Field Hockey Prevails 2-0 on Senior Day

Senior Sam Jackson
Senior Sam Jackson

Field Hockey Prevails 2-0 on Senior Day

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College field hockey team defeated Eastern Mennonite University 2-0 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play in front of a large crowd on Senior Day.

Birdsong Field was officially dedicated earlier in the day while lone senior Sam Jackson was recognized in pregame festivities.

The match was scoreless for the first 30 minutes, despite Virginia Wesleyan maintaining possession for the majority of the half. Morgan Lee managed to find Valentina Jones at the 31:08 mark for the first tally of the game. It was Jones' first career goal in just her second start.

Eastern Mennonite had a chance to tie up the contest exactly three minutes later when Melissa Cox was awarded a penalty stroke, but Cox sent her shot right back at keeper Skye Swain who read it perfectly for the save.

That momentum carried over to the second half where the Marlin defense continued to lock down the Royals who were without substitutes after a first-half injury took out a starting midfielder.

Virginia Wesleyan posted an insurance score at 66:55 when Jones found Melissa Rideout up the left side of the field and into the circle for the score, her third of the year.

VWC outshot Eastern Mennonite 17-12 while maintaining a 10-8 edge in penalty corners.

Kelsey Troyer made 10 saves for Eastern Mennonite (3-12/0-5) while Swain finished with nine stops for the shutout.

Virginia Wesleyan (6-11/2-3) hosts Washington and Lee University (8-6/4-1) Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. It will be the last home game of the inaugural season on Birdsong Field for the field hockey team.

ODAC TOURNAMENT UPDATE

Six teams make the ODAC tournament with the top two seeds receiving byes in the first round.

Virginia Wesleyan is currently the No. 5 seed after winning on Saturday coupled with losses from Randolph-Macon and Roanoke. The Marlins are in a good position to make the tournament with a win in either of the last two games of the season. Below is the current standings with games left in conference play only.

More information on tiebreakers will be announced as necessary as the final games are played.

1. Shenandoah (5-1) - 1 left (at Bridgewater)
t2. Lynchburg (4-1) - 2 left (vs. Eastern Mennonite, vs. Randolph-Macon)
t2. Washington and Lee (4-1) - 2 left (at Virginia Wesleyan, vs. Bridgewater)
t2. Bridgewater (4-1) - 2 left (vs. Shenandoah, at Washington and Lee)
5. Virginia Wesleyan (2-3) - 2 left (vs. Washington and Lee, at Roanoke)
6. Randolph-Macon (1-4) - 2 left (vs. Eastern Mennonite, at Lynchburg)
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7. Roanoke (1-5) - 1 left (vs. Virginia Wesleyan)
8. Eastern Mennonite (0-5) - 2 left (at Randolph-Macon, at Lynchburg)