EMU Ends Rebuilding Year With Loss At Roanoke

Kelsey Troyer (00) leads the ODAC in saves while Brandy Troutman (background) is second in defensive saves. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Kelsey Troyer (00) leads the ODAC in saves while Brandy Troutman (background) is second in defensive saves. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The 2018 season came to a close for the EMU field hockey women Saturday afternoon in a 6-1 loss at Roanoke College.

Finishing with an overall record of 8-11, the Royals earned their most wins in seven seasons. The women will graduate two seniors, including four-year starting goalie Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster Pa./Lancaster Mennonite), but expect to continue building next season under second-year Coach Ashley Kishorn.

Freshman Skylar Hedgepeth (Smithfield, Va./Smithfield) put EMU's only shot on goal over the first 35 minutes, but the women came out strong after halftime. Over the first three minutes of the second period, the Royals earned five corners and pummeled four shots, but the Maroons' goalie made three saves to keep the home team's lead at 3-0.

From there, Roanoke (11-3/5-3 ODAC) regained control of the flow and added three more goals.

Despite the large deficit, Eastern Mennonite kept on the attack. Sophomore Kayla Maret (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) finally broke through, sending a shot from the right wing into the back of the cage in the 65th minute.

Maret finished with a team high five shots, including two on goal. A year after playing defense and not attempting a single shot, the sophomore became a vital piece of EMU's offense from a midfield position. Maret was second on the team this year with nine goals, and topped the team with 54 shots. She also tied for team highs with five assists and 23 total points.

Hedgepeth also put a pair of shots on goal. She finished the year with a team best 11 goals and equaled Maret with 23 points.

Troyer racked up 14 saves in her final game, the 10th time this season she has broken double figures. The senior easily leads the ODAC with 170, and earlier this year broke EMU's record for career saves. Troyer takes off the pads with 511 saves over her four seasons, surpassing Jen Kooker's 24-year-old record of 389.

Julie Burkhardt (Perkasie, Pa./PA Cyber) also wrapped up her career. She finished with six goals and one assist over 41 games in three seasons.