The #20 American University field hockey team will host both of last season's NCAA Championship Game participants when it welcomes #3 Wake Forest onto Jacobs Field on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. and #1 Maryland on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. Sunday's game against Wake Forest is the second stop on the 2009-10 Phil Bender World and the Eagles' third annual ‘Phil Jacobs' event.
American is led by senior Savannah Graybill and junior Christine Fingerhuth who have four goals apiece. Graybill is currently ranked 14th at American in career points with 73 while Fingerhuth ranks 17th with 58. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Alyssa Poorman and defenders Anne-Meike de Wiljes, Tatum Dyer, and Carly Boyce have held opponents to only 1.62 goals per game.
Last week the Eagles won their home opener, 2-0, against Cal. Seniors Emily Stovicek and de Wiljes each tallied a goal in the win. Stovicek's score was her first of the year while de Wiljes's goal was her third. Two days later, the team lost a tough game to #13 James Madison in a stroke-off, 3-2. Fingerhuth scored two goals to give American a 2-0 lead early in the second half but two late scores by JMU sent the match into overtime.
The Eagles will look to avenge last season's NCAA Tournament loss to the Demon Deacons who eventually lost to Maryland in the national championship game. Wake Forest has won four straight games this year and has a 6-1 record entering the weekend. Senior midfielder Melissa Martin leads the team in scoring with 11 points (3 G, 5 A) while goalkeepers Kaitlyn Ruhf and Julia Young have each recorded three wins and have a combined 2.20 goals against average. The Demon Deacons will face Maryland on Sept. 26 before playing the Eagles on the 27th.
The Eagles will return to Jacobs Field on Sept. 29 to host local rival and defending NCAA National Champion Maryland. Junior forward Katie O'Donnell has 33 points this season including a team high 13 assists. Goalkeeper Alicia Grater has started every game for the Terrapins and has a .833 save percentage.
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