WASHINGTON – The American University field hockey team (3-1) will face some of its biggest challenges yet this weekend as the Eagles prepare to face two top-20 teams at Maryland's Terrapin Invitational. AU will open the weekend with #17 Harvard at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday followed by #12 Delaware at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Both games will be played at Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md.
LAST TIME OUT…
- AU is coming off a pair of road wins last weekend against then-No. 17 James Madison and VCU. They are currently 3-1 for the season after a 2-1 home loss to then-No. 18 Saint Joseph's.
- The Eagles opened with a decisive 5-2 victory over the Dukes, nearly shutting earning the first shutout of the season behind goals from sophomore Carlotta Borcherding (two) and freshmen Georgia Davies and Aidan Rossman.
- Borcherding, who had yet to score this season heading into the weekend, followed that performance up with another goal during the 3-2 overtime win at VCU.
- The Eagles came back from a 2-0 deficit in the final five minutes of regulation with goals from senior Megan Benson and Borcherding to send the game into overtime. Neither team was able to gain an edge in the first 10 minutes of extra time, and the game looked to be heading towards a shootout when senior Rafaela Rubas put away a penalty stroke with less than four minutes remaining on the clock.
- Junior Jette Dieckmann and senior Annaka Groschinski both contributed assists for the Eagles against VCU.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs picked up a season-high 10 saves against JMU and another 6 at VCU.
- Senior Rafaela Rubas leads the team with seven points (two goals, three assists) and ranks third in the Patriot League with 1.75 points per game.
- Sophomore Carlotta Borcherding now ranks first on the team with her three goals from last weekend and sits in second in the league.
- Three freshmen have already tabbed their first goals in the AU uniform, starting with Georgia Davies who opened her career with a goal during the win over Richmond before scoring her second against JMU. Hannah Moser also contributed her first goal against Richmond while Aidan Rossman added one against JMU.
- Senior Annaka Groschinski and Rubas both lead the team with three assists after the first four games of the season and are tied for second in the league rankings.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs is among the top in the league, ranking third for goals against average (1.65) and save percentage (.774).
GAME 1 vs. #17 HARVARD
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 • 1:30 PM
- This will be the series debut between American and #17 Harvard.
- The Crimson enter the weekend with a 2-0 record after opening with wins over New Hampire, 4-1, and Patriot League foe Holy Cross, 4-0.
- Junior Bente van Vlijmen leads the team with 10 points and five goals. Junior Maddie Earle, sophomore Tessel Huibregtsen and senior Kathleen Young are the only other three players to tab goals so far this season with one each.
- Junior Casey Allen ranks second on the team in total points with four, and leads with four assists after the first two games.
- Senior Libby Manela and junior Callie Rennyson have shared time in goal for Harvard with Manelal clocking 70 minutes and Rennyson 35. Manela leads the pair with four saves and an .800 save percentage.
GAME 2 vs. #12 DELAWARE
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 • 3 PM
- This will be the first contest for American and Delaware since 2016 when the Blue Hens took the 6-1 regular season victory before winning the program's first NCAA Championship title. The Eagles are 0-5 in the series that dates back to 1981.
- Delaware (2-2) opened with back-to-back victories against Ohio State (3-2) and Miami (4-1) but will enter the weekend with consecutive losses after falling to Saint Joseph's (1-0) and Louisville (1-2).
- Greta Nauck leads the team with six points off two goals and two assists.
- Michaela Scanlon and Lisa Giezeman also have two goals each for four points after the first four games of the season.
- Only two other players have contributed to Delaware's season scoresheet with Pia Freudenberger and Laurien Vink.
- Sydney Rhodes leads the Blue Hens from the cage with 12 saves for a .667 save percentage and 1.50 goals against average.
The Eagles will return home next weekend to open up Patriot League play against Boston University at noon on Sept. 15. For the latest on American University field hockey, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.