Hill City Homecoming

By Christopher Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Aranna Perez, image from lynchburgsports.com

After a tough start to the season, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Field Hockey Team came home to enjoy the sweet success of the Hill City. The Hornets were able to kick off a home stand with a pair of victories against ranked opponents. 

Last Friday, the Hornets took down 13th ranked Ursinus in overtime and then followed it up the following Saturday with another victory against the 19th ranked team in the country, Centre College.

The games were both decided in overtime fashion with the Hornets prevailing with a score of 4-3 against Ursinus and 2-1 over Centre. The game winning goals were scored by Jackie Lerro and Brittany Claybaugh.

Graduate student Jackie Lerro was also named offensive player of the week by NFHCA based on her two goal and two assist game against Ursinus.

Fellow graduate student Emily Dudley said, “The success we have had over the past week has given us confidence and I think this will allow the team to remember the feeling of what it is like to win and especially against good teams.”

The win streak will help the Hornets’ confidence as they take on rival Roanoke College on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Junior Sydney Metz said, “Playing Roanoke will always have a special place in our heart because it’s that team in Salem that no one likes.”

Rivalry games are always a special event and having the ODAC opener as one will allow for both teams to be fired up and ready to send a message to the rest of the conference. 

Once the rivalry game concludes the Hornets will then look towards their last multigame road trip of the year when they take on Denison Saturday followed by Kenyon on Sunday. 

Dudley said, “This road trip will allow one last overnight experience before the NCAA tournament.”

Regarding the importance of road trips, Dudley continued, “These opportunities allow for us to build something special that makes a difference on the field.”

Metz added, “This trip is something that we look forward to because it is a nice break from being at school and spending time with each other on the bus that can’t be replicated.”

The Hornets will face Roanoke September 28th at 7:00 p.m. followed by road games at Denison on October 2nd at 11:00 a.m. and Kenyon on October 3rd at 12:00 p.m. If you are interested in finding a more detailed schedule for the Lynchburg Hornets, please visit https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/fh/2021-22/schedule.

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