WASHINGTON – After back-to-back home games to open the 2018 season last weekend, the American University field hockey team is hitting the road for the first time this fall with a trip to #17 James Madison on Friday. The game is the first of four away match-ups for the Eagles before they return home on Saturday, Sept. 15 to open the Patriot League schedule against Boston University at noon.
LAST TIME OUT
- AU came up just short in a tough battle against Saint Joseph's on Sunday, falling to the Hawks 2-1.
- Senior Rafaela Rubas scored the Eagles' lone goal of the day off a penalty corner during the first half.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs closed the game with three saves.
- AU led in penalty corners, 7-5, but drew even with SJU in shots at 9-9.
- American is 11-22 against the Dukes with the last win coming during the 2016 season (2-1).
SCOUTING THE DUKES
- JMU entered the season at No. 17 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) preseason poll but fell to #23 Liberty in their season opener, 6-1.
- The Dukes bounced back to shut out Patriot League foe Bucknell, 3-0, on Sunday.
- JMU was led by a trio of freshmen scorers with Elfi de Rooij, Ongeziwe Mali and Aubrey Scott King all contributing to the final scoresheet against the Bison.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Nelson was also among the highlights for the day with her first career shutout after stopping seven shots.
- Senior Rafaela Rubas, who was selected as the Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, had a career-high opening weekend with five points off three assists and one goal.
- A pair of freshmen earned the first points of the season last Friday (Aug. 24) as Hannah Moser and Georgia Davies both scored the first two goals during the 4-1 win over Richmond.
- Three Eagles were selected to the Patriot League Preseason All-League Team – senior Rafaela Rubas (Preseason Offensive Player of the Year), senior Maura Jacobs, and sophomore Noor Coenen.
- AU was voted to finish second in the league during the preseason poll with 66 points and six first-place votes. Defending champion Boston University led the rankings with 68 points and eight first-place votes.
- The 2018 season is a momentous one for the Eagles, as they not only celebrate the 20th year for head coach Steve Jennings, but also welcomed a newly renovated field at Jacobs Complex, complete with a state-of-the-art videoboard.
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