WASHINGTON - The No. 22 American University field team tallied its fourth consecutive win on Friday, overcoming Lehigh on the road, 4-0.
The Eagles build to 7-2 overall this season, 2-0 in Patriot League play, while the Mountain Hawks continue to search for their first conference win at 0-2 in the PL and 2-7 overall.
"We are excited to get a road win against a Lehigh team that played with a lot of energy and passion," head coach Steve Jennings said. "The deep defense did an outstanding job once again to limit threatening opportunities, and we now turn our attention to Sunday's match against a very talented Penn squad."
Junior midfielder Rafaela Rubas put up two goals in the first half to lead the team, with senior Leah DiGiandomenico and junior Rachel Stefano each adding one. Stefano and Rubas each also added an assist, along with senior Haley Bowcutt and junior Annaka Groschinski.
Junior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs faced only one shot on goal during her 70 minutes in net, coming up with the save after a late shot from Lehigh's Amanda Boyer closed out the first half.
Rubas wasted little time getting the scoring rolling during the afternoon matchup, putting in her first goal in the fifth minute off of a penalty corner from Bowcutt.
Her second goal came just a few minutes later after another penalty corner from Bowcutt found Groschinski, who put up the shot but was blocked. Rubas collected the rebound and was able to put away the goal.
The remainder of the half was fairly uneventful, with the Eagles getting only three more shots off in the final seven minutes. The second half, however, started much like the first with DiGiandomenico adding her name to the scoresheet in only the third minute after firing off a loose ball in front of the net.
AU put up only four more shots heading into the final minute of the game. But a final penalty corner from Bowcutt with 18 seconds left on the clock gave the Eagles one more look at goal and Stefano took advantage, hitting her first career goal with only two seconds left in the game.
This is the second consecutive game that an Eagle has nabbed her first career goal in the final seconds after junior Megan Benson landed her first with just over a minute left against Drexel on Sunday.
Bowcutt continues to lead the Eagles' scoring efforts so far this season with seven goals, followed by Rubas, DiGiandomenico and freshman Noor Coenen with five each.
Jacobs now sits with 21 saves so far this season for a .700 save percentage and 1.03 goals against average.
The Eagles will be back home on Sunday with a 1 p.m. match against Penn on Jacobs Field. For the latest on AU Field Hockey, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.