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Playoffs Wrap Up for Maroons


Written by Lauren Roth

This past weekend marked the end of the fall sports season for the Maroons. Each team the Maroons made their way into the ODAC tournament this year, and each team had a unique experience in the postseason. 

The men’s soccer team traveled to Randolph Collegeto compete in the quarterfinals of the ODAC playoffs. The team had high hopes of success after playing in semifinals last year and getting bid into the NCAA DIII tournament in the 2019 season. Despite their confidence, the Maroons lost 1-0 to the Wildcats, a team they had previously beaten this season. The Maroons only had five shots, and only one was on goal. The Wildcats had eight shots with two on goal, scoring their only goal for the game in the first half. The Maroons are officially done for the season, but they have an optimistic season next fall as several of their starters plan to return for a fifth year. 

The women’s soccer team also fell 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the playoffs to the #1 seed, Virginia Wesleyan. The Maroons had eleven shots, with only one on goal compared to the Marlins’ twenty-two shots and eight shots on goal. Despite the Maroons being out eight players due to injuries, they held their own against the Marlins and made them earn their win as they headed to the semifinals.

The women’s volleyball team was the seventh seed in their ODAC playoffs and they competed against #1 seed, Randolph-Macon, in the first round. The Maroons fell to the Yellow Jackets 3-1. The Maroons put up a fight against the Yellow Jackets, and despite losing, two players were named to the All-ODAC second and third teams, Linsey Bailey and Kennedy Clemmer.

The field hockey team was the only team to make it to semifinals this fall. The Maroons were seeded #4 in the ODAC. They played against Randolph-Macon in the quarterfinals and came out with a 1-0 victory. The Maroons then played the #1 seed, Washington & Lee, for the semifinals. The Maroons held the Generals off until the third quarter, but the final score was 2-0 in favor of the home team. This was the fifth year in a row that these Maroons made it to the semifinals. The consistency with the Maroons is there, now it’s just time to see if the Maroons can push beyond this and make it to finals next fall. Emilee Wooten and Alexis Wright were named first team All-ODAC, Claudia Roncone received second team honors, and Martha Hurley and Hope Keller were named to the third team.