WASHINGTON – The American University field hockey team is set for an exciting close to the regular season this weekend, as the Eagles host Colgate and defending NCAA Champion No. 4 UConn at Jacobs Complex on Saturday (11 a.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.), respectively.
The Eagles are coming off consecutive losses to No. 25 Old Dominion, Lafayette and No. 13 Rutgers, and currently sit with a 7-7 overall (3-2 PL) record.
THANK YOU, SENIORS
Sunday's 1 p.m. game against nonconference foe No. 4 UConn will also serve as the senior day celebration for six of the AU student-athletes. The senior class of Megan Benson, Annaka Groschinski, Maura Jacobs, Rafaela Rubas, Rachel Stefano and Lucy Whalley has earned an overall record of 46-27 (.630), 18-5 (.783) in the Patriot League, over their last four years, including one run to a Patriot League title and berth into the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in 2016. Between them, they have earned 170 points off 56 goals and 58 assists, while goalkeeper Jacobs enters the final weekend of the regular season just shy of her 200th save (196).
- American is coming off a pair of road losses last weekend, starting with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of PL foe Lafayette on Saturday. The Eagles returned to action on Sunday to battle No. 13 Rutgers in overtime before falling in a 1-0 heartbreaker.
- Senior Rafaela Rubas scored the team's only goal of the weekend off a penalty stroke in the final minute of play against the Leopards.
- Senior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs picked up four saves over the two games to bring her total up to 62 for the season. She currently leads the Patriot League with her 1.52 goals against average and ranks second with a .738 save percentage on the season.
- Sophomore Noor Coenen continues to lead the Eagles' scoring efforts with a team-high 19 points off seven goals and five assists. Rubas follow close behind with six goals and six assists. Coenen enters the weekend ranked second in the league for points per game (1.36) and third for goals per game (0.50).
- Senior Annaka Groschinski continues to add to her career-high in assists with a team-high seven so far this season. She currently leads the league with 0.50 assists per game.
- A total of 13 Eagles have contributed to AU's scoresheet so far this season, including three freshmen with Georgia Davies, Hannah Moser and Aidan Rossman, who have scored three goals each. Davies currently ranks third on the team with 10 points so far this season after adding four assists.
- As a team, the Eagles are averaging 2.9 goals per game with a .234 shooting percentage, and 1.51 goals against per game.
- American and Colgate first met in 2001 and the Eagles have dominated the series in the years since, 21-0.
- AU and UConn have met only four times over the years, and the Huskies currently own a 3-1 edge over the Eagles. The last AU win over UConn was in 2013, 4-3, en route to a Patriot League title and berth into the NCAA Tournament.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
- Colgate is currently 3-13 on the season and is still in search of its first Patriot League win with an 0-5 conference record. The Raiders dropped 13-straight contests before picking up their first win since August with a 2-1 victory over Fairfield on Sunday.
- Nora Mulroy leads Colgate with 12 points and six goals. Only six other players have added to the Raiders' goal tally, starting with Meghan Minturn, Olivia Krogermeir and Nikki Potter who have contributed three goals each.
- Taylor Casamassa has pitched in a team-high seven assists.
- Meredith Rappaport leads the backline with two defensive saves so far this season. Four other Colgate defenders have added stops in front of goal.
- Anna Unger has put in 722 minutes in goal for the Raiders, and has picked up 70 saves with a .654 save percentage. She enters the weekend with a 3.59 goals against average.
- Emma Goldberg has also put in time in the cage with eight games and four starts. She currently holds a .732 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
- The Eagles will face their toughest challenge yet this year with returning NCAA Champion No. 4 UConn (14-3, 6-0 Big East). The Huskies have consistently sat among the top-ranked teams in Division I this year, and currently leads the country with 12.47 points per game.
- UConn fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 2-1, before picking up a pair of wins over No. 19 Liberty, 6-1, and No. 24 Boston University, 2-1, last weekend. The Huskies will open their weekend in D.C. with a 2 p.m. game at Georgetown on Friday.
- Cecile Pieper leads the team with 43 points this season off 17 goals and nine assists. She is eighth in Division I with 1.0 goals per game and sixth with 2.53 points per game.
- Svea Boker is next on the squad with 34 points so far this season (12 goals, 10 assists), and is followed by Antonia Tiedtke and Abby Gooderham with 26 points each.
- Tiedtke ranks second in Division I for assists, averaging 0.94 per game.
- Cheyenne Sprecher enters the weekend as one of the top-15 ranked goalkeepers in the nation with a 1.32 goals against average and .763 save percentage. She has picked up 71 saves and seven shutouts so far this season.
- UConn leads the country in assists per game (4.0) and points per game (12.47), and ranks second for goals per game (4.24) and scoring margin (2.94).
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