Field hockey explodes in second half for 4-1 win

Nikki Simpao scoops the ball into the air.

Shippensburg, Pa. -- Lynchburg College's field hockey team overcame a slow first half Tuesday evening to dispatch of Lebanon Valley, 4-1, in a non-conference, neutral-site affair played at Shippensburg University.

Nikki Simpao (Stafford, Va.) scored a pair of second-half goals to lead the way for Lynchburg, which also got scores from Jackie Lerro (Royersford, Pa.) and Isabella Eldridge (Mount Pleasant, S.C.).

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: Lynchburg 4, Lebanon Valley 1

Records: Lynchburg 8-3, Lebanon Valley 3-8

Venue: Robb Sports Complex, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

- The two teams battled to a scoreless first half, though Lynchburg out-shot the Dutchmen, 9-5, in the first 35 minutes. Hornets goalie Laurel Nicks (Yorktown, Va.) saved both of Lebanon Valley's shots-on-goal in the half. She finished with five saves in sum.

- Lynchburg wasted no time getting on the scoreboard after halftime. In the 37th minute, Simpao broke through, lifting a high shot that was deflected by a Dutchmen defender into the cage. The junior and former All-American has scored in five straight games.

- Lerro added LC's second score, finishing at close range on a crossing pass from Lacey Elliott (Newport News, Va.) in the 51st minute.

- Simpao scored again four minutes later on a scoop shot after Karissa LeMaire's (Dewey Beach, Del.) penalty corner.

- Eldridge made it 4-0 Hornets in the 66th minute, putting back her own rebound.

- The Dutchmen broke up the shutout late when Cecile Kat scored in the 67th minute.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg returns to Old Dominion Athletic Conference play on Friday, Oct. 6 with a trip to Bridgewater College. The first whistle sounds at 7 p.m.

--LC--