Harrisonburg, VA - After a rare, mid-season, non-conference game earlier in the week, Hollins got back to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play with a trip to Eastern Mennonite on Saturday afternoon. The Royals came into the match with a 1-1 league mark while Hollins was still in trying to break through in the ODAC win column.
The Hollins defense has been getting stronger and stronger as the season has progressed and they had a equally impressive start against Eastern Mennonite. The Royals finally solved the Hollins defensive riddle and netted a pair of goals in a five minute stretch at the midway point of the first half. That would be all the offense that the home team could produce and took the 2-0 advantage into the break. With the defense shinning, the Hollins offense could not keep up and struggled to find zone time as the afternoon went on. The first 25 minutes of period number two saw Hollins continue to turn their hosts away time after time. However, fatigue began to set in as Eastern Mennonite added four scores in the final 20 minutes to take the match, 6-0.
The defense, anchored by keeper Hannah Armstrong, weathered 34 shots, 20 on net. Armstrong added 14 saves to her ODAC leading total.
Laura Rittenhouse recorded a hat trick scoring her sixth, seventh, and eight goals of the season while Amanda Williams added a goal and two helpers for EMU.
Hollins will face a tough task in their nest match, when they welcome Washington and Lee to town on Wednesday afternoon.