WASHINGTON – The American University field hockey team is back on the road this weekend for the second game of the Patriot League schedule, traveling to Holy Cross on Saturday for a noon matchup.
American is looking to snap its three-game losing streak that dates back to the 5-2 defeat at the hands of #17 Harvard on Sept. 8. The Eagles opened conference play last weekend with a 2-1 overtime loss to defending PL champion #21 Boston University. The Crusaders, who will make their conference debut against AU, are also looking to break a losing streak as they enter the Saturday matinee with a 0-7 overall record.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Eagles fell to a 1-0 deficit against the Terriers early in the first half after BU's Miya Denison sent in a redirect during the first penalty corner of the game.
- Although AU controlled the tempo throughout the second half, earning six penalty corners and putting up three shots on goal, it wasn't until the final five minutes that the Eagles gained the equalizer. Junior Jette Dieckmann found the back of the net for the second time this season with a redirect from senior Annaka Groschinski after an AU penalty corner in the 67th minute.
- The Terriers picked up the game-winner in transition after putting the American defense at a disadvantage with a run in from midfield.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs picked up three saves to bump up to 45 so far this season.
- The two teams were even with seven shots each but the Eagles led the Terriers in penalty corners, 8-2.
- Sophomore Carlotta Borcherding continues to lead the Eagles' scoring efforts with four goals for a total of eight points after the first seven games. She currently ranks second in the league with .571 goals per game.
- Eight other Eagles have contributed to AU's scoresheet, including freshman Georgia Davies who is second on the team with three goals and junior Jette Dieckmann and senior Rafaela Rubas, who both have two on the season.
- Senior Annaka Groschinski leads the league and ranks 12th in the NCAA with her .714 assists per game. She has contributed a team-high five so far this season.
- Jacobs remains one of the top goalkeepers in the conference, ranking second with a .750 save percentage and third with 6.43 saves per game and a 2.049 goals against average.
- American has dominated the series against Holy Cross with a 20-3 record over the Crusaders.
- The last time the Crusaders outpaced the Eagles was the 3-2 victory in 2002. Since then, AU has gone 19-0 against Holy Cross.
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
- Holy Cross is still in search of its first win of the season after opening the 2018 campaign with a 0-7 record. The Crusaders are coming off a 5-2 loss to Dartmouth on Sunday, Sept. 16.
- Holy Cross took an early lead after goals from seniors Emily Loprete and Lauren Ineson, but the Crusaders couldn't match the 4-0 scoring run from Dartmouth, including a 3-0 performance in the second half.
- Junior goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante, who leads the NCAA with 14.71 saves per game, picked up an impressive 22 saves for the day after Dartmouth led Holy Cross in shots, 45-19.
- Loprete and Madeline Alderfer both lead the team with four points each. Loprete ranks first for the squad with two goals so far this season while Alderfer leads with two assists along with one goal. Ineson, Keely Smith and Courtney McMullen round out the goalscorers for the Crusaders with one goal each.
- LaPlante leads the team from goal with 103 saves so far this season. She currently holds a .792 save percentage and a 3.87 goals against average.
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