Bridgewater, Va. -- The 19th-ranked University of Lynchburg field hockey team needed a shootout to get past host Bridgewater in Saturday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchup, but the Hornets claimed a 2-1 victory and clinched the top seed in this season's ODAC tournament to boot.
Jackie Lerro scored for the Hornets (14-3, 7-0 ODAC) thanks to Hayden Shockley's assist to give the visitors an 18th-minute lead, but Bridgewater's Karinne Moyer evened the score in the 35th minute. Neither team's goalkeeper yielded in the remaining 45 minutes -- BC cageminder Ali Bishop made 15 saves without allowing a goal in her 50 minutes of play -- and the game went to a shootout.
The win was the first shootout victory for Lynchburg's field hockey program since Nov. 4, 2006, when the Hornets topped Eastern Mennonite in a shootout to win the ODAC championship.
Despite having one more ODAC matchup on the schedule -- Wednesday, Oct. 30 versus Ferrum -- the Hornets locked up the league tournament's top seed by way of head-to-head results over one-loss teams Shenandoah and Washington and Lee.