If Friday night is any indication of the AU Women's Basketball season, then the first Patriot League championship may be on its way to Bender Arena. The Eagles dominated Four Corners, beating them 75-50 in an exhibition game that included a 20-0 Eagles run in the second half.
The Men's and Women's Cross Country teams made their presence felt at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Saturday, Nov. 15 in Lock Haven, Pa. The Men's side finished fourth overall with senior Matt Seymour leading the way. He finished first for the Eagles placing tenth overall with a time of 30:53.
In their second and final pre-season tune-up, AU Men's Basketball encountered on-court adversity for the first time this year - a 10-point halftime deficit to Sakalai Vilnius, a Lithuanian professional team. The Eagles responded, keying an outstanding 11-assist game from senior Andres Rodriguez, and five double figure scoring performances to win, coming from behind, 86-80 at Bender Arena on Sunday.
The first of a new weekly segment called "Countdown," in which The Eagle sports staff will list the "Top 10" of a particular issue. Many of the topics will deal with AU sports; others will touch on college athletics and professional sports. This week's debut counts down the "Top 10 Sports Figures Who Went to College Inside the Beltway.
Both teams in Saturday's Patriot League Field Hockey championship made it there by the slimmest of margins. No. 19 AU got the berth with a 3-2 overtime win over No. 24 Lafayette in the semifinals. Holy Cross finalized its spot in a similar way by beating Bucknell 2-1 in overtime. It was no surprise that the title match finished any differently.
Despite putting up a strong fight, both the Men's and Women's Swimming teams lost to Army in the season's first Patriot League match-up on Saturday. The afternoon was highlighted by AU senior Dominick Szabo's record-breaking performances. Szabo broke pool records in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, the latter of which had stood for nine years.
AU Women's Soccer fell to Navy, 4-1, in the Patriot League Championship on Reeves Field Sunday afternoon, ending the Eagles' hopes of back-to-back league titles and a return to the NCAA tournament. Navy forward Amelia Sheveland's two goals in the 26th and 80th minutes sandwiched a Navy scoring barrage that didn't quite reflect the match on the pitch.