Royals Don't Trail Until Final 4:49 In Loss To BC

After not attempting any shots as a freshman, this year Kayla Maret is second on the team with 28 shots. (photo by Scott Eyre)
After not attempting any shots as a freshman, this year Kayla Maret is second on the team with 28 shots. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's field hockey women scored first against Bridgewater on Tuesday, and came inches away from their first ODAC win, before the Eagles scored late to grab a 2-1 decision.

The Royals even out at 6-6 on the season including 0-3 in the conference. BC improves to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in ODAC play.

Eastern Mennonite continues their four-game home stand on Friday, hosting St. Mary's (Md.) at 6:00pm. Senior Recognition ceremonies will precede the game, which is also part of EMU Homecoming Weekend.

After being shut out in their two previous ODAC contests, the Royals weathered the early storm from BC, turning away 15 shots over the opening 30 minutes. The women then made their move on the offensive side.

Skylar Hedgepeth (Smithfield, Va./Smithfield) fired a tough shot from the left side, only to have it bounced back out by a defensive save. Hannah Nichols (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) pushed the rebound over to Kayla Maret (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) who hit the cage for a 1-0 lead.

They nearly added an insurance goal in the 56th minute, but BC goalie Ali Bishop made a save on a penalty stroke from Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central).

The Eagles made a quick counterattack, getting an equalizer from Courtney Cooke just 39 seconds later. Then in the 66th minute, Tessa Tierson gave Bridgewater their first lead after a breakdown in front of the cage.

Eastern Mennonite pushed hard to force overtime, earning a corner in the final minute. But Maret's hard shot in the closing seconds got knocked down in traffic and BC was able to eke out the 2-1 decision.

Goalie Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) racked up a season high 18 saves and Casey Webb (Hampton, Va./Bethel) added a defensive save.

Maret led the attack with four shots, including two on goal.