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Field Hockey Team Plays its Way into the NCAA Tournament

By Mike Unger

Irene Schickhardt playing field hockey

Irene Schickhardt doesn’t want her AU field hockey career to end.

The senior made that abundantly clear during the team’s Nov. 11 NCAA Tournament Play-In game, when she scored both goals in AU’s 2-0 victory over Lock Haven.

After a scoreless first half, AU imposed its will on the Northeast Conference champion, dominating the second half before an excited partisan Eagles crowd at Jacobs Field. Once AU got the lead, its stifling defense allowed just two shots on goal, one of which AU netminder Alyssa Poorman kicked away in spectacular fashion.

The Eagles, ranked 18th in the nation, now head to North Carolina to face No. 2 Wake Forest on Saturday, Nov. 15. The game begins at 11:30 a.m., and the winner will advance to the Nov. 16 regional final to face the winner of the James Madison-Virginia contest.

“We are thrilled to be back in the NCAA Tournament and have the ultimate respect for Wake Forest and how they run their program,” AU head coach Steve Jennings told “Nothing is better than going up against the best and we have been working hard all year to be ready for this moment.”