Field Hockey in ODACs
By Rachel Levy
This week, field hockey started their road in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) playoffs. This is the fourth time the Shenandoah University field hockey team has made it to the playoffs but coming short of the championship game every year. This year they hope to change this and make it to the championship game and walk away with a victory.
With a 10-6 regular season record and a 5-2 record in season the girls are well on their way. The Hornets went on an incredible nine win streak, to finally fall to Lynchburg in a close game and then Bridgewater in their last regular season game.
Those two losses to end the season is not how they’re going to let their season be defined. A week after they registered the last of their losses, they came back in the first round of their tournament to beat Roanoke 1-0, who they also beat in the regular season 3-2 in overtime. Their one goal coming from Kelani Bailey to Elizabeth Pardo goal.
Unfortunately their replaying of Washington and Lee did not end the same way. In regular season they beat Washington and Lee 2-1 in double overtime. In playoffs their season came to a tough end against them losing 2-3.
The Hornets did not go down without a fight; Kayla Alderman and Presha Merritt each registered a goal in the effort and Jessica Brown had four saves.
Even with this loss the Hornets can be proud of their achievements this season. With an overall winning season of 11-7. Sophomore Elizabeth Pardo led in goals with eleven and Kelani Bailey led in assists with five. Junior goalie Jessica Brown started sixteen of their eighteen games and registering five shutouts, tying for first in the records for SU field hockey.
Not only did the girls break some records this year but every single player on their team played in their games with fifteen registering points.
The lady Hornets put up a good fight this season and are sure to come back next season even stronger.