Hornets Strike Early in Friday Win Over Devils

Photo by Maureen Moroz '19
Photo by Maureen Moroz '19

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson field hockey team found themselves in an early deficit on Friday and would suffer a 5-1 setback to the visiting University of Lynchburg.

The Hornets struck early as Nikki Simpao redirected a shot from Jackie Lerro into the cage, just 1:10 into the contest to put the visitors on the scoreboard.

Simpao paid it forward, assisting senior Isabella Eldridge with just under 16 minutes to play in the first half.

Lynchburg would capitalize on a penalty corner as Kayla Copeman inserted to Kaylie Truitt, who fired a high blast though a crowd to stretch the lead to 3-0. Sophomore Emily Dudley collected a loose ball and scored just before the end of the first half to put the Hornets up, 4-0, at the break.

Simpao tallied her second of the game in the 57th minute before the Red Devils answered two minutes later with a beautiful goal to spoil the shutout.

Kaity Kalady (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) hit a well-placed ball into the circle and Chelsea Kramer (New Vernon, N.J./Morristown-Beard) found first-year Sydney Engler (Boyertown, Pa./Oley Valley) on the back post.

Engler knocked a shot just inside the post to put the Red Devils on the scoreboard.

Junior Heather Meeder (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) turned away 12 shots on the day while Laurel Nicks made four saves for Lynchburg before Hunter Wilson came on for the final eight minutes.

The Hornets outshot the Red Devils and held a 9-5 advantage in penalty corners.

The Red Devils slip to 2-10 on the season. They are in action again tomorrow, hosting Bryn Mawr College at 12:00 pm.