EMU Limits Ranked Hornets On Road

Clover Cooper (20) has three of EMU's 23 defensive saves this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Clover Cooper (20) has three of EMU's 23 defensive saves this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Eastern Mennonite University field hockey women got another huge defensive effort in Saturday's 3-0 loss at the University of Lynchburg.

Lynchburg (12-3/5-0 ODAC) is ranked No. 19 in the NFHCA national poll.

The Royals (5-9/1-3 ODAC) got another double digit save effort from goalie Ann Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe), aided by seven defensive saves from the back line.

Despite a 22-0 shot deficit over the first three quarters, EMU went into the final 15 minutes trailing only 1-0. The Hornets finally got some insurance with goals in the 51st and 53rd minutes.

Ghally racked up 19 saves, a new career high for the freshman and her fourth time with 12 or more saves over the past five games. Rachel Breslin (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) and Brandy Troutman (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) each made three defensive saves, while Clover Cooper (Barboursville, Va./Orange County) added one.

With the three stops, Troutman has now broken the EMU record for defensive saves in a season. She has 12 defensive saves this year, breaking the record of 10 held by Radella Todd (1988) and Mandy Stowers (2013).

EMU now enters a stretch of three key ODAC games against other teams bunched in the middle of the league's standings. That starts Thursday at Virginia Wesleyan against a Marlin team that is also 1-3 in ODAC play. Next Saturday, the Royals host Roanoke (1-4 ODAC), before heading to Bridgewater (2-2 ODAC) the following Wednesday.