@AU_FieldHockey Returns Home to Host Lehigh

Rafaela Rubas vs. Boston University (9/15/2018)

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WASHINGTON - The American University field hockey team will look to notch its second Patriot League win of the season on Saturday as the Eagles host Lehigh at 11 a.m. at Jacobs Complex.

AU broke even at 4-4 overall, 1-1 in the Patriot League, after last weekend's 6-1 win over Holy Cross. The Mountain Hawks enter the weekend matinee on a five-game skid, dropping games to No. 22 Ohio State, Lafayette, Fairfield, Bucknell, and LIU Brooklyn to bring their record to 1-8 overall, 0-2 in the PL.

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Eagles tabbed a decisive victory over Holy Cross on Saturday (Sept. 22), breaking a three-game skid after losses to No. 17 Harvard, No. 12 Delaware, and No. 21 Boston University.
  • Five players contributed to AU's final score starting with the two-goal effort from sophomore Noor Coenen. Freshman Hannah Moser and seniors Rachel Stefano, Rafaela Rubas and Lucy Whalley also came away with goals on the day.
  • Rubas also led the team with a pair of assists followed by one from Whalley, senior Annaka Groschinski and junior Jette Dieckmann.
  • Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs picked up three saves.
  • The Eagles outdid the Crusaders in shots, 26-10, and penalty corners, but trailed in saves, 13-3.

NOTES

  • This could be a particularly memorable game for head coach Steve Jennings, who is one win away from the 250th of his career. Jennings, who is currently in his 20th season at the helm of AU field hockey, entered the season as the 13th winningest active coach in Division I with a .655 winning percentage, 18th all-time. With a win on Saturday, he will be the 27th coach in Division I field hockey history to reach 250 career wins.
  • All four of the Eagles' losses this season have come to nationally-ranked teams with No. 18 Saint Joseph's (2-1), No. 17 Harvard (5-2), No. 12 Delaware (1-0), and No. 21 Boston University (2-1 OT). AU's only ranked victory was against No. 17 James Madison, 5-2.
  • American is 1-1 in overtime contests so far this season after outlasting VCU in double-overtime, 3-2, and falling to BU, 2-1.
  • Rubas leads the team with 11 points off three goals and a team-high five assists.
  • Sophomore Carlotta Borcherding, currently in the midst of a career-high season, has tallied a team-high four goals after scoring in three consecutive games against No. 17 James Madison, VCU and No. 17 Harvard. The Hamburg, Germany, native has been held scoreless in the last two games.
  • Coenen and freshman Georgia Davies both sit alongside Rubas with three goals so far this season. Three Eagles enter the weekend with two goals after the first eight games while another three enter with one each.
  • Coenen also holds the only defensive save of the season for AU.
  • Jacobs continues to lead the team from the net with a 1.92 goals against average and a .750 save percentage. The senior is currently 18 saves away from reaching the 200-save milestone and is averaging 6.00 saves per game.
  • American currently leads the Patriot League with 2.75 goals per game and ranks second behind Bucknell with 7.78 points per game and 2.25 assists per game.
  • Groschinski and Rubas hold the top two spots in the league for assists with Groschinski leading with .750 per game followed by Rubas with .625 per game. Borcherding also holds a top-three ranking in the league with .571 goals per game (No. 2) while Rubas ranks third with 1.38 points per game.

SERIES HISTORY

  • American has dominated the series against Lehigh, 20-0.
  • The two teams last met during the 2017 regular season when the Eagles claimed a decisive 4-0 victory in Bethlehem, Pa., behind goals from Rubas (2), Stefano, and then-senior Leah DiGiandomenico.

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS

  • Lehigh enters the Saturday matinee in search of its first win since Sept. 8 when the Mountain Hawks toppled Ball State, 2-1.
  • The Mountain Hawks are coming off a pair of losses last weekend against Bucknell, 5-1, and LIU Brooklyn, 6-2. 
  • Sam Nason led the team with two goals against the Blackbirds while Lenke Havas netted the only goal of the day for Lehigh against the Bison.
  • Havas leads the team with 10 points this season off three goals and a team-high four assists.
  • Leah Mullery sits alongside Havas with a team-high three goals, followed by Nason with two. Three other Mountain Hawks enter the weekend with one goal after the first nine games of the season.
  • Havas also leads the team with two defensive saves along with Isabel McKeown while Maddie Monahan has one.
  • Paige Innarella has led the team in goal, starting seven of the nine games so far this season. She is averaging 3.43 goals against per game and a .707 save percentage.
  • Stephanie Brabender has gotten the start in goal the past two games and has averaged 3.61 goals against and a .500 save percentage.

The Eagles will be back on the road next weekend with an 11 a.m. game at Bucknell on Saturday (Oct. 6). AU will return home for a two-game stretch starting Friday, Oct. 12, against Towson followed by Old Dominion on Sunday, Oct. 14.

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