WASHINGTON – The No. 24 American University field hockey team was handed its first Patriot League loss of the season on Saturday, as the Eagles fell to No. 25 Boston University, 2-1.
The Eagles are now 9-4 overall this season and 3-1 in the PL while the Terriers continue their undefeated record in league play at 3-0 and 7-5 overall.
"It was a hard fought game today with two strong teams pushing each other throughout," head coach Steve Jennings said. "Both defenses limited opportunities and in the end, they were able to convert one more chance than we did. BU is a great team with great coaching and we hope to use this experience to make us better."
Sophomore Kathryn Roncoroni was the lone AU scorer, hitting her fifth goal of the season off an assist from freshman Noor Coenen. Coenen and freshman Lauren Fredricks were the only other two Eagles to get shots on goal with one each.
Junior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs had a game-high four saves to bring her total tally up to 33 for the season.
Both teams were held to less than ten shots, with AU getting off a season-low six and Boston nine. The Eagles were also limited to a season-low three penalty corners while BU had four.
The Terriers were led by goals from Grace Boston and Maika Akroyd, and assists from Kali Shumock and Petra Hall. Kathleen Keegan and Millie Baker split time in the cage and each tallied a save.
BU was the first to get on the board in the first half, as Akroyd hit it in off of the second corner of the game in the 24th minute.
The game remained in a deadlock for the rest of the half as the Eagles entered the break still in search of their first penalty corner opportunity. That chance came within the first ten minutes of the second half as senior Anne Waverly Spencer inserted, but the tough BU defensive line was able to intercept before AU could get a shot off.
The team's third penalty corner was a different story, though, as Roncoroni tied the game at 1-1 off of an insertion from Coenen.
The Terriers responded in kind two minutes later with a corner opportunity themselves, as Boston put away the team's second and final goal of the match off a rebound at the left post.
The Eagles will make a quick turnaround as they travel to Brown tomorrow for a 1 p.m. start. For the latest on AU Field Hockey, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.