EMU's field hockey team was felled 6-1 by the ODAC's surprise team, Roanoke College, Saturday afternoon in Salem, Va. The Royals fall to 4-6 with their second straight loss, both in conference play.
Roanoke improves to a league-best 7-1, including 2-0 in the ODAC. The Maroons were picked to finish fifth out of nine teams in the preseason poll.
Eastern Mennonite gets a week-long break before heading to Sweet Briar next Saturday. The women are still in search of their first ODAC win of the year. Start time is 2:00pm.
Roanoke started early in their game, getting inside in the second minute and scoring at the 1:48 mark. The deficit stayed at 1-0 until a flurry of two goals in a 45-second span made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute. The Maroons scored two more before halftime to build a 5-0 cushion.
Both teams had their chances in the second, with the Royals breaking through in the 58th minute. Madeline Mast (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) assisted junior Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) for a cager, her third of the season.
Roanoke got it back four minutes later, providing the final goal.
EMU was out-shot 24-5. Lorraine Armstrong (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle Antrim) attempted two shots.