Hockey Heads to Lynchburg

Hockey Heads to Lynchburg

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University makes its fifth straight appearance in the ODAC Field Hockey Tournament semi-finals with a 5 p.m. game Friday at Lynchburg.

Shenandoah (11-8) advanced to the semi-finals with a 5-1 victory over Virginia Wesleyan Tuesday evening while Lynchburg (11-6) earned a bye into the semi-finals by virtue of earning the No. 1 seed in the six-team tournament.

Friday's game is the 15th lifetime matchup between SU and LC in field hockey with Lynchburg winning all 14 of the previous contests.

In a series in which LC won the first five contests by an average of 6.8 goals, Shenandoah has tightened up in the past three matchups. All three games have been one-goal affairs, with Lynchburg winning 3-2 both last year and this season.

The lone ODAC Tournament contest between these two teams came in 2012, when Lynchburg was a 3-1 winner over SU in the semi-finals. That game marked the beginning of Shenandoah's current run of five consecutive semi-final round appearances.

Sophomore Morgan Payne, thanks to a natural hat trick in Tuesday's 5-1 quarterfinal round win over VWC, now leads the Hornets with 11 goals and 25 points. Taylor Hayes has seven goals and nine assists for 23 points and Melissa DeiTos has 19 points on nine goals and one assist.

Goalkeeper Jessica Brown has a 1.55 GAA and 64 saves this year in just less than 1100 minutes played.

Lynchburg, which saw its long streak of winning ODAC championships snapped last fall, comes into the semi-final round having won six straight since dropping a 5-2 decision at York (Pa.) on October 8.

LC has shut out three of its last four opponents, outscoring Randolph-Macon, Ferrum, Roanoke and Eastern Mennonite 21-1 in the process.

Sophomore Nicole Simpao leads Lynchburg with 17 goals and seven assists for 41 points with Isabella Eldridge adding nine goals and two assists for 20 points.

Goalkeeper Beka Hess has started all 17 games and is 10-6 with 96 saves and a 1.88 GAA in 1116:39 of action.

Tournament Capsule:

Game: No. 4 Shenandoah (11-8) vs No. 1 Lynchburg (11-6)

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