WASHINGTON – The American University field hockey team is in East Lansing, Mich., this weekend for its second set of road games of the 2017 season. The Eagles will take on Michigan State at 6 p.m. on Friday followed by Central Michigan at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Both games will take place at Ralph Young Field on Michigan State's campus.
AU entered the season ranked No. 21 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) preseason poll, and were voted No. 1 in the preseason Patriot League poll.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
The Eagles split their first two games of the season last weekend after tallying an exciting 5-4 overtime victory over Richmond on Friday before falling to No. 23 Old Dominion, 4-2, on Sunday.
AU had a big second half rally against Richmond, coming back from a one-goal deficit at halftime to outshoot the Spiders 11-6 during the second half.
Sophomore Kathryn Roncoroni and senior Leah DiGiandomenico both contributed one goal each during regulation while junior Rafaela Rubas tallied two to start the season. It was senior Samantha McCormick who claimed the game-winner, though, netting her first goal of the year off a pass from senior Anne Waverly Spencer.
Roncoroni graced the scoresheet once again during the matchup against Old Dominion, bringing the game its only tie at 1-1 midway through the first half. Senior Haley Bowcutt joined Roncoroni on the scoreboard with the game's final goal off a pass from freshman Noor Coenen.
The Eagles currently hold a .300 shot percentage off their 14 shots per game average.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
MSU enters the weekend with a 2-1 record after bouncing back from a 4-0 loss to No. 25 Pacific during their season debut to clinch a 2-1 victory over UC Davis and a 5-4 double-overtime win over Cal.
The Spartans are led by Kendal Anderson, who currently holds four points this season off a pair of goals. Five other players have made the scoresheet this season including Sophie Macadre, who sits second on the team with three points.
Kate Miller leads MSU in the cage with a 3.44 goals against average. She has made 12 saves in her first three appearances this season.
The Spartans hold a .175 shot percentage off of a 13.3 shots per game average.
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