Elizabethtown went into the game against Lampeter-Strasburg having lost four straight, but a victory over the Pioneers would have given the Bears a berth in the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs.
In their previous matchup this season, the Bears defeated the Pioneers 6-4 and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game.
On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Lampeter-Strasburg (12-5, 9-5) flipped the script on Elizabethtown (7-11, 7-7) and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes.
Mackenzie Hammaker scored for Elizabethtown to bring them within a goal, but Lampeter-Strasburg pushed their lead to 3-1 as the two teams went into halftime.
Jaide Epler scored in the second half to again bring the deficit to a single goal. The Bears earned a corner late in the second half, but it was intercepted and Lampeter-Strasburg scored on a counter attack to put the game out of reach.
“The girls played really hard,” coach Linda Sten told Diana Pugliese of LNP. “One thing about this team, they fight till the very last second. I just feel bad for all of the seniors because they really wanted it so badly. Now we’re just crossing our fingers that this didn’t knock us out of districts.”
The top 16 teams qualify for the district playoffs and Elizabethtown is ranked 14th in the most recent District Three power rankings.
The first round of the District Three Class AA Field Hockey Championship is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 25.