WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team opened its two-game weekend at the Terrapin Invitational with a 5-2 loss to No. 17 Harvard on Saturday. The Eagles are now 3-2 for the season while the Crimson rise to 3-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Harvard found its rhythm early on, building a 2-0 advantage in the first half with goals from Casey Allen and Kathleen Young after leading AU in shots, 10-0.
- Sophomore Noor Coenen and senior Rafaela Rubas opened the second half with the Eagles' first pair of shots against Crimson goalkeeper Libby Manela.
- The Eagles continued laying on the pressure in the offense as freshman Georgia Davies earned her third goal of the season from a Coenen assist after the team's second penalty corner of the day.
- The Crimson matched that goal with two more from Tessel Hulbregtsen and Maddie Earle to build up to a 4-1 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
- Sophomore Carlotta Borcherding returned after a stellar three-goal performance during the wins over No. 17 James Madison and VCU last weekend to pick up her fourth goal of the season in the final minutes against Harvard. Senior Annaka Groschinski contributed the assist after a penalty corner insertion.
- Harvard had the final say of the game, though, as Bente van Vligmen netted the fifth and final goal of the day for the Crimson with less than three minutes remaining.
- Harvard led AU in shots, 21-6, and penalty corners, 5-4, with five players earning goals to the final scoresheet. Maddie Earle, Bente van Vlijmen and Kathleen Young all walked away with three points on the day after adding an assist each.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs grabbed nine saves while Crimson keeper Libby Manela picked up two.
HEAR FROM COACH JENNINGS
"We lost a tough match to a very talented Harvard team. We had some positive spells but can learn a lot from this match in terms of the intensity required to compete for 70 minutes. We look forward to another big opportunity tomorrow against Delaware."
The Eagles will return to Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex at 3 p.m. on Sunday to face No. 12 Delaware.
AU will return home next weekend to open 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.