Nov. 1, 2007
After wrapping up its fifth-consecutive undefeated regular-season in Patriot League play, No.17 American University field hockey is set to host the 2007 Patriot League Tournament for the third-straight year at the William I Jacobs Recreational Complex on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. Joining the Eagles in the tourney will be No.2 Lehigh, No.3 Lafayette and No.4 Colgate.
Top-seeded American University kicks off postseason Patriot League action at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov.2, playing host to the Colgate Raiders in the first semifinal game of the day. The Eagles defeated the Raiders by a slim 2-1 advantage earlier this season, with Anne-Meike De Wiljes and Savannah Graybill netting the goals.
No.17 American is led by senior Denise Infante, who has 31 points on the season, coming from 10 goals and 11 assists. Infante leads five other Eagles into double-digit points, with Irene Schickhardt combining nine goals and nine assists for 27 points, Graybill tallying 24 points an freshman Christine Fingerhuth leading all Patriot League rookies with 21 points. Maggie Hall and De Wiljes have both posted 12 points so far this season.
Infante, a Second Team All-America selection and the reigning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, partners with goalkeeper Alyssa Poorman to anchor a defense that has registered eight shutouts on the season and ranks seventh in the nation in goals against average (1.14). Poorman, the six-time Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week, sports a 1.16 goals against average and a .734 save percentage.
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Following the top-seeded Eagles' match-up against Colgate is the battle between Pennsylvania and Patriot League rivals Lehigh and Lafayette. In the 2007 battle, Lafayette took a 3-2 game from Lehigh and the Mountain Hawks are looking for revenge.
The Patriot League champion will be crowned after Saturday's match which begins at 1:00 p.m. All 2007 Patriot League Field Hockey Championship information can also be found on the PL website. Click here to access this information.
Admission for the tournament is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for senior citizens (65+) and children (13-18). All students from the participating schools will be admitted free with a school ID.