The Royals' playoff hopes took a hit Saturday afternoon in a 5-1 loss to Roanoke College.
Eastern Mennonite's field hockey women fall to 5-11 with the loss and 1-5 in the ODAC. They need at least one win over next week's final two games to get into the league's top six for the ODAC Tournament.
EMU plays at Bridgewater College (4-11/2-3 ODAC) on Wednesday with a 6:00pm start time, before closing the regular season next Saturday night at home against second-place Shenandoah. That game will be Senior Recognition for the team as well as a Rowdy Royals Game.
Roanoke came out on the attack in Saturday's game. Goalie Ann Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) made four saves before the Maroons hit the cage in the 13th minute. They tacked on two more in the second quarter to grab a 3-0 lead at halftime.
The visitors scored again early in the 45th minute, before EMU earned a corner as time expired on the quarter. Brandy Troutman (Mountville, Va./Hempfield) took the first crack at the cage, but Roanoke's goalie knocked it away. Junior Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) controlled the rebound and lined up a shot for the left side of the cage, hitting it to cut the margin to 4-1.
But the Maroons maintained momentum in the fourth, adding a final score on a penalty stroke.
Ghally was impressive in front of the goal, racking up 17 saves. Troutman made two defensive saves, adding to her national-leading total of 16.
Hartzler had three of the Royals' seven shots.