LYNCHBURG, Va. – Top-seeded Lynchburg College jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in cruising to a 5-1 win over fifth-seeded Washington and Lee in the semifinals of the ODAC Field Hockey Championship on Wednesday at Shellenberger Field.
The Hornets (14-6) opened the scoring just 2:29 into the contest when senior attacker Kelsey Link took a pass from first-year defender Karissa LaMaire and beat W&L junior goalkeeper Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo. / Kent Denver School).
LC made it a 2-0 game at the 7:42 mark when junior attacker Taylor Quillen scored off a feed from junior defender Courtney Gillette.
The Generals (11-8) got on the board at 10:40 when senior midfielder Lindsey Purpura (Yarmouth, Maine / Yarmouth) found the cage off an assist from sophomore forward Allie Barry (Beverly, Mass. / Brooks School), but the Hornets tacked on a pair of goals before the break to push out to a 4-1 lead at the break. Quillen scored a second goal at the 25:59 mark and then she assisted on a goal by junior attacker Morgan Lommando just 11 seconds before halftime.
Lynchburg added another goal in the 64th minute for the final margin.
For the game, LC held advantages of 21-8 in shots and 11-7 in penalty corners.
Axelrod played the entire 70 minutes in goal and recorded 10 saves for W&L.
Quillen finished with two goals and one assist to lead the LC offense, while sophomore Beka Hess notched three saves in 70 minutes in cage.
With the loss, the Generals 2014 season is now complete. It was W&L's first winning season since 2010 and the 11 wins were the most since 2007. Lynchburg advances to Saturday's ODAC Championship game when it will face either second-seeded Bridgewater or third-seeded Shenandoah.