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Lafayette’s field hockey team kicked off its 2015 season with a 9-0 road victory against Conference 18 opponent Heritage and handed new head coach Chris Jones his first career win.
The game was called midway through the second half due to the Virginia High School League seven-run rule that ends a game if one team is leading by seven or more goals with 15 minutes left in the second half.
After a slow start to the game, the Rams began finding the back of the net with ease against an overmatched Heritage squad. By halftime, Lafayette held a commanding 7-0 advantage.
The Rams were led by Margo Minor, Macy Neighbor and captain Erin Zrakovi, each of whom scored twice in the blowout win. While the Lafayette offense kept Heritage on its heels, the Rams defense put together a dominant performance to hold off the Hurricanes.
Heritage was able to break through the Lafayette (1-0) defense once, but the lone shot on goal for Heritage (0-1) was turned away and taken back up the field for a Lafayette counterattack.
With the game out of reach by halftime, Jones subbed in bench players to help his younger and inexperienced players experience playing time. Jones called the win an “all-around team effort.”
Lafayette 9, Heritage 0
Goals: Lafayette (Kelsey Huckins, Devin Lucas, Meredith Pons, Margo Minor 2, Macy Neighbor 2, Erin Zrakovi 2)