WINCHESTER, Va. - Since the middle of June, we have been looking back at our top 10 moments of 2012-13. Today, in the final installment, we reveal our top highlight of the past year - Women's Lacrosse and its Run to the ODAC Championship Game.
The Shenandoah University women's lacrosse team has achieved new heights in the short time under the tutelage of head coach Lindsey Lutz.
Lutz, who was formally inducted into the Methodist University Hall of Fame in November, has led the Hornets to 25 wins in 2011 and 2012, including posting an 11-3 mark in league play.
In 2012, Lutz' club won a program-record 13 games and advanced to the USA South Conference championship game for just the second time in school history.
Great accomplishments, to be sure, but what would playing in the ultra-competitive ODAC bring this past spring?
How about a 12-5 overall record that featured eight wins in 10 ODAC contests that earned the team the right to host both the semi-finals and finals of the conference tournament?
Shenandoah started off the year hosting No. 13 Mary Washington in a non-conference contest.
Playing the perennial national power Eagles for the first time in history, the Hornets served notice they would be a player on the national scene with 10-9 win.
A dominating, 17-5 win over Randolph-Macon followed, setting the squad up to appear in the conference championship.
Thanks to an upset in the other semi-final, the Hornets would host this championship on Apple Blossom Saturday.
Unfortunately, the storybook ending would not to be as W&L avenged its regular season loss with a 11-8 victory.
Despite the loss, the achievements of the program were undeniable and with just three seniors departing, this team figures to make its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance very soon.