Nov. 5, 2010

Courtesy of Patriot

Washington, D.C. -
Top-seed American (16-3) scored early and often and moved on to the Patriot League Championship game for the eighth year in a row with an 8-1 semifinal triumph over fourth-seed Colgate (5-12) on Friday at Jacobs Field.

The Eagles will host No. 2 Lafayette in Saturday's title contest at 1:30 p.m.

American got production across the board with 12 different players tallying either a goal or an assist. Six players combined for the eight goals, with Shelly Montgomery and Melissa Casale each scoring twice and Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Christine Fingerhuth, Gina Hofmann, Alex McMackin and Jenn Bradley all notching one goal. Anne van Erp had two assists, while five other players recorded one.

The Eagles took control right from the start, building a 5-0 lead by halftime. Fingerhuth scored the first goal unassisted less than two minutes into the game, while Montgomery followed with back-to-back tallies assisted by van Erp for a 3-0 edge 16:48 into the contest. Bradley and McMackin finished the half with goals for the 5-0 advantage.

Casale scored the first of her two goals in the second half before Colgate got on the board with a tally by Halle Biggar. Hofmann and Casale added the final two goals of the game to give American the 8-1 victory.

American matched a Tournament record with eight goals, a mark previously set by Lafayette in a semifinal victory over Bucknell in 2002. The seven-goal margin of victory matched that contest and American's 7-0 semifinal win over Lehigh in 2005 for the largest in Patriot League Tournament history. The Eagles won their 15th consecutive Patriot League Tournament game, the most overall victories for any school in the event's history. American is a perfect 7-0 in League Championship tilts.

The Eagles held a 44-3 advantage in shots, with a 25-2 egde in shots on goal. They also finished with a 16-3 difference in penalty corners. Hannah Weitzman made one save while playing the first 52:42 in goal.

Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Kirsten Lalli did all she could to keep the Raiders close by making 17 saves. Biggar's goal was assisted by Laura Denenga. The Raiders end their season at 5-12, bouncing back from a one-win campaign in 2009.