Alyssa Poorman wins Patriot League Rookie of the Week

Alyssa Poorman wins Patriot League Rookie of the Week

Oct. 16, 2006

WASHINGTON - No. 17 American University women's field hockey player Alyssa Poorman (New Britan, Pa. /Central Bucks South) took home the Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor after recording her first shutout in the Eagles 2-0 victory over Lafayette, conference officials announced Monday.

In the first start of her collegiate career, Poorman instantly rewarded her coaches' confidence in her, as she posted a 2-0 shutout victory against Lafayette at home.

Poorman is an integral part of a freshmen class that has been instantly competitive in their inaugural season for AU. In the midst of the 2006 season, Poorman becomes the third AU player to earn Rookie of the Week honors, as rugged midfielder Anne-Meike De Wiljes (Hannover, Germany/Humboldschule Hannover) and quick-footed forward Savannah Graybill (Ephrata, Pa. /Cocalico) have also won the award, respectively.

The victory over Lafayette also extends American University's Patriot League win streak to 25 games dating back to the Eagles' loss against Holy Cross in the 2002 season. The win improves the Eagles' overall record to 10-4 in the 2006 season.

The Eagles are looking for revenge in their next game on Oct 18th at 4 p.m. when American will play an away game against No.1 Maryland. In the previous season, the No. 1 Terrapins ended the Eagles' season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.