W&L Field Hockey Falls in ODAC Semifinals to Shenandoah, 1-0, in Overtime

Cassie Grebas '20 dribbles the ball up the field.

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Shenandoah junior midfielder Maddie Price notched the game's lone goal in overtime, as the second-seeded Hornets ousted the third-seeded Washington and Lee field hockey team from the ODAC Tournament, 1-0, in the semifinals on Friday evening at Shellenberger Field in Lynchburg.  

Just three minutes into the extra period, Shenandoah (15-4) controlled the ball in the Generals' (8-10) zone. The ball was dumped in front of the cage on the right side to senior forward Kayla Alderman. With W&L senior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) directly behind her, Alderman quickly redirected the ball to the center of the circle, and Price struck the ball inside the left post for the overtime game-winning tally, which was her first goal of the season.

The two squads played primarily in the center of the field in the opening half, with the Generals holding a slim, 3-2, advantage in shots at intermission. W&L's best scoring opportunity in the second half came with three minutes left in the period.

Off a penalty corner, junior defender Olivia Hewitt (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) inserted the ball to junior forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) on the left side of the circle. Paolano struck the ball back toward the left post, but Hewitt was not able to redirect the ball on cage, as Shenandoah regained possession.    

The Hornets led in shots for the contest, 10-6, and held a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners. Yavalar played the full 73:18 in goal, stopping three shots. Yavalar's counterpart, sophomore Isabella Morande, made four saves in registering her second shutout of the year.

This marks the second time in three years the Blue and White have been eliminated from the ODAC Tournament by Shenandoah, as the Hornets also defeated W&L in the 2016 championship game.

This concludes the 2018 season for the Generals.

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