Field Hockey Looks to Reclaim Patriot League Title; Takes on Bucknell Friday

The American University field hockey team will face Bucknell in a rematch of last season's Patriot League Semifinals when it takes on the Bison in the 2012 Patriot League Tournament on Friday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Easton, Pa.

American (9-9, 4-1) enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed following a 2-1 victory over Bucknell on Saturday. Gina Hofmann notched the first goal of the day for the Eagles with Shelly Montgomery registering her fourth game-winning goal of the season three minutes after Bucknell tied it. The Eagles' defense held on for the win despite back-to-back Bison penalty corners in the final three seconds of the game and a 6-3 Bucknell edge in shots on goal. Ashley Dalisera registered five saves as the starting goalkeeper.

Hofmann was named the 2012 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year earlier today, the seventh American student-athlete in the past eight years to earn the award, and Julie Fosseprez was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Hofmann and Montgomery earned All-Patriot League First Team honors while Jaclyn Anspach, Fosseprez and Rebecca Treharne were recognized on the Second Team.

Montgomery leads the Eagles with 14 goals and three assists with Hofmann posting a team-high eight assists, adding four goals. Anspach is second on the team with seven goals on the year and Alex McMackin also has 14 points on five goals and four assists. Dalisera has started 17 games for American, posting a 1.87 goals against average with 86 saves.

Bucknell (9-9, 3-2) received the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and is led by Tayler Siegrist with 22 points on eight goals and six assists. Rachel Misko and Amie Pritchard have added 17 points apiece while Maggie Murphy has recorded a team-high 10 assists. Perrine is ranked second in the conference with a 1.82 goals against average, posting 85 saves on the year.

The Bison handed American a 3-2 loss in the Patriot League Semifinals last year at Jacobs Field after the Eagles battled back from a 2-0 deficit at the end of the first half to tie the game. American is 11-3 all-time against Bucknell and 2-1 in tournament play.

With a win, the Eagles would face the winner of the other semifinal between No. 1 Lafayette and fourth-seeded Colgate at 12 p.m. In regular season conference play, American fell to Lafayette, 4-1, and earned a 4-1 victory over the Raiders in Hamilton, N.Y.

The entire Patriot League Tournament can be watched live on Patriot League All*Access.