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Field Hockey Earns Four Repeat All-ODAC Selections

tessa tierson, laura gretz, georgia howard and ali bishop stand for starting lineups

FOREST, Va. - Four Bridgewater College players were named to the 2018 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference Field Hockey Team, with all four being previous All-Conference honorees.

Seniors Laura Gretz and Tessa Tierson and junior Georgia Howard, who were all named to last year's squad, were second team selections. Junior goalie Ali Bishop, a 2016 selection, was included on the 2018 third team.

Gretz has started all 17 games at defense this year, totaling two assists and a defensive save. She was a first team All-ODAC and second team All-State choice last season, and third team All-Conference as a sophomore.

Tierson earned her second consecutive second team selection at forward. She led the Eagles in scoring with 14 points on five goals and four assists.

Howard has made the All-ODAC team in each of her three years at Bridgewater. The defender recorded three goals, one assist and a defensive save in 2018.

Bishop was 6-6 with a GAA of 1.76, 84 saves and a save percentage of .800 in returning to the All-Conference list after making the second team two years ago. She ranked third in the conference in save percentage and fourth in GAA.

ODAC champion University of Lynchburg earned a league-high six all-conference honors plus two special individual awards to lead the 2018 All-ODAC Field Hockey awards. For the second time in her career, Nikki Simpao earned ODAC Player of the Year honors while Lynchburg mentor Enza Steele took home ODAC Coach of the Year laurels. Shenandoah University collected the remaining special individual awards. Midfielder Kelsey Jones received ODAC Rookie of the Year accolades, while defender Morgan Payne was named the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete in a vote of the league's sports information directors.

The list of repeat All-ODAC honorees is long with 21 student-athletes picking up awards for the second straight year. That includes every member of the 11-player All-ODAC First Team.

2018 ALL-ODAC FIELD HOCKEY TEAM:

ODAC Player of the Year:
Nikki Simpao, Sr., F/M, Lynchburg
ODAC Coach of the Year: Enza Steele, Lynchburg
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Kelsey Jones, Fr., M, Shenandoah
ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete: Morgan Payne, Sr., D, Shenandoah

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Alexis Brown; So.; D; Lynchburg
Kayla Copeman; Sr.; F/M; Lynchburg
Jackie Lerro; So.; F; Lynchburg
Nikki Simpao; Sr.; F/M; Lynchburg
Emma Clark; Jr.; GK; Roanoke
Kaylin Stenson; Sr.; D; Roanoke
Emilee Wooten; So.; F; Roanoke
Taylor Hayes; Jr.; M; Shenandoah
Morgan Payne; Sr.; D; Shenandoah
Lauren Paolano; Jr.; F; Washington and Lee
Haley Tucker; Sr.; F; Washington and Lee

ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Laura Gretz; Sr.; D; Bridgewater
Georgia Howard; Jr.; D; Bridgewater
Tessa Tierson; Sr.; F; Bridgewater
Kayla Maret; So.; F; Eastern Mennonite
Sierra Magdaleno; Sr.; M; Ferrum
Maria Teresa Ambrogi-Torres; So.; F; Randolph-Macon
Georgia Drescher; So.; D; Randolph-Macon
Kayla Alderman; Sr.; F; Shenandoah
Kelsey Jones; Fr.; M; Shenandoah
Cori Jackson; Jr.; M; Virginia Wesleyan
Skye Swain; Sr.; GK; Virginia Wesleyan

ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM
Ali Bishop; Jr.; GK; Bridgewater
Skylar Hedgepeth; Fr.; F; Eastern Mennonite
Tatianna Roberts; Jr.; M; Ferrum
Isabella Eldridge; Sr.; F; Lynchburg
Emma Strouse; So.; M; Lynchburg
Claire Magill; So.; D; Randolph-Macon
Gatlin Snyder; Fr.; GK; Randolph-Macon
Kestrel Thorne-Kaunelis; Sr.; M/D; Roanoke
Julie Fassl; So.; F; Virginia Wesleyan
Elizabeth Roberto; Jr.; D; Virginia Wesleyan
Caroline Caruso; So.; M; Washington and Lee
Ariyel Yavalar; Sr.; GK; Washington and Lee