Mary Washington ends field hockey's shutout streak

Nikki Simpao shoots the ball toward the goal. Graphic showing 5-3 final score in loss to Mary Washington.

Fredericksburg, Va. -- Three Hornets scored, but it wasn't enough for University of Lynchburg's field hockey team to claim victory as it fell, 5-3, on the road to Mary Washington Wednesday afternoon.

Senior forwards Kayla Copeman (Williamsburg, Va.), Isabella Eldridge (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), and Nikki Simpao (Stafford, Va.) each found the back of the cage for Lynchburg.

Lauren Hopkins scored four of the Eagles' five goals as UMW ended Lynchburg's three-match, season-opening shutout streak.

Lynchburg out-shot Mary Washington, 30-12, and held a 6-4 advantage on penalty corners.



Final: Mary Washington 5, Lynchburg 3

Records: Mary Washington 3-2, Lynchburg 3-1

Venue: Battleground Athletic Complex, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va.



  • UMW leapt out to an early 2-0 lead on 13th- and 14th-minute goals by Hopkins. The Hornets were able to halve the lead before halftime, when Copeman scored her second goal of the season in the 30th.

  • Hopkins scored again for Mary Washington in the 42nd minute, and five minutes later, the Eagles' Gillian Ross made it 4-1 in favor of the home team.

  • Eldridge cut the deficit to two in the 62nd minute, scoring unassisted, but Hopkins gave UMW breathing room just over a minute later with her four score of the game. Simpao's goal as time expired brought the tally to its final standing.

  • Lynchburg's 30 shots as a team were the most the Hornets have taken this season.



The anticipated arrival of Hurricane Florence ruined the Hornets' scheduled weekend game with Belmont Abbey, so Lynchburg will next see action Saturday, Sept. 22 at No. 15-ranked Rowan.