Just when they were grabbing momentum, they lost it.
EMU's field hockey women tied their road game at Randolph-Macon on Sunday with a goal early in the second half, only to give up a goal less than a minute later. That turned out to be the final tally in a 2-1 loss to the Yellow Jackets.
The Royals fall to 3-4 with their third straight loss, including 0-1 in ODAC play. R-MC is now 4-3 and 1-0.
After a few shots from both teams early on, the Yellow Jackets jumped in front with a goal from Madison McCoy in the 16th minute. The home team kept momentum for most of the time until the intermission although they did not add another score.
Eastern Mennonite started to pick up steam after halftime turning into a quick score in the 44th minute. After a long pass up ahead was picked off by an R-MC defender, Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool) swooped in for a sudden steal near the end line and then found Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) open in front of the cage for her third goal of the season.
The Yellow Jackets made an immediate response, however, scoring 27 seconds later from Maria Teresa Ambrogi-Torres.
Over the final 10 minutes of the contest, the Royals made a huge rally, earning a pair of corners and shot from Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite), but the Yellow Jackets' defense held to preserve the 2-1 final.
Randolph-Macon ended with a 26-6 advantage in shots as each squad put half of their attempts on target. Hartzler, Augsburger and Janae Kauffman (Harleysville, Pa./Dock Mennonite Academy) had EMU's shots on goal.
Junior goalie Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) continued her hot play, making 11 stops for the Royals. It was her fourth straight game with double-digit saves. Troyer now leads the ODAC with 53 saves this season.
EMU's women get another break this week until they take on Lynchburg on Saturday at 6:00pm. The game will be played at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
After playing six games over the first 12 days of the 2017 season, the Royals will end the month of September with just two games over the final two-and-a-half weeks.