Oct. 23, 2014
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In a rematch of the 2013 Patriot League title game, the Boston University field hockey team (8-7, 3-1 Patriot League) visits the nation's capital on Friday (Oct. 24) to face American (8-6, 3-1 PL). Game time at Jacobs Field is set for 3 p.m.
The game, which will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network, pits two teams tied with Colgate for second in the Patriot League standings. The winner of Friday's contest will likely be a top-two seed for the conference tournament, which will be held Nov. 7-8. If Bucknell defeats Colgate on Saturday, the Bison will host the tournament as the top seed.
At last season's tournament, BU made its first-ever visit to Washington, D.C, and defeated Bucknell, 1-0, in the semifinals before falling to the top-seeded Eagles, 3-0, in the championship game. In the regular-season meeting in Boston last year, American escaped with a 1-0 overtime victory.
BU, which has won four of its past six contests, is looking to rebound from another overtime loss, as the Terriers were on the short end of a 2-1 decision at Massachusetts on Sunday.
The Eagles posted a 4-1 home victory over Colgate on Saturday after having its previous six contests all decided by a single goal. American has allowed only two goals combined in four October contests.
Senior back Grace Wilson leads the Eagles in points (14) and goals (5) and shares the team lead in assists (4) with classmate Carly Atchison. Junior Jess Davis has added nine points on four goals and an assist.
Junior Kate McBeath has started all 14 games in goal for American and boasts a 1.11 goals-against average and a .771 save percentage, which rank ninth and 13th in the nation, respectively.
Sophomore Amanda Cassera continues to excel for the Terriers, leading all Patriot League players in points (19) and goals (8). Sophomores Hester van der Laan (5g, 1a) and Taylor Blood (5g, 1a) and junior Sofi Laurito (3g, 5a) all have 11 points. Blood's five goals have come on just 10 shots.
Reigning PL Goalkeeper of the Week Valentina Cerda Eimbcke has started all 15 games in her senior season with 1.62 goals-against average and a .740 save percentage.
The Terriers are 4-2 all-time against American with both losses coming last season.
Friday marks the Terriers final road game of the regular season, as they host No. 7 Virginia on Sunday (Oct. 26) before welcoming Colgate on Saturday, Nov. 1, for Senior Day.