WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team nabbed its biggest victory of the season so far on Sunday, overwhelming Central Michigan with a 6-0 final score.
The Eagles now sit at 3-1 overall while the Chippewas will continue the search for their first win of 2017 with a 0-4 record.
"We are really happy to get the win today," head coach Steve Jennings said. "The team played some excellent passing hockey throughout the game, and really came on very strong in the second half to make a big margin in the scoreline.
"It was always going to be a tough game. We knew Central Michigan was going to play really hard, and they were able to do a great job for quite a while but, fortunately, we were able to get in good scoring positions and have a lot of second-chance opportunities. So really pleased with our performance, and we are looking forward to continuing to grow and getting ready for a tough weekend coming up at the Maryland Tournament."
The Eagles' scoreline was a tale of both youth and experience, as a pair of both seniors and freshmen contributed to AU's final tally. Leading the way for the red, white and blue was senior Leah DiGiandomenico and freshman Noor Coenen, who both put up two goals for the day. Senior Haley Bowcutt and freshman Carlotta Borcherding followed with one goal each.
For both Coenen and Borcherding, Sunday's matinee matchup marked their first goals in the AU uniform.
The Eagles' defense, anchored by full-match efforts from juniors Rachel Stefano and Annaka Groschinski, was able to shut down CMU's offense. The Chippewas were unable to get a single shot off during the 70 minutes of play, and only had one penalty corner during the second half.
AU, on the other hand, put up eight shots in the first half, 21 in the second, and had a total of 12 penalty corners - one of which ended up in a goal for Coenen.
The Eagles will return for a pair of local games next weekend with the Terrapin Invitational in College Park, Md. The tournament will start on Friday with a 4 p.m. contest against Louisville and will end on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Towson.
American's first home series will be on Saturday, Sept. 16, and Sunday, Sept. 17, against Bucknell and Drexel.
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