Field Hockey Stumbles 3-1 at Shenandoah

Lindsy Smarrelli scored the lone goal for the Marlins on Saturday.
Lindsy Smarrelli scored the lone goal for the Marlins on Saturday.

Field Hockey Stumbles 3-1 at Shenandoah

WINCHESTER, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University field hockey team stumbled in its final Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) road contest of the year, dropping a 3-1 decision to Shenandoah University on Saturday.

Defense dominated the first half as Virginia Wesleyan attempted all four shots in a scoreless period. The Marlin defense limited Shenandoah to just one penalty corner prior to intermission, in addition to holding the Hornets without a shot.

Shenandoah made several adjustments at halftime and did not take long to score after halftime. The Hornets posted two goals in the first two minutes to take a critical lead in the battle for ODAC tournament positioning. Melissa DeiTos scored the first goal at 36:32 off a Kayla Alderman assist before scoring her second of the game at 37:05.

The Marlins cut the deficit to one goal when Lindsy Smarrelli slammed the back of the cage at the 58:21 mark, but Shenandoah would extend the lead back to two on a Katelyn Curtis goal at 69:15.

Jenna Rampale finished with five saves for Shenandoah (9-7/3-3) while Skye Swain made four stops for the Marlins.

Shots were even at eight while the Marlins held an 8-3 edge in penalty corners.

Virginia Wesleyan (7-8/1-4) hosts Bridgewater College (5-10/2-3) Wednesday at 5 p.m. for another ODAC contest. The Marlins would need to defeat Bridgewater to have a chance at making the upcoming ODAC tournament.