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Record-setting defense carries Lynchburg

2014 Division III Women’s Soccer

If there was a strength Lynchburg College could comfortably rely on this season, it was keeping opponents out of the net.

Starting with a mid-September win over Emory and Henry College, the Hornets went 18 games and 57 days — more than 28 hours of playing time — without allowing a goal. It’s the third-longest shutout streak in Division III history, and it became so lopsided that Lynchburg scored three times as many goals (93) as its opponents had shots on goal (30).

Goalkeeper Tess Frelick, whose 0.147 goals-against average led the nation, didn’t even get tested on some of those occasions. In five games during that stretch, Lynchburg didn’t make a single save; in three of those games, its opponents didn’t even get a shot on the goal. Lynchburg wasn’t exactly lacking on offense, either: Angela Bosco registered a hat trick in a record-setting 3 minutes, 55 seconds against Bridgewater College (Virginia), and Dessi Dupoy’s 105 career goals rank ninth all-time in Division III history.

But it’s that defensive strength that proved critical to bringing home the school’s first NCAA title.

In the championship match, Lynchburg failed to score a goal for the first time in more than two years. Yet the Hornets also held Williams College scoreless through regulation and overtime, forcing penalty kicks to decide the championship. There, freshman Emily Maxwell and sophomores Kelley Smith, Marina Clark and Samantha Bagherpour all pushed their attempts past Williams goalkeeper Hannah Van Wetter.

It was enough to seal the championship — and a Division III record-tying 27th victory — when Sarah Brink sent the Ephs’ final attempt wide of the net. 

The Results

CHAMPIONSHIP
Lynchburg 0, Williams 0 (4-3 PK)

SEMIFINALS
Lynchburg 2, Illinois Wesleyan 1
Williams 1, Johns Hopkins 0

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Julie Govedarica, Illinois Wesleyan
Mary Kate Schmidt, Illinois Wesleyan
Alaina Arthur, Johns Hopkins
Emily Nagourney, Johns Hopkins
Audrey Thomas, Williams
Mai Mitsuyama, Williams
Maddie Swarr, Williams
Lilly Wellenbach, Williams
Tess Frelick, Lynchburg
Emily Maxwell, Lynchburg
Marina Clark, Lynchburg
Angela Bosco, Lynchburg

MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER:
Audrey Thomas, Williams College

MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Emily Maxwell, Lynchburg College

ELITE 89 HONOREE: Samantha Bagherpour, Lynchburg

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