October 27, 2012

Hornets Knock W&L Field Hockey Out of ODAC Tournament

LEXINGTON, Va. — First-year forward Kelani Bailey (Norfolk, Va./Maury) scored eight minutes into the second half, and propelled fifth-seeded Shenandoah past the fourth-seeded Washington and Lee field hockey team, 1-0, in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals on Saturday at the W&L Turf Field.

Bailey scored on a counter attack by the Hornets' (11-7) offense. Senior forward Sarah DeLuca (Clarksville, Md./Atholton) brought the ball in to the Generals' (6-12) territory, and fired it into the striking circle. Bailey, standing in front of a W&L defender, deflected the shot, and it sailed into the top left corner of the cage for the game's only score.

While each team had opportunities to add to the scoring total, Shenandoah controlled the ball for most of the game. The Hornets took 21 shots compared to six for W&L, and led in penalty corners, 12-2. Junior Lauren Boone (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) led the Generals with two shots with one on goal. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Clare (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) earned the shutout for SU, while making two saves.

In her last collegiate game, senior goalkeeper Kirsten Kyne (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) played the full 70 minutes, notching 13 saves. It moved her career total to 290, which is the all-time W&L record by 42 saves. It was also the last game for senior midfielder Chelsea Stevenson (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), who started every game this year.

The game was originally scheduled to start at 1:00 pm on Saturday, but due to only one official showing up to the field, the contest was pushed back to a 4:30 pm start once a second official was located.

The Hornets advance to the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament and will play at top-seeded Lynchburg on Tuesday, October 30.

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