WASHINGTON – The No. 21 American University field hockey team suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday, falling to No. 23 Old Dominion, 4-2.
"ODU did a great job of putting us under pressure today," head coach Steve Jennings said. "Their organization and determination dictated the first half, and by the time we started to truly compete the score line was a tough one for us to chase.
"In many ways we couldn't ask for a better series of challenges this weekend, and we are excited to use the opportunities provided to learn and grow."
Sophomore Kathryn Roncoroni and senior Haley Bowcutt led the Eagles' (1-1, 0-0 PL) scoring efforts with on goal each, taking assists from senior Anne Waverly Spencer and freshman Noor Coenen, respectively. Old Dominion (1-1, 0-0 Big East) was led by a two-goal effort from Erin Huffman.
The Monarchs gained an early lead after a fourth-minute goal from Huffman. AU drew even 13 minutes later with a goal from Roncoroni, but was unable to hold the tie heading into halftime after another goal from Huffman put ODU back in the lead.
The Monarchs maintained the pressure into the second half, hitting a pair of quick goals to gain a three-point edge over the Eagles. Bowcutt brought AU back within two off a cross from Coenen, but the Eagles were unable to edge any closer before the final whistle.
The team will be back on the road next weekend with a pair of games in East Lansing, Mich. First up will be Michigan State at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by Central Michigan at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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