WASHINGTON – The No. 25 American University field hockey team is set to conclude its three-game home stretch this weekend, as the Eagles host Holy Cross on Saturday (noon) and Longwood on Sunday (1 p.m.).
AU is 7-3 overall for the season (2-0 PL) after the 3-2 loss in overtime to Penn on Sunday. American is one of three teams still undefeated in Patriot League play along with Holy Cross (5-5, 2-0 PL) and Boston University (5-4, 1-0 PL). Longwood enters the weekend with an 8-1 overall record (1-0 MAC).
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
The Eagles split their two games last weekend, starting with their fifth shutout of the season against Lehigh. AU remains undefeated in the PL after overpowering the Mountain Hawks, 4-0, off of goals from senior Leah DiGiandomenico, junior Rafaela Rubas, and the first career goal from junior defender Rachel Stefano, who earned the PL Defensive Player of the Week nod on Tuesday.
AU returned home on Sunday with a tough overtime loss to Penn. AU gained an early lead over the Quakers after freshman Noor Coenen's first of two goals, but fell to a one-goal deficit by halftime. Coenen's second goal early in the second half tied the game up and sent the two teams into overtime, and Penn came away with the win after a quick golden goal.
The Eagles continue to show their depth on the offensive line, with ten players all contributing to the team's 34-goal tally. Leading the way is senior Haley Bowcutt, who hit a new career-high 18 points (seven goals, four assists) last weekend. Coenen (seven goals, two assists) and Rubas (five goals, six assists) follow with 16 points each.
Bowcutt ranks second in the league in points and goals, while Rubas leads the league in assists and ranks second for shots.
Junior Maura Jacobs continues to lead the team from the cage with 22 saves for a .647 save percentage and a league-high 1.23 goals against average.
Overall, the Eagles average 17.4 shots per game and 3.40 goals per game, leading the PL in both categories. The team also ranks sixth in the NCAA for shutouts this season, averaging 0.50 per game. AU also ranks within the top ten of Division I for goals per game (No. 9), penalty corners (No. 5), points per game (No. 8) and scoring average (No. 9).
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross also enters the weekend off a loss after falling to No. 14 Harvard, 7-0, on Wednesday. The Crusaders join AU as two of the three remaining undefeated teams in the PL after notching wins over Colgate, 4-0, and Lehigh, 5-1.
Seven players have contributed to the team's 24 goals this season, starting with Maureen Connolly's ten goals and five assists for a team-high and league-high 25 points. Emily Loprete follows with 12 points (five goals, two assists).
Marcia LaPlante is the sole goalkeeper for the Crusaders and leads the league with 95 saves for a .772 save percentage. She also ranks third in the NCAA with 9.50 saves per game and holds a 2.81 goals against average.
Overall, Holy Cross averages 2.40 goals per game off of 11.4 shots per game, and rank second in the PL behind American in both categories.
SCOUTING THE LANCERS
Longwood comes into Sunday's match on a four-game winning streak, including a 4-0 victory over Central Michigan on Sept. 23 to open up Mid-Atlantic Conference play.
The Lancers are led by Leonie Verstraete's 20 points (eight goals, four assists) so far this season. Edel Nyland follows with 14 points (seven goals).
Longwood has presented a strong defensive line this season, holding its opponents to only seven goals this season. Katie Wyman leads the team from goal with 24 saves for a .774 save percentage and 0.98 goals against average.
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