Field hockey wraps up ODAC's top seed

Nikki Simpao chasing a field hockey ball.

Virginia Beach, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's field hockey team wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday with a 3-1 league win at Virginia Wesleyan.

Senior forward Nikki Simpao (Stafford, Va.) scored a pair of goals for the Hornets, while sophomore forward Emily Dudley (Westminster, Md.) scored the other.

Lynchburg controlled the entire game, out-shooting the Marlins, 34-2, and holding a 19-4 advantage on penalty corners. The Hornets defense didn't allow a shot in the second half.

The VWU goal put an end to Lynchburg's three-game shutout streak, but the Hornets have now won eight straight.



Final: Lynchburg 3, Virginia Wesleyan 1

Records: Lynchburg (12-5, 7-0 ODAC), Virginia Wesleyan (6-7, 3-4 ODAC)

Venue: Birdsong Field, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va.



  • After falling behind in the third minute, Lynchburg tied it up with Dudley's goal in the 20th minute on an assist by freshman midfielder Kaylie Truitt (Lewes, Del.)

  • Simpao scored in the 21st minute on an assist by sophomore forward Jackie Lerro (Royersford, Pa.) to give Lynchburg a 2-1 lead at the half.

  • In the 67th minute, Simpao gave the Hornets some insurance with an assist from sophomore defender Alexis Brown (Culpeper, Va.).



Lynchburg will return home to Shellenberger Field Saturday, Oct. 27 for its last regular-season game. The Senior Day matchup with Washington and Lee will begin at 1 p.m.