SU roundup: Hornets secure a tie for second in field hockey

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WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University field hockey team secured itself a tie for second place in the ODAC regular season with a 4-1 victory over Randolph-Macon Wednesday afternoon in the regular season finale for both schools.

Shenandoah (10-9, 6-2 ODAC) and Macon (9-9, 6-2) will share the spot either amongst themselves or with Bridgewater, provided that the Eagles win tonight against Washington and Lee.

Should SU and the Yellow Jackets end up in a two-way tie for second, the Hornets will earn the No. 2 seed based on today’s head-to-head result.

If the three teams are tied, the five-point ODAC tiebreaker will determine seeds two through four.

If Shenandoah is the No. 2 seed, coach Ashley Smeltzer’s club earns a bye into the tournament semi-finals and will host the winner of the No. 3 vs No. 6 seed game on Wednesday, November 6.

Should SU earn either the No. 3 or 4 seeds, the Hornets will host the sixth- or fifth-seed on Saturday at 5:00 in the opening round of the tournament.

The final bracket will be posted on the ODAC website following the completion of play tonight.

R-MC took the early lead in Tuesday’s contest, scoring just 2:11 in as Jenna Marlette fed Lauren Seal right on the doorstep to give the hosts the early advantage.

Macon held the Hornets to just two shots, and had seven more of its own in the opening stanza, but was unable to extend its advantage.

Just more than five minutes into the second, SU began its comeback as sophomore Sarah Brock, the current ODAC Player of the Week, redirected an Alexa Lapp pass inside the left post for the tying goal.

Brock’s classmate, Presha Merritt tallied what proved to be the game-winner on an unassisted goal at 47:23 before Ashley Cross and Kelani Bailey added to the lead with goals at 51:54 and 61:38.

Bailey’s goal came off of a penalty corner.

R-MC had a 20-12 advantage in shots, including 12-10 in the second half, but Sarah Clare made nine saves to help her squad to the upset victory.

Macon also took 14 of the game’s 20 corners.