Nov. 6, 2010
Patriot League Field Hockey Championship Central
Washington, D.C. - Top-seed American claimed its eighth consecutive Patriot League Field Hockey Championship with a 6-2 victory in the title game over second-seed Lafayette on Saturday, and it may have been the most impressive of all as the Eagles set a Patriot League Tournament record with 14 goals in their two games.
The Eagles, ranked No. 9 in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Top 20, will host an NCAA Play-In game against Mid-American Conference champion Kent State on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Tournament.
American won its semifinal game over Colgate, 8-1, on Friday, and the 14 goals scored broke the previous Patriot League Tournament record of 11 set by the Eagles in 2005. American's combined margin of victory of 11 exceeded that season's mark of nine as the highest in Tournament history.
The Eagles won their 16th overall and consecutive Patriot League Tournament game, extending their Patriot League record in each category. They are a perfect 8-0 in Championship game matchups. The Eagles were the ninth consecutive top seed to win the Patriot League title, accomplishing the feat themselves for the eighth straight year.
Lafayette fell to 3-6 in Patriot League Championship game appearances, losing to the Eagles for the second straight year and third time in the past four seasons. The Leopards have not won the League title since 2002.
Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Christine Fingerhuth added to her postseason hardware as she was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player. Fingerhuth was also one of 10 selections to the All-Tournament Team, where she was joined by teammates Kirstin Gebhart, Melissa Casale and Gina Hofmann, Lafayette's Meghan Cicchi, Carolyn Cabrey and Deanna DiCroce, Bucknell's Kelly Bruvik and Corinne Raczek and Colgate's Allison Waugh.
For a full recap of the Patriot League Field Hockey Championship game, read the synopsis below. For more information, including box scores and recaps from the semifinal games, go to Patriot League Field Hockey Championship Central
Patriot League Field Hockey Championship
at No. 1 American 6, No. 2 Lafayette 2
Washington, D.C. - Top-seed American (17-3) scored a pair of early goals and received tallies from six different players in an outstanding performance to defeat second-seed Lafayette (9-10) in the Patriot League Field Hockey Championship game on Saturday at Jacobs Field.
The Eagles won their eighth consecutive Patriot League title, and advance to host an NCAA Play-In game against Mid-American Conference champion Kent State on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Tournament.
After scoring less than two minutes into the game in an 8-1 semifinal win over Colgate on Friday, the Eagles did not take much longer in the title contest as they took the 1-0 lead on a goal by Melissa Casale just over six minutes into the game. Christine Fingerhuth assisted on the tally, and scored a goal of her own less than two minutes later off a pass from Kirstin Gebhart to give the Eagles a 2-0 advantage. American carried that lead into the half.
The Eagles got an insurance goal just over a minute into the second half when Lotte van de Mierop scored off an assist from Gina Hofmann. Lafayette got on the board three minutes later when Haley Keenan scored off a pass from Deanna DiCroce, but the Eagles built the lead right back to 4-1 five minutes later on an unassisted goal by Natalie Ellenberger. Jenn Bradley scored an unassisted goal at 50:44 of the second half to make it 5-1, while Hofmann tallied off assists from Ellenberger and Gebhart to complete American's scoring at 64:04. Meghan Cicchi scored for the Leopards off assists from DiCroce and Emily Valeo to complete the 6-2 final.
Casale finished with three goals in the Tournament after scoring a pair on Friday, while Fingerhuth and Hofmann had two goals and an assist and Bradley notched a pair of goals in the two victories.
Gebhart had three assists in the two contests, while Ellenberger had a goal and two assists and van de Mierop notched a goal and an assist.
Hannah Weitzman played the whole way in goal for the Eagles on Saturday, making three saves while allowing the two goals. The Eagles held a 19-8 advantage in shots and 13-5 edge in penalty corners.
Cicchi scored three goals in Lafayette's two games, while Valeo and DiCroce each notched three assists overall. Kelsey Andersen made six saves in goal for the Leopards on Saturday.