WASHINGTON – The American University field hockey team (2-1) will close its two-game weekend on Sunday with a trip to VCU (1-1) for a 1 p.m. start.
LAST TIME OUT
- American claimed its first road victory of the season on Friday with a decisive 5-2 win over #17 James Madison.
- The Eagles were led by a two-goal effort from sophomore Carlotta Borcherding, followed by one goal classmate Noor Coenen and freshmen Georgia Davies and Aidan Rossman.
- AU was poised for the shutout until the final 15 minutes of regulation when the Dukes put away back-to-back goals to end the drought.
- Seniors Annaka Groschinski and Lucy Whalley contributed two of the three assists for the day along with Davies.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs fell just shy of her single-game career-high with 10 saves.
- JMU was the first ranked opponent for the Eagles so far this season, coming in at No. 17 in the NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) preseason poll.
- This is the first regular-season meeting between the Eagles and Rams since 2007 when AU took a 1-0 overtime victory.
- American leads the overall series, 12-7.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
- VCU enters the game off a 2-1 win over Bryant last weekend. The game was the second of the season for the Rams after they lost in a shootout to Hofstra, 2-3.
- Emily van Hijfte and Emily McNamara both tallied goals for the Rams during the win over the Bulldogs.
- VCU held an 17-1 edge over Bryant in shots, 11-1 in shots on goal, and a 7-1 advantage in penalty corners.
- Emily McNamara leads the overall scoring efforts for VCU with three goals so far this season, followed by Emily van Hijfte with one.
- Maite Sturm, Bentley Zabicki and Svea Sturm contributed the team's three assists during the first two games of the season.
- VCU goalkeeper Sasha Elliott has a 1.59 goals against average heading into the Rams' home opener. She has collected two saves and allowed three goals.
- Senior Rafaela Rubas and freshman Georgia Davies both lead the team in points with five each. Davies has picked up a pair of goals and one assist so far in her debut season while Rubas has contributed one goal and three assists.
- Sophomore Carlotta Borcherding follows with four points after her pair of goals during Friday's win over James Madison.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs has led the team from the cage with 18 saves and five goals against for a .783 save percentage and 1.67 goals against average.
- 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.
- The Eagles' only loss of the season so far was a 2-1 battle against #18 Saint Joseph's on Sunday (Aug. 26) to close the team's opening weekend at home.
- 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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