No. 22 @AU_FieldHockey Continues PL Schedule at Lehigh

Senior Haley Bowcutt vs. Bucknell (9/16/2017)

WASHINGTON - The No. 22 American University field hockey team is back on the road this Friday with its second Patriot League contest of the season, traveling to Lehigh for a 4 p.m. start.

The Eagles (6-2, 1-0 PL) are coming off exciting back-to-back home wins after they opened up their conference schedule with a 4-0 win over Bucknell on Saturday, followed by a 4-1 victory over Drexel on Sunday. 

Among the highlights out of the weekend were the four Patriot League Players of the Week, as AU swept the conference awards with senior Haley Bowcutt (Offensive Player of the Week), junior Maura Jacobs (Goalkeeper of the Week), junior Annaka Groschinski (Defensive Player of the Week), and freshman Noor Coenen (Rookie of the Week).  

Bowcutt, who currently leads the squad in scoring with 17 points (seven goals, three assists) so far this season, had her first career hat trick on Saturday with three goals in the final 20 minutes against the Bison.

Coenen also tabbed a goal against Bucknell before netting a pair of thrillers against Drexel on Sunday. She currently ranks second on the team with 12 points (five goals, two assists) in her debut season.

Senior Samantha McCormick also came away from the Drexel game with a goal, along with junior midfielder Megan Benson, who scored her first goal as an Eagle in the final minutes on Sunday.

A total of nine Eagles have made it onto the scoreboard so far this season, including senior Leah DiGiandomenico and sophomore Kathryn Roncoroni, who have both scored four times in eight games.

Juniors Annaka Groschinski and Rachel Stefano both lead AU's defensive line with one defensive save each while Jacobs leads in the cage with 20 saves for a .690 save percentage and 1.17 goals against average.

Lehigh (2-6, 0-1 PL) is also coming off a win after overcoming Siena, 4-1, on Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak. The Mountain Hawks lost their PL opener at Holy Cross, 1-5, on Friday, Sept. 15.

Junior Teresa Carotenuto leads Lehigh's scoring efforts this season with three goals for a team-high six points. Six other Mountain Hawks have contributed to the scoresheet, including freshman Drew Pecora's three points (one goal, one assist). Junior Kendra Sandhu highlight's Lehigh's defensive efforts with three defensive saves in eight games.

Sophomore Paige Innarella leads the Mountain Hawks goalkeeping squad this season with 20 saves for a .645 save percentage and a 1.97 goals against average.

The Eagles will return home on Sunday with a 1 p.m. matinee against Penn on Jacobs Field. For the latest on AU Field Hockey, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.