Nov. 2, 2006
WASHINGTON - No. 19 American University begins postseason play on Saturday when it hosts Bucknell University at 11 a.m. in the Patriot League semifinals at the William I Jacobs Recreational Complex. The Eagles finished the regular season with a 12-6 record and a perfect 5-0 in the Patriot League. AU currently leads the series over Bucknell 11-3, posting a 2-0 victory over the Bison in the 2006 season.
Offensively, the Eagles are led by sophomore Irene Schickhardt (Ludwigsburg, Germany/Schiller), junior Denise Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago College), and seniors Heidi Hershberger (Davis, Calif./Davis) and Camila Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago College). Schickhardt leads the team in points with 30, coming on 11 goals and eight assists. Denise Infante has been a constant force in the defensive zone and with her quick transition play she is second on the team in points with 27, tallying nine goals and nine assists. Senior Camila Infante, the 2005 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, has recorded nine goals and four assists, with two goals coming in the 4-1 victory over Holy Cross to clinch first place in regular season. Hershberger is close behind with nine goals and one assist tallying for 19 points and leading the Eagles in game-winning goals with four.
AU's impact defense continues to contribute to the team's success and its undefeated record in conference play. Infante, a defender who is second on the team in points, is just one example of the versatile players AU has in its back. The Eagle defense has allowed just 35 goals on 186 shots. Senior goalkeeper Allison Fayfich (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) has a .689 save percentage, allowing just 28 goals in the 2006 season.
2006 marks the fourth consecutive season American has remained undefeated in the Patriot League. AU started out the season with two losses which then ended with a seven-game win streak, its longest of the season.
Be sure to tune in to Eagle Vision All*Access at AUEagles.com for a live broadcast of the game, including play-by-play by Andrew Baumhor and color commentating by Lindsay Carroll.
Following the top-seeded Eagles' matchup against Bucknell is Holy Cross and Lafayette who will play in the second game, beginning at 1:30 p.m. 2006 Patriot League Field Hockey Championship information can also be found on the PL website. Click here to access this information.
The Patriot League champion will be crowned after Sunday's match which begins at 1:00 p.m.
American University is the defending PL Champion, defeating Holy Cross 4-2 in last year's final. Holy Cross is 4-1 coming into the tournament, with their only loss being to AU. No. 3 seed Lafayette is 3-2, while the Bison are 1-4.
Admission for the tournament is free with tournament programs and Patriot League merchandise available to purchase.