Nov. 3, 2006
WASHINGTON - Head Coach Steve Jennings earned Patriot League Coach of the Year and junior defender Denise Infante was named PL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2006 season, league officials announced Friday night at the Championship Banquet.
Junior Denise Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago) took home the award for the first time in her collegiate career. Infante has been recognized by the coaches of the conference for three consecutive years now, earning Second Team All-Patriot League as a freshman and sophomore and being named the PL Tournament MVP in both 2004 and 2005.
The Santiago, Chile, native anchors a defense that holds a 1.86 goals against average, while recording two defensive saves, one in a 6-5 double overtime victory against Lehigh University. With her swift transition, Infante is a two-way threat for American University. She is second on the Eagles in points with 27, tallying nine goals and nine assists, a feat that ranks her fourth in the Patriot League. American has out shot its opponents 273-179, with just over 100 of those shots being on goal.
Jennings takes home his third PL Coach of the Year award after leading the program to its fourth consecutive undefeated record in conference play. With a perfect mark of 5-0 in the Patriot League, Jennings and his senior class are currently sporting a 27 game win streak. The three-time PL Coach of the year has led AU to many firsts, ranging from Patriot League Championships to NCAA tournament wins. Now in his eighth season with the Eagles, Jennings has reached his 100th career win, making him the first Patriot League coach to do so in this time frame.
2006 marks the second straight year the William I Jacobs Recreational Complex is home to the Patriot League Championship.
The top-seeded Eagles will play Bucknell in the first semi-final matchup, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Holy Cross and Lafayette will play in the second match, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The winner of each game will play at 1 p.m. on Sunday battling for the 2006 PL title.
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 alum Lindsay Carroll.