Mustangs Drop Non-Conference Finale To Lynchburg

Mustangs Drop Non-Conference Finale To Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. - After picking up their first win in Middle Atlantic Conference play on Saturday night at home over Widener University the Stevenson field hockey wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule just two days later traveling to Lynchburg College.  Unfortunately, Stevenson fell behind 2-0 just 18-minutes in and despite a goal from junior Emma Adams dropped the game to host Hornets by a score of 4-1 on Monday afternoon at Shellenberger Field.

  • Lynchburg (6-5) recorded the first shots of the game a little over a minute in when Nikki Simpao had her attempt sail over the top of the cage guarded by junior Kelsey Eure.  Simpao was back at it again with 3:25 elapsed, but this try was blocked by a group of visiting defenders.
  • Over the next four minutes, it was all Stevenson (5-8) on the attack with senior Sara McVey getting four consecutive shots away over that span with every one of them being denied by Hornets keeper Laurel Nicks.  The pressure continued with freshman Alexis Arruda recording a shot that was stopped by Nicks once again.
  • The home side then embarked on the offensive push as Isabella Eldridge had a shot turned away by Eure in the 10th-minute.  That led to back-to-back tries from Simpao going high and then wide keeping things scoreless with 14:40 gone in the first half.  
  • Lynchburg finally broke through in the 16th-minute when a shot by Kaylie Truitt was stopped by Eure, but the rebound skipped out to Kayla Copeman who knocked it past the keeper for a 1-0 lead.  The Hornets made it 2-0 about two minutes later as Jackie Lerro got free in the shooting circle and beat Eure.
  • Stevenson found themselves right back in it at the 22:33 mark when senior Ashley Meyer inserted a penalty corner to classmate Marissa Hoffman who let a shot fly towards the net that was tipped past Nicks by Adams to trim the margin to 2-1.  The Mustangs had a chance to level the score a minute later after another penalty corner fed in by Meyer the blast from senior Alexis Young was steered away by Nicks.  
  • The Hornets looked to have recaptured their two-goal cushion with five minutes to go when Simpao had a shot get beyond the reach of Eure, but fortunately for the guests the ball was swept off the line by junior Jordan Hershberger keeping it 2-1 at the break.
  • Through 35-minutes, Lynchburg had a small 9-7 shots advantage.

  • The Hornets came out of the halftime rest strong recording the first seven shots of the frame in a ten-minute span which saw four different players take shots and caused Eure to make five saves.  
  • All that pressure was rewarded in the 51st-minute after the initial attempt off the stick of Simpao was stopped by Eure the continued to trickle under the goalkeeper's pads and was touched home by Eldridge for a 3-1 edge.
  • Stevenson posted their opening attempts of half number two with 15-minutes to play as sophomore Brooke Morris had a shot saved by Nicks.  The ensuing rebound was sent right back at goal by Young who was denied.  Morris got one more crack at trimming the margin on the rebound from the Young attempt, but that too was stopped by the Hornets netminder.
  • Lynchburg sensing the momentum starting to tip back towards the Mustangs took a timeout with eight minutes remaining to calm things down.  That seemed to work as they went back to work offensively with Emily Dudley sending an offering wide of goal.  Then with two minutes to play a penalty corner inserted by Copeman went to Taylor Jones who found Eldridge for a shot that found the back of the net making it 4-1.

  • After a tightly contested opening, half Lynchburg pushed the play in the second period outshooting Stevenson 12-3 and 21-10 for the game.
  • The Hornets also had a 10-3 edge in penalty corners.
  • Eure was busy making nine saves on the afternoon giving her 74 for the year.
  • Adams picked up her second goal of the campaign and fourth as a Mustang.
  • Stevenson concluded the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 4-6 mark.  

  • The Mustangs will return to MAC Commonwealth play on Saturday, October 13 when they wrap-up their two-game road trip as they travel to Glenside, Pa. to square off with the Arcadia University Knights for a 12pm start.