The Women’s Field Hockey team concluded their historic season on Tuesday with a tight loss to Shenandoah in the ODAC quarterfinals.
Since their legendary 2002 NCAA appearance, the Maroons have struggled to match turn in an impressive season, recording under 10 wins more often than not. However, after finishing the regular season on a two game win streak over Ferrum and Virginia Wesleyan, the Maroons secured their first 10 win season since 2004 and clinched an ODAC tournament berth.
Unfortunately, the team’s playoff run came to a close in the quarterfinals against Shenandoah. In that game, the Maroons seemed stagnant on offense, yet rock-solid on defense. Throughout the entire match, Roanoke forced the opposing goalkeeper to make only one save and never managed to find the back of the net. Realizing Roanoke’s weak offensive ability in this game, Shenandoah looked to capitalize by sacrificing defensive strength for a relentless offensive attack. Fortunately, Roanoke’s defense, anchored by junior goalkeeper Emma Graybill, stood fast against Shenandoah for much of the game. Yet it only took one score in the 19th minute for Shenandoah to secure a victory and eliminate the Maroons from the playoffs.
Although their playoff run was short, the Maroons’ 2015 campaign was their most successful since 2004 and their 11 wins marked their 4th most in a single season.
Shelbi Holloman led the Maroons offensively for the year, notching team highs in points (35), goals (14), assists (7), and shots (110). She also recorded two game-winning goals to cap off her impressive season. On the defensive end, Heather Schauder logged 15 starts and over 1,000 minutes on her way to a stellar 101 saves, 4 shutouts, and an 85% save percentage. However, Schauder would be the first to tell you that her teammates on defense deserve equal credit for her fantastic season.
Be sure to congratulate the Maroons on their historic season.