WASHINGTON - American University field hockey head coach Steve Jennings became 14th active Division I field hockey coach, 27th all-time, to reach 250 wins on Saturday with the team's decisive 9-1 victory over Lehigh. The Eagles now rise to 5-4 overall, 2-1 in the Patriot League, while the Mountain Hawks fall to 1-9 on the season, 0-3 in the PL.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles controlled the tempo from the opening whistle with six players contributing to the team's final 9-1 tally.
- Sophomore Noor Coenen, freshman Aidan Rossman and junior Kathryn Roncoroni led the team with two goals apiece, followed by sophomore Ella Arata, senior Megan Benson, senior Rachel Stefano with one each.
- Coenen and senior Lucy Whalley also pitched in with two assists each while sophomore Lauren Fredricks, freshman Georgia Davies, junior Jette Dieckmann, Benson, Groschinski, and Rubas each added one.
- The Eagles dominated play, leading Lehigh in shots, 29-4, and penalty corners, 15-1. AU goalkeeper Maura Jacobs picked up one save on the day while Lehigh keeper Stephanie Brabender came away with eight.
- Coenen wasted little time getting the Eagles on the board, taking a long ball from midfield and running it into the circle. Her first shot was blocked by a Lehigh defender but she hammered home the rebound to give the Eagles a 1-0 edge within the first five minutes of regulation.
- The Eagles had five penalty corners throughout the remaining 30 minutes of the first half but were unable to capitalize until the final two minutes of the game when a Benson cross found Arata on the far post.
- Aidan opened the second half with her first goal of the game, tapping in a shot from Coenen along the post.
- The Eagles were back on the offensive immediately after the restart, forcing three consecutive penalty corners within two minutes. A shot from Rubas nearly brought the score up to 4-0 but a save from Brabender held the Eagles at bay. The third corner opportunity was a different story, though, as Whalley settled the insertion from Davies and Roncoroni blasted away the shot into the far corner of the cage for her first goal of the day.
- Benson also capitalized off a penalty corner opportunity in the 50th minute, redirecting a ball in from Groschinski after the Lehigh keeper stepped off her line.
- Lehigh earned its first goal of the game a couple of minutes later after a run put them at an advantage against the AU defensive line.
- Coenen responded in kind, though, running the ball in from the restart to bring the Eagles up 6-1. Stefano added hers a few minutes later after redirecting a shot in from Rubas.
- Dieckmann found Rossman in front of the net after a run in from midfield, but Rossman's initial shot was blocked by the Lehigh keeper. Dieckmann collected the rebound, though, and slid a pass in behind the Lehigh goalie which Rossman put away for her second goal of the day.
- Finally, Roncoroni closed out the scoring in the final minutes of regulation, running the ball in along the baseline before sliding the shot into the far post.
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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