Scoring two of its goals in the first eight minutes of action, the 19th-ranked American University field hockey team earned a 3-0 victory over Saint Joseph’s Friday in the opening game of the AU Tournament.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 2-1 on the year, while the Hawks drop to 2-1.
American was able to take advantage of an early penalty corner, getting on the board just over a minute into the contest as freshman Leah DiGiandomenico notched the first goal of her career with a feed from senior captain Grace Wilson.
The Eagles added to their advantage with 26:50 on the clock in the first half, with senior Jess Davis scoring in transition. Meanwhile, freshman Sophia Crawshay buried her first career tally 16 minutes into the contest with an assist by Grace Parke.
While AU controlled the tempo in the first half, the tables were turned after the intermission, with the Hawks outshooting the Eagles 9-1 in the second period. However, American’s defense held strong to secure its second-straight shutout.
Saint Joseph’s took six penalty corners in the contest, including five in the second half, and was awarded a penalty stroke in the final minute that missed wide, while American was awarded four penalty corners in the game.
The Eagles conclude the AU Tournament on Sunday, as they host 16th-ranked Michigan State at noon. Meanwhile, Saint Joseph’s and Michigan State will meet Saturday at 1:00 p.m.