Fielding a Winning Season 

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Jackie Lerro scores goal in loss against Shenandoah University. Photo retrieved from Shenandoah tops field hockey in final regular-season game – Lynchburg (lynchburgsports.com) on Oct. 31, 2021. 

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Field Hockey Team has successfully fielded a winning team, both overall and in ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) play, despite having one of the nation’s most rigorous schedules. 

Head Coach Enza Steele believed that the team’s fierce schedule prepared them for ODAC play and will prepare them for the ODAC tournament.  stating, “We have lost a few to top teams and that is to be expected when you have the 5th strongest schedule in the country.  Playing such strong teams has really tested our defense.”

Steele continues to believe that the team’s “biggest ODAC rivals will be Washington and Lee and Shenandoah University.” 

In the regular season, Steele’s team lost to both Shenandoah University and Washington and Lee, so Steele and her players will have to beat these ODAC rivals on the road. 

Despite having to beat two fierce rivals on the road, Steele shared some keys to the University of Lynchburg Women’s Field Hockey Team keeping its ODAC championship streak alive and successfully defending its title, stating, “We need to continue playing strong defense and score more than our opponents. Keeping possession is vital. We can not win another ODAC championship unless we play with intensity every single game.” 

Kaylie Truitt, a senior midfielder and starter, talked about what she learned about her team from playing such a rigorous schedule, stating, “We intentionally play a tough schedule to make us better as a team. Playing this rigorous schedule showed me how well this team can adjust to and compete with different levels of skill. We step up against harder teams and in turn play better, then we take these skills and translate them to future games. We can learn a lot from playing top ranked teams and it sets us above the teams that do not.” 

Truitt talked about some additional elements that are necessary for the Hornets to obtain another ODAC championship, stating, “ At this point, we need to always show up at 110%. We want to come out on top and the only way to do that is to play the game we know. We have to have the mindset of a champion on the field and never settle for defeat.” 

Truitt concluded, “I have learned over the years with the tournament that the next day is never guaranteed. We have to take the tournament one game at a time and come out extremely fast and aggressive. Every team is fighting for the same title, it’s a matter of who wants it the most and who is willing to do whatever it takes to win it.”

If you are interested in watching any of the University of Lynchburg Women’s Field Hockey games, please visit the 2021 Lynchburg Field Hockey Schedule – Lynchburg (lynchburgsports.com) frequently for updates regarding the team’s conference tournament schedule. 

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