Colors: American Red and Blue
While American University boasts only 11 varsity teams, they have some strong squads that can upset the balance in the Patriot League.
The Boston University field hockey team was picked as the favorite in the preseason coaches’ poll to take first in the Patriot League but the American team was selected to finish one spot below the Terriers in second place in the conference. Last season, the Eagles went 10-10 overall and 4-1 in Patriot League play, losing in the Patriot League championship game. American has the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in senior Shelly Montgomery to lead the attack. Last year she posted stellar numbers as she scored 16 goals and compiled 35 points. Her play earned her a spot on the All-Patriot League First Team. To go along with a strong offense, midfielder Rebecca Treharne helped keep a tight defense, as she was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team.
The American men’s soccer team has been picked to take first in the Patriot League with its strong and balanced team. Defender Cristobal Soto comes back to anchor one of the league’s top defenses as he was named Patriot League Defender of the Year in 2012. Behind Soto is goalie Billy Knutsen, who was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year last season and Preseason All-League this year. Forward Colin Seigfreid gives the offense a jolt with his strong goal-scoring abilities. In 2012, he put five goals in the back of the net and tallied seven assists for the Eagles.
Eagles’ men’s basketball is looking to repeat a solid season where it finished 20-12 and 10-4 in the conference. Center Tony Wroblicky is a huge reason for the success of the American squad. The 6-foot-10 center led the Patriot League in field goal percentage in conference games at .638. He averaged 7.8 points a contest and 6.1 rebounds a game. Redshirt junior Darius Gardner is set to run the backcourt after sitting out for a year due to NCAA transfer rules. While at Stephen F. Austin State University he tallied 103 assists in his sophomore campaign. He also added 4.7 points per game in that season as well. Guard Jordan Schoof will sure up the long-range game — last season he was third in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at .507.