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Hockey Chases Second Ring

Field Hockey looks to win its second ODAC Championship in three years on Saturday night.
Field Hockey looks to win its second ODAC Championship in three years on Saturday night.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The second-seeded Shenandoah University field hockey team will take on the number one seed, and host school, University of Lynchburg in the 2018 ODAC Championship at 6 p.m. Saturday night.  

Shenandoah (15-4) is playing in its second championship game in three seasons and Lynchburg (14-5) will be playing for their 19th title in program history, a title they haven't won since 2014.   

On Friday, No. 2 SU defeated No. 3 W&L 1-0 in an exciting overtime match. Maddie Price received a cross from Kayla Alderman 3:18 into the sudden victory period to punch their ticket into Saturday.

Lynchburg defeated Roanoke 3-1 in the early game to set the championship match.

This will be the third time that SU has faced LYN in the ODAC Tournament.

On the way to earning their first ring, fourth-seeded Shenandoah upset Lynchburg in the 2016 semi-finals in overtime.

LYN took a 3-1 win in the first post-season matchup, the 2012 semi-finals. Lynchburg was the top seed and Shenandoah was the fifth.

This year, Lynchburg defeated Shenandoah 4-1 on October 10th. Liberty hosted the regular-season meeting at the Liberty Field Hockey Complex.



Lynchburg leads the ODAC in scoring with 78 goals off of 55 assists. SU is second in the league with 56 and 41 assists.

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  • Taylor Hayes is tied for third in the league for scoring 15 goals this season and second for points with 45.
  • Taylor Hayes and Kelsey Jones rank first and fourth in assists for the ODAC with 15 and nine, respectively.
  • Seniors Kayla Alderman and Morgan Payne, along with Jones, each have eight goals on the season.
  • Payne adds six assists to the team, most of which come from inserting penalty corners.
  • Kayla Alderman leads the team in shots with 75, 52 of which were on goal. Two of her eight goals have been game-winners.
  • Shenandoah defense has come up big this season, recording 14 defensive saves led by Jones with six, Megan Stevens adds four and Fallon Spittel and Payne have added two each.
  • Nikki Simpao leads Lynchburg's offense with 21 goals and 15 assists for 57 points. She leads the ODAC in goals, assists (tied for first with Hayes), and shots with 147.
  • Jackie Lerro is tied for second (with Hayes) in points for the season, she has scored 17 goals and recorded 11 assists for Lynchburg.
  • Isabella Eldridge has contributed 11 goals for Lynchburg with Emily Dudley and Maggie Chiappazzi adding seven each.



Rosters: Shenandoah | Lynchburg

Stats/Results: Shenandoah | Lynchburg

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