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 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. 2019-20 Lynchburg Equestrian NCEA
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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