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The Shenandoah University field hockey team has advanced to the ODAC Tournament semi-finals for the sixth consecutive season thanks to a 3-0 win over Bridgewater Tuesday night.
The Shenandoah University field hockey team has advanced to the ODAC Tournament semi-finals for the sixth consecutive season thanks to a 3-0 win over Bridgewater Tuesday night.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – On a night for trick or treaters, the Shenandoah University field hockey team turned its biggest trick of the season in a 3-0 win Tuesday night over host Bridgewater in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals.

Shenandoah (10-8) advances to the ODAC Tournament semi-finals with its victory over fourth-seeded Bridgewater (7-11).

The win is just the third all-time over BC in 17 lifetime meetings and reverses a 1-0 triumph for the Eagles this past Saturday that earned Bridgewater the No. 4 seed over SU.

The Hornets now advance to Friday's semi-final versus top-seeded Washington and Lee. That game will be played on the W&L Turf Field in Lexington at a time to be announced.

Morgan Payne, Melissa DeiTos and Katelyn Curtis all had goals for SU while goalkeeper Jenna Rampale turned away 19 Eagles shots to earn her fourth career shutout.

Rampale's 19 saves (along with two defensive saves from Kiera Lane) ties Wendy Taylor '08 for the sixth best performance in school history.

Rampale's 25 saves versus Mary Washington on September 14, 2014 remains the school record while Taylor (current assistant coach Wendy (Taylor) Ware) had her 19-save outing versus Bridgewater on September 9, 2003.

Payne had what proved to be the game-winner in the 21st minute when she redirected a Morgan Lingo shot off of a penalty corner.

Eighty-eight seconds later, a second penalty corner led to another goal. On this one, Megan Stevens set up Melissa DeiTos with the tally.

Shenandoah took this 2-0 lead into the half.

In the second stanza, junior Katelyn Curtis closed the book on the night's scoring with an unassisted tally at 61:00.

Bridgewater outshot SU 25-14 and had a 9-6 edge in corners, but was turned away each time by Rampale and the Hornets defense.

"Tonight's game was a complete team effort," coach Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft, who saw her team reach double-digit wins for the fifth consecutive season, said. "Every person on the team brought an immense amount of energy and focus in order to get the job done. We knew it would be a battle after playing them three days ago, but as always, I'm proud of my team and their ability to finish when we needed it the most."

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