The Eastern Mennonite University field hockey team closed their season at home Saturday night, dropping a 4-0 ODAC decision to Shenandoah University.
The Royals finish with a record of 5-13 overall and 1-7 in the ODAC. EMU closed the gap against many of the league's top teams this year, including a 3-0 loss to nationally ranked Lynchburg, and looked poised to make a move up in the standings next fall.
Against Shenandoah (13-3/6-1 ODAC), a team which finished second in the ODAC, the Royals came out firing with sophomore Skylar Hedgepeth (Smithfield, Va./Smithfield) making two quick shots just inside the fifth minute. But SU's goalie made a save on the first attempt and a defensive save kept out the second shot.
The Hornets scored first on a deflected ball in the 11th minute. EMU earned a pair of corners late in the first quarter but couldn't get into the cage.
Finally in the third SU gained a little breathing space, scoring in the 32nd and 42nd minutes. The visitors added a final tally in the 55th.
The Hornets ended with a 41-6 shot advantage. Troutman and Hedgepeth each put two balls on target, while Mast also fired on goal.
Goalie Ann Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) racked up 17 saves with a solid .810 save percentage. Rachel Breslin (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) added a pair of defensive saves while Troutman had one. Troutman closes the season with 17 defensive saves, which currently leads the nation and sets a new EMU record. Radella Todd (1988) and Mandy Stowers (2013) previously owned the program record at 10 defensive saves. Breslin nearly broke the previous record as well, finishing with nine.
Midfielder Madeline Mast was honored in a pregame ceremony as the team's lone senior. Mast started all 71 of her teams' games since she came to EMU in 2016. She leaves with seven goals and nine assists.