Defense Can't Hold Off Generals

Morgan Tricarico is third on the team with nine points this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Morgan Tricarico is third on the team with nine points this season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

A top-notch effort by goalie Ann Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) wasn't enough to keep EMU's field hockey women in Saturday's Homecoming game against Washington and Lee, a 5-0 ODAC loss.

Ghally broke her career high by making 18 saves, while Brandy Troutman (Mountville, Va./Hempfield) added two defensive saves and Clover Cooper (Barboursville, Va./Orange County) had one as well.

Despite an 11-0 shot disparity in the first quarter, Eastern Mennonite (4-8/0-2 ODAC) trailed only 1-0 in part because of four saves from Ghally. The Generals (6-5/3-0 ODAC) kept up the double digit shots in the second and third, extending their lead to 5-0 after 45 minutes of play.

The Royals got their best scoring chance early in the third after earning a corner. Freshman Morgan Tricarico (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) inserted to Troutman who drove a hard ball that skirted just to the left of the cage.

Ghally's 18 saves were her third straight total of 12 or more, and her highest of the season.

Eastern Mennonite has a few days to prepare for their next game, a home contest over Fall Break. The women host Ferrum (2-10/0-3 ODAC) Thursday afternoon at 3:00pm.

Hall of Honor Inductee
As part of EMU Homecoming, former field hockey player Kristina Landis Yoder was inducted in the Hall of Honor earlier in the day. She was also recognized on the field at halftime of Saturday's game.

Kristina Landis Yoder earned All-ODAC First Team honors in all three of her seasons with the Royals and was named VaSID All-State First Team twice. A standout defender, she helped EMU to 21 shutouts in her playing career of 2006-08.