Field hockey claims ODAC crown

Lynchburg field hockey poses with ODAC trophy.

Lynchburg, Va. -- From day one of the University of Lynchburg field hockey season, the Hornets have talked about being champions.

Saturday night, it became a reality.

Top-seeded Lynchburg took the Old Dominion Athletic Conference crown in decisive fashion, blasting second-seeded Shenandoah, 7-2, at home on Shellenberger Field in the title game.

It was Lynchburg's 11th-straight victory and marked the program's ODAC-leading 19th conference championship, all of which have come under head coach Enza Steele.

Sophomore forwards Jackie Lerro (Royersford, Pa.) and Emily Dudley (Westminster, Md.) both scored twice for Lynchburg's offense. Senior forward Nikki Simpao (Stafford, Va.) added a goal and three assists, and senior forward Isabella Eldridge (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) and sophomore defender Alexis Brown (Culpeper, Va.) also scored for Lynchburg. The Hornets' offensive outburst was their third-highest of the season.

Lynchburg wasted no time getting on the board as Eldridge's sixth-minute pass found Lerro on the far post, who tapped into the open cage for an early lead. Eldridge added a goal of her own in the ninth minute, and the senior has now scored in three straight games since returning to the starting lineup after a midseason injury.

The host Hornets made it a 3-0 advantage when freshman midfielder Kaylie Truitt (Lewes, Del.) found Lerro for a deflection goal following a 12th-minute penalty corner.

Shenandoah bounced back for a goal of its own in the 21st minute, scored by Morgan Payne, but Lynchburg counterpunched with an unassisted goal by Dudley in the 23rd minute.

SU's Natalie Fyock again cut the deficit to two less than a minute after, but Lynchburg found the answer yet again. Dudley scored her second goal in the 32nd to send Lynchburg into halftime with a 5-2 advantage.

Lynchburg was able to savor the moment late, cruising to the finish line thanks to second-half goals by Simpao and Brown.

Lerro, Brown, Simpao, and senior midfielder Kayla Copeman (Williamsburg, Va.) earned all-tournament team honors.

Lynchburg earns the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and will await its national championship draw. The bracket will be announced at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Check back on LynchburgSports.com for a full story and details on Lynchburg's NCAA tournament run.

2018 ODAC Field Hockey All-Tournament Team

Alexis Brown, Lynchburg

Kayla Copeman, Lynchburg

Kelly Fennessy, Washington and Lee

Kelsey Jones, Shenandoah

Jackie Lerro, Lynchburg

Morgan Payne, Shenandoah

Maddie Price, Shenandoah

Nikki Simpao, Lynchburg

Kaylin Stenson, Roanoke

Emilee Wooten, Roanoke

Ariyel Yavalar, Washington and Lee

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Tue Apr 02
Final
0 Lynchburg
5 at No. 22 Washington and Lee
Tue Apr 02
Final
4 Ferrum
22 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Apr 03
Final
1 Lynchburg
8 at Guilford
Wed Apr 03
Final - 8 innings
7 Guilford
5 vs. No. 8 Lynchburg
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day
Wed Apr 03
Final
5 No. 9 Randolph-Macon
10 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Apr 03
Final - 5 innings
1 Guilford
15 vs. No. 8 Lynchburg
Wed Apr 03
Final
10 Roanoke
11 vs. Lynchburg
Fri Apr 05
at Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate, Paradise Point GC, Camp Lejeune, N.C. -- Day 1
Fri Apr 05
at Colonial Relays
@ College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
Fri Apr 05
Final
10 Roanoke
18 vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Game
Sat Apr 06
at Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate, Paradise Point GC, Camp Lejeune, N.C. -- Day 2
Sat Apr 06
at Colonial Relays
@ College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
Sat Apr 06
at IHSA Zones at University of Virginia
@ University of Virginia
Sat Apr 06
Final
6 Lynchburg
4 at Shenandoah
Sat Apr 06
Final
1 No. 2 Va. Wesleyan
0 vs. No. 8 Lynchburg
CODE RED Day | Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day
Sat Apr 06
Final
4 Ferrum
21 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 06
Final
0 Lynchburg
6 at Va. Wesleyan
Sat Apr 06
Final
7 No. 2 Va. Wesleyan
2 vs. No. 8 Lynchburg
Sat Apr 06
Final
2 Lynchburg
3 at Shenandoah
Sun Apr 07
at Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate, Paradise Point GC, Camp Lejeune, N.C. -- Day 3
Tue Apr 09
Final
7 Lynchburg
2 at Randolph
Tue Apr 09
Final
6 Va. Wesleyan
4 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Apr 10
Final
12 Lynchburg
14 at Randolph-Macon
Note Date Change
Thu Apr 11
Final
1 Randolph
8 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day
Thu Apr 11
Final
4 No. 19 Lynchburg
6 at Roanoke
Thu Apr 11
Final - 5 innings
13 No. 19 Lynchburg
0 at Roanoke
Fri Apr 12
Final
5 Lynchburg
0 at Sweet Briar
Sat Apr 13
at Randolph WildCat Invitational
@ Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Apr 13
6th/6
at ODAC Championships at Bridgewater
Sat Apr 13
Final
1 Guilford
3 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 13
Final
20 No. 1 Washington and Lee
9 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day | CODE RED Game
Sat Apr 13
Final
1 Guilford
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 13
Final
4 Va. Wesleyan
23 vs. Lynchburg
40th Anniversary Celebration
Sun Apr 14
at Goucher Invitational, Hillendale CC, Phoenix, Md. -- Day 1
Mon Apr 15
2nd/7
at Goucher Invitational, Hillendale CC, Phoenix, Md. -- Day 2
Mon Apr 15
Final
3 East. Mennonite
8 vs. No. 19 Lynchburg
Senior Day | Moved from April 14
Mon Apr 15
Final
2 East. Mennonite
7 vs. No. 19 Lynchburg
Tue Apr 16
Final
10 Greensboro
2 vs. Lynchburg
Note time change
Wed Apr 17
Final
9 Lynchburg
0 at Shenandoah
Wed Apr 17
Final
6 Lynchburg
3 at Shenandoah
Wed Apr 17
Final
3 Lynchburg
11 at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Apr 17
Final
16 Lynchburg
0 at Randolph
Wed Apr 17
Final
19 No. 20 Lynchburg
6 at Randolph-Macon
Thu Apr 18
Final
7 Lynchburg
2 at Roanoke
Fri Apr 19
at ODAC Outdoor Championships
@ Randolph College, Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Apr 20
Women 1st/Men 3rd
at ODAC Outdoor Championships
@ Randolph College, Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Apr 20
Final
4 Bridgewater (Va.)
5 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day
Sat Apr 20
Final - OT
9 No. 20 Lynchburg
10 at No. 18 Washington and Lee
Sat Apr 20
Final
17 Lynchburg
8 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Sat Apr 20
Final
3 Bridgewater (Va.)
2 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Apr 23
Final
3 Randolph-Macon
6 vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Match
Tue Apr 23
Final
5 No. 22 Lynchburg
1 at Emory & Henry
Moved from April 20
Tue Apr 23
Final
13 Lynchburg
11 at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Tue Apr 23
Final
1 No. 22 Lynchburg
3 at Emory & Henry
Moved from April 20
Wed Apr 24
Final
21 No. 20 Lynchburg
5 at Guilford
Note time change
Wed Apr 24
Final
9 Lynchburg
0 at Hollins
Rescheduled from April 13
Wed Apr 24
Final
6 Va. Wesleyan
19 vs. Lynchburg
Thu Apr 25
Final
2 Lynchburg
7 at Randolph-Macon
Fri Apr 26
Final
1 Va. Wesleyan
8 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day | at Crosswhite Athletic Club | Note time change
Fri Apr 26
Final - 6 innings
0 Guilford
9 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Game 4 - ODAC Tournament - Field 3
Sat Apr 27
Final
5 Lynchburg
6 at Roanoke
at Kiwanis Field
Sat Apr 27
Final
12 No. 20 Lynchburg
3 vs. Emory & Henry
@ Salem, Va. Game 8 - ODAC Tournament - Field 3
Sat Apr 27
Final - 11 innings
7 Lynchburg
10 at Roanoke
at Kiwanis Field
Sat Apr 27
Final
20 Lynchburg
5 at Guilford
Sat Apr 27
Final
3 Randolph-Macon
1 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Game 11 - ODAC Tournament - Field 1
Sat Apr 27
Final
10 Hampden-Sydney
20 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Apr 28
at Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship, Bryan Park GC, Greensboro, N.C. -- Day 1
Sun Apr 28
Final
3 No. 20 Lynchburg
7 vs. No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
@ Salem, Va. Game 13 - ODAC Tournament - Field 1
Mon Apr 29
at Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship, Bryan Park GC, Greensboro, N.C. -- Day 2
Tue Apr 30
6th/12
at Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship, Bryan Park GC, Greensboro, N.C. -- Day 3
Tue Apr 30
Final
0 Lynchburg
5 at Hampden-Sydney
Match 3 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Tue Apr 30
Final
12 Lynchburg
6 at Greensboro
Wed May 01
at Liberty Twilight Qualifier
@ Lynchburg, Va.
Wed May 01
Final
0 Bridgewater (Va.)
5 vs. Lynchburg
Match 3 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Wed May 01
Final
12 Shenandoah
11 vs. Lynchburg
Game 1 - ODAC First Round
Fri May 03
Final - 12 innings
1 Lynchburg
2 at Roanoke
ODAC First-Round | Game 1
Sat May 04
Final
11 Hampden-Sydney
20 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Game 4 - ODAC Semifinals | Moved from May 3 | Note location change
Sat May 04
Final
2 Randolph-Macon
5 vs. Lynchburg
@ Everett Tennis Center | Virginia Wesleyan University Match 6 - ODAC Semifinals
Sun May 05
Final
0 Lynchburg
5 vs. No. 23 Washington and Lee
@ Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center (indoor) at Old Dominion University Match 7 - ODAC Championship
Sun May 05
Final
7 No. 20 Lynchburg
8 at No. 17 Washington and Lee
Game 5 - ODAC Championship
Sun May 05
Final
11 Roanoke
3 vs. Lynchburg
ODAC First Round | Game 2
Wed May 08
Final
5 Transylvania
15 vs. No. 19 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament -- Second Round
Fri May 10
Final - 12 innings
5 No. 13 Manhattanville
6 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
@ Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va. NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sat May 11
Final
0 No. 17 Lynchburg
1 at No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sat May 11
Final
4 No. 17 Lynchburg
1 vs. No. 13 Manhattanville
@ Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va. NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sat May 11
Final
10 No. 19 Lynchburg
18 at No. 2 Salisbury
NCAA Tournament - Third Round
Sun May 12
at VCU Ram Invitational
@ Richmond, Va.
Sun May 12
Final
7 No. 17 Lynchburg
4 at No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sun May 12
Final
2 No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
4 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
@ Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va. NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Mon May 13
at Swarthmore Twilight
@ Swarthmore, Pa.
Fri May 17
Final
2 No. 18 Emory
7 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 1
Sat May 18
Final
9 No. 18 Emory
5 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 2
Sat May 18
Final
10 No. 18 Emory
8 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 3
Thu May 23
at NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships
@ Geneva, Ohio
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Wed Apr 03
Final
5 No. 9 Randolph-Macon
10 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 06
Final
6 Lynchburg
4 at Shenandoah
Sat Apr 06
Final
2 Lynchburg
3 at Shenandoah
Tue Apr 09
Final
6 Va. Wesleyan
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 13
Final
1 Guilford
3 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 13
Final
1 Guilford
4 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Apr 16
Final
10 Greensboro
2 vs. Lynchburg
Note time change
Wed Apr 17
Final
3 Lynchburg
11 at Hampden-Sydney
Sat Apr 20
Final
4 Bridgewater (Va.)
5 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day
Sat Apr 20
Final
3 Bridgewater (Va.)
2 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Apr 23
Final
13 Lynchburg
11 at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Sat Apr 27
Final
5 Lynchburg
6 at Roanoke
at Kiwanis Field
Sat Apr 27
Final - 11 innings
7 Lynchburg
10 at Roanoke
at Kiwanis Field
Tue Apr 30
Final
12 Lynchburg
6 at Greensboro
Fri May 03
Final - 12 innings
1 Lynchburg
2 at Roanoke
ODAC First-Round | Game 1
Sun May 05
Final
11 Roanoke
3 vs. Lynchburg
ODAC First Round | Game 2
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