WASHINGTON – Junior Jess Davis scored a career-high two goals to lead the American University field hockey team in a 4-1 victory over Patriot League foe Colgate on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles, who honored the four members of their senior class prior to the game, improved to 8-6 overall and 3-1 in the Patriot League. Meanwhile, the Raiders fell to 4-8 overall and 3-1 in the league. American also clinches a berth in this year's league tournament, joining Bucknell and Colgate, with the fourth team to be determined.
The first AU tally of the afternoon came 11 and a half minutes into the contest. While on the ground, sophomore Natalie Konerth was able to deflect the ball into the goal to put the Eagles on the scoreboard. American added to its advantage less than five minutes later, when Davis found the goal on the left side with a pass from senior Grace Wilson.
Colgate rebounded with a score from Whitney Jones with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half, but Davis answered with her second goal of the game, this time off a pass from outside the circle by senior Carly Atchison.
The Eagles added to their goal total as junior Isabel Terwindt tallied an impressive score nearly 11 minutes into the second period. With a direct pass from Atchison on a penalty corner, Terwindt rocketed a shot that hit just inside the left post of the cage, putting the Eagles up by three.
While Colgate held the edge on shots and penalty corners in the second half, AU's defense held strong, preventing the Raiders from getting back on the scoreboard.
For the game, American outshot Colgate 18-9, including a 13-2 edge in the opening half, and attempted 10 penalty corners, eight of which came in the first half.
"We wanted to get off to a strong start and we wanted to be able to generate a lot more scoring opportunities, get some second-chance opportunities," said American head coach Steve Jennings. "We really did a great job with that. We just jumped right in and it was great that we could get an early 2-0. It was just an all-around great effort and we're really pleased with the result."
"I think as a team we played really well together," added Davis. "We moved as a unit up and down the field, which has been a goal of ours for the last couple of weeks. The backs are supporting the mids and the mids are supporting our forwards, which I think led to our scoring goals."
The Eagles close out their home slate next Friday, Oct. 18, as they host Boston University at 3 p.m.