BOSTON – In a battle for first place in the Patriot League, the American University field hockey team fell short against 17th-ranked Boston University on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 5-3 decision.
The Eagles fell to 7-4 overall on the season and 2-1 in the Patriot League, while the Terriers improved to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in the league.
Junior Natalie Konerth finished with three points (1g, 1a) to lead American, which was outshot 12-5 for the game.
BU was quick to get on the board, capitalizing on a penalty corner in the second minute of action. Less than a minute and a half later, the Eagles scored the equalizer on their own penalty corner attempt, as freshman Rafaela Rubas found the back of the cage with a feed from Konerth.
With 16:47 remaining in the first half, American took the lead with a tally from Konerth. However, the Terriers responded with a goal in the final three minutes of the period to bring the score to 2-2 at the half.
BU regained its advantage seven minutes into the second half, but the Eagles responded once more, this time with a goal from freshman Lucy Whalley. The Terriers finished strong down the stretch, scoring on a pair of penalty corners in the final 15 minutes, to secure the victory.
"Today's game was a lesson in momentum shifts," said American head coach Steve Jennings. "We paid dearly when BU was in rhythm and were able to capitalize when we got on the front foot. Inside the final 15 minutes, we got caught chasing the game instead of leading from the front and we weren't able to come out on top.
"This match can be a catalyst for incredibly positive change if we focus on what we need to do to get to the next level."
The Eagles return to action next Saturday, Oct. 10, when they visit Colgate for a Patriot League matchup.