Field hockey rolls past Roanoke into ODAC title game

Lynchburg's Emily Dudley jumps in the rain to celebrate a field hockey goal

Lynchburg, Va. -- For the second straight season, University of Lynchburg's field hockey team will play for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship.

Top-seeded Lynchburg cruised past No. 4 seed Roanoke, 3-1, Friday night in the first of two league semifinals on the Hornets' Shellenberger Field, setting up a date with second-seeded Shenandoah at 6 p.m. Saturday for the crown.

Senior forward Isabella Eldridge (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), sophomore forward Emily Dudley (Westminster, Md.), and sophomore forward Jackie Lerro (Royersford, Pa.) each scored for Lynchburg. Lerro also added an assist in the winning effort.

Roanoke started the game in control, but a key save from Lynchburg sophomore goalkeeper Laurel Nicks (Yorktown, Va.) on the Maroons' only shot of the first half helped the Hornets settle in.

After gathering themselves, Lynchburg went on the attack. That momentum culminated with a goal shortly following a penalty corner in the 16th minute, when senior forward Nikki Simpao (Stafford, Va.) played a ball across the arc to Eldridge, who was there to knock it in at the far post.

Lynchburg scored again in the 28th minute as Lerro played a ball from the right post back and center to Dudley, who struck it home. The Hornets took that 2-0 advantage into halftime as Maroons goalkeeper Emma Clark stymied any further damage with six first-half saves, along with a defensive save by Roanoke's Kestrel Thorne-Kaunelis.

After the break proved much the same, with Lynchburg on the offensive. The Hornets made it a 3-0 contest in the 45th minute, again following a penalty corner. Senior midfielder Kayla Copeman's (Williamsburg, Va.) play-in found freshman midfielder Kaylie Truitt (Lewes, Del.) at the top of the circle, and Truitt's shot was deflected in by Lerro.

Roanoke's Emilee Wooten put the Maroons on the board in the 54th minute, but the Lynchburg defense held strong through the driving rain to carry the 3-1 advantage to completion.

It was the Hornets' second-straight dispatching of Roanoke in the semifinals of the tournament.

Lynchburg finds itself back in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship game for the second-straight season, having fallen in overtime last year at Washington and Lee. If Lynchburg can capture the title, it will be the 19th in program history, all under current head coach Enza Steele, and its first since 2014.

*Note: Play-by-play statistics for Friday's first half are incomplete due to technical difficulties. This will be corrected later Friday evening.*

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Tue Sep 17
at Tom Kinder Memorial, Lakeview GC, Harrisonburg, Va. -- Day 2
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Fri Sep 20
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 1
Sat Sep 21
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 2
Sat Sep 21
Fresno State
vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Match
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Sat Sep 21
2:00 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
Parents Weekend
Sat Sep 21
2:00 PM
Southern Virginia
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Sat Sep 21
4:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
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Wed Aug 21
7:30 PM
Randolph
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Scrimmage
Fri Aug 30
Final
4 Roanoke
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
Final
0 Maryville (Tenn.)
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Regent
10 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
Final
2 No. 16 Mary Washington
0 vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
Final
1 No. 13 Oglethorpe
2 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
7:30 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
7:00 PM
Shenandoah
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Fri Nov 01
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- First Round
Sun Nov 03
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
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Sat Aug 31
Final
2 No. 10 Johns Hopkins
0 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sun Sep 01
Final
2 Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
7 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sat Sep 07
Final
1 Maryville (Tenn.)
2 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Kalamazoo
3 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
Final - 2OT
2 No. 19 Lynchburg
3 at Emory
Sun Sep 15
Final
1 No. 19 Lynchburg
0 at Piedmont
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
12:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
4:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Wed Oct 16
4:00 PM
Sweet Briar
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
5:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sun Oct 27
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
1:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Wed Nov 06
TBA
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vs. Lynchburg
@ High Seed ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
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