WASHINGTON – The No. 22 American University field hockey team will look to stretch its win streak to five on Sunday, as the Eagles host Penn at 1 p.m. on Jacobs Field.
The Eagles are 7-2 for the season, 2-0 in the Patriot League, and haven't lost a game since they fell, 2-1, to No. 9 Louisville on Sept. 8. The Quakers are 2-4 overall this season and will open conference play on Saturday with a noon start against Cornell.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
AU is riding some good momentum heading into Sunday's match, after they traveled up to Lehigh for their fifth shutout of the season on Friday. The Eagles have scored at least four goals in each of their last four matchups, including Friday's 4-0 win over the Mountain Hawks.
Junior Rafaela Rubas tallied back-to-back goals in the first half to get the scoring going for the red, white and blue. Senior Leah DiGiandomenico added her name to the scoresheet early in the second half, followed by junior defender Rachel Stefano who hit her first career goal with only two seconds left on the clock.
Ten Eagles have contributed to the team's 32 goals so far this season, starting with senior Haley Bowcutt who tied her career-high with seven after the first nine games. Rubas, DiGiandomenico and freshman Noor Coenen follow with five each.
Junior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs continues to lead the Eagles from the cage with 21 saves this season, holding a .700 save percentage and 1.03 goals against average.
AU remains among the top 25 teams in NCAA Division I, and rank within the top ten of the country in several categories – shutouts (No. 5), penalty corners per game (No. 7), goals per game (No. 8), scoring average (No. 9), and points per game (No. 10).
Individually, three Eagles fall within the top 20 in the NCAA, including Rubas who is No. 17 for assists per game, Bowcutt who is No. 15 for goals per game, and Jacobs who is No. 13 for goals against average and No. 14 for goalie win-loss percentage.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn opened its conference slate on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Cornell, raising their record to 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League.
The Quakers are led by senior Alexa Hoover, who has 12 points for the season off of five goals and two assists. Only four other players have contributed to Penn's scoresheet so far this season, starting with two goals from both Alexa Schneck and Rachel Mirkin.
Senior Liz Mata leads the team in the cage with 25 saves for a .694 save percentage and 1.62 goals against average.
The Quakers average 1.57 goals per game off of 9.1 shots per game and a .172 shooting percentage.
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