 by Wake Forest. Fayfich came up big numerous times, including a diving save in the first half on a Demon Deacon penalty corner. Wake also held an 8-0 advantage in penalty corners in the contest, capitalizing on four in the win.

American finishes the season 14-7 overall and 7-0 in the Patriot League. It was the first time since the 2003 season that the Eagles did not advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The game marked the final match of the season for AU's six seniors, including Patriot League MVP Camila Infante, goalkeeper Fayfich, forwards Kaitlin DeTroia, Heidi Hershberger, Tiffany Carter and defender Erin Rock. These six athletes end their career with a great resume, being named four-time Patriot League Champions, remaining undefeated in conference play going 29-0 and playing in four consecutive NCAA tournaments.