WASHINGTON – The American University field hockey team will close its regular season home slate on Saturday, as the Eagles host Lafayette at noon for Senior Day and Alumnae Day.
AU currently ranks second in the Patriot League behind Boston University with a 4-1 conference record, 11-4 overall. The Leopards have split their conference games so far this season at 2-2 in the PL, 6-8 overall.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Freshman Noor Coenen took over as AU's leading scorer after an impressive four-goal tally during the 7-1 win over Brown on Oct. 8. Currently ranked as one of the top five freshmen in NCAA Division I for points per game and goals per game, and No. 2 in the Patriot League, the Netherlands native has 29 points so far this season with 13 goals and three assists.
Senior Haley Bowcutt sits just behind Coenen in the team rankings with her career-high 27 points so far this season. Bowcutt, who is also ranked No. 3 in the Patriot League for goals per game and points per game, also reached new personal bests with 10 goals and seven assists.
Junior Rafaela Rubas rounds out the top three scorers for AU with eight goals and eight assists for 24 points. Eight other Eagles have contributed to the team's 52 goals (3.4 per game) throughout the season, which currently leads the Patriot League.
Junior Maura Jacobs leads the team from the cage with a league-high 1.3 goals against average. She has brought down a total of 35 saves this year for a .636 save percentage.
The team also tops the conference rankings in shots (18.6 per game), points (9.4 per game), and assists (2.5 per game), and has allowed a league-leading 1.5 goals per game average.
SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
Lafayette will look to notch its second consecutive conference win of the season after the Leopards outlasted Bucknell, 1-0, on Oct. 13. The Leopards are led by Grace Angelella, who has five goals this season for a team-high ten points.
Rosie Shanks sits just behind Angelella on the scoring chart with four goals, followed by Ellen Colbourne and Caroline Turnbull with three goals each.
Sarah Park is the lone goalkeeper for the Leopards. She has pulled down 60 saves this season for a .632 save percentage and a 3.2 goals against average.
As a team, Lafayette averages 12.6 shots per game and 1.5 goals per game.
#AUFH 2017-18 SENIOR CLASS
#11 Haley Bowcutt, Forward: Annapolis, Md. (film and media arts)
#1 Leah DiGiandomenico, Foward: Elkridge, Md. (health promotion)
#7 Katie McCormick, Defender: West Windsor, N.J. (communications)
#22 Samantha McCormick, Midfielder: West Windsor, N.J. (public relations)
#77 Alexandra Morris, Goalkeeper: Annapolis, Md. (environmental science)
#5 Anne Waverly Spencer, Midfielder: Newport News, Va. (public relations and strategic communication)
#AUF Celebrates 50 Years
This weekend will also mark a very special Alumnae Day celebration as the Eagles celebrate 50 years of American University field hockey. Hall of Fame coach Barb Reimann was the first to take the helm of the varsity program in 1967, and since then the program has garnered, amongst its many accolades, 10 conference titles, 9 NCAA Tournament berths, and 20 All-America honors.
The Eagles will return to the road for one final round of regular season play next weekend as they travel to Wake Forest on Friday, Oct. 27, and Appalachian State on Sunday, Oct. 29. For the latest on AU Field Hockey, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.