Four Goals from Coenen Lift @AU_FieldHockey Over Brown, 7-1

Freshman Noor Coenen vs. Bucknell

WASHINGTON - Freshman Noor Coenen continued to build her case as one of the top rookies in the country on Sunday as she put away four goals to lead the American University field hockey team over Brown, 7-1.

The Eagles split their two games this weekend, falling to Patriot League rival Boston University on Saturday, 2-1, before dominating play against Brown to rise to 10-4 overall this season (3-1 PL). The Bears will continue searching for their second win of the season as their losing streak extends to six consecutive games with their 1-10 overall record (0-3 Ivy).

"We played some outstanding attacking hockey today, and because we shared the ball and the workload, we all benefited," head coach Steve Jennings said. "We continue to work on getting better as a unit and will turn our attention to another critical league match against Colgate."

Coenen now takes over as the No. 1 goal-scorer in the league with 12 during her debut season. She also ties with Holy Cross senior Maureen Connolly for the top slot in the league for points with 27 total.

Coenen's .857 goals per game and 1.93 points per game also puts her within the top five of freshmen in the current NCAA Division I rankings.

Three Eagles joined Coenen on Sunday's scoresheet - sophomore Kathryn Roncoroni, senior Haley Bowcutt, and junior Rafaela Rubas. Bowcutt and Rubas also contributed a pair of assists each, while Roncoroni, freshman Carlotta Borcherding, junior Lucy Whalley and senior Leah DiGiandomenico each added one.

Corinne Condie was the lone goal-scorer for the Bears off a breakaway in the second half. Allee Ayles and Katie Hammaker shared duties in the cage, coming away with four saves and ten saves, respectively.

The Eagles put the pressure on early in the match, putting up three rapid shots within the first eight minutes of regulation. Their first goal came in the 11th minute after Roncoroni took a pass from Borcherding from behind Brown's goalkeeper.

AU would only put one more goal away in the first half when Rubas fed Bowcutt a nice pass in front of the net.

American set the tempo early in the second half, coming out with a furious start after a pair of back-to-back goals from Coenen put the Eagles up 4-0 within the first four minutes.

The Eagles continued hammering away at Brown's defensive line, putting up another pair of shots before Rubas tallied her only goal of the day off a pass from DiGiandomenico in the 46th minute.

A blocked shot by Rubas a few minutes later put Brown on the offensive, where they were able to hit their only goal of the match off a run from Condie. 

Coenen continued to close the door on the match, however, hitting her third goal less than four minutes later off a pass from Roncoroni to bring the score up to 6-1. That looked to be the game's final tally 

That looked to be the game's final tally until the Eagles earned their seventh and final corner of the match in the final seconds. An insertion from Bowcutt and settle by Whalley put the ball back at the feet of Coenen, who notched her fourth in the 70th minute to close the game at 7-1.

AU's defensive line continued to dominate, failing to give up a single penalty corner opportunity and holding Brown to only two shots while AU collected seven penalty corners and 32 total shots.

The Eagles will be back on the road next week with an 11 a.m. start at Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 14. The team will then return home for Senior Day and Alumnae Day on Saturday, Oct. 21, where they will have a noon showdown against Lafayette.

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