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SU sweeps home cross country meet


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WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University cross country teams overcame both the oppressive heat and three opponents Wednesday to sweep its opening meet of the season at Kernstown Battlefield.

The SU women, led by junior Amy Smith, bested Hood and Mary Baldwin, while the Shenandoah men had the top three finishers to down Hood College, 21-35.

The Shenandoah women had 24 points, Hood 46 and Mary Baldwin 62 in the 5,000-meter event.

Marymount competed in both races, but did not have a team score.

Smith posted a 21:34 to come in 24 seconds ahead of Sophia Stone from Mary Baldwin. After Jessie Daley (Marymount) crossed in 22:02 for third, SU had five of the next seven finishers to capture the meet.

Senior Jennie Ott led the Hornets' group with a 22:55, fourth-place showing.

The Hornets' 24-point total came from the first, third, fifth, seventh and eighth place finishes.

In the men's race, SU had four of the top six finishers and six in the top 10 to dominate over the 5,000 meters.

Freshman Ryan Taylor and junior Josiah Renton came across together, winning with matching times of 18:27. Jake Garcia, right on their heels, was third with an 18:29. Christopher Clemons and Timothy Robinson rounded out the top 10 at No. 6 and 10, respectively.

The toughest opponent for all of the competitors was undoubtedly the heat, as temperatures stayed right around the 100-degree mark throughout the day. The temperature got as hot as a steamy 106 degrees during the race. A number of participants were unable to finish the race due to overheating, dehydration, or fainting.

Both the men's and women's squads will continue action Saturday at the Salisbury Invitational.


Women's field hockey

Hornets 2, Phoenix 1, OT

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Shenandoah opened up its 2010 field hockey season the same way it opened 2009 -- with an overtime victory over Wilson College.

Senior Paola Aguilar opened the scoring for the Hornets (1-0) in the first half before Wilson (0-1) tied it in the second.

With the Hornets and Phoenix unable to find the back of the net for the remainder of the 70-minute match, SU entered overtime for the second consecutive meeting.

Aguilar set up Sarah DeLuca in the second OT session, giving Shenandoah its first road victory since Oct. 9, 2009 at Sweet Briar.


Men's soccer

Hornets 3, Royals 0

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah opened its 2010 men's soccer season in style Wednesday evening, downing Eastern Mennonite 3-0.

The Hornets (1-0) got the first opening contest victory of coach Des Lawless' five-year SU tenure with two goals in the first and one in the second.

Senior Kyle Ferrell opened the scoring for Shenandoah by finishing off an LA St. Hill cross. St. Hill began the run by taking the ball down the middle of the field, and after being denied on a his shot by EMU keeper Ryan Baker, corralled the rebound and found a wide-open Ferrell 15 yards out for the opening goal.

Just less than 16 minutes later, sophomore Jarod Clyburn gave the hosts some breathing room with a 20-yard rocket from the middle of the pitch.

Clyburn took the feed from freshman Billy Sipos and knocked his shot just under the bar for the commanding two-goal advantage.

St. Hill and Ferrell hooked up again in the 88th minute, with Ferrell threading a long through pass that St. Hill finished, to close the book on the Royals (0-1).

SU outshot its visitors 18-10, with each starting keeper making five saves.

For Shenandoah, Adrian Acosta had a shutout in his first collegiate start.

The Hornets are back in action Friday at the Roanoke Tournament.


Women's soccer

Eagles 1, Hornets 0

FREDERICKSBURG -- Host Mary Washington made a first-half goal stand up in a 1-0 non-conference women's soccer victory over visiting Shenandoah Wednesday afternoon.

The Eagles (1-0) got the game's only goal on an unassisted tally by Sarah Tyron in the fifth minute.

The shot was one of 10 that UMW had in the period; Mary Washington outshot the Hornets 18-5 for the contest.

Junior Kat Terza led Shenandoah (0-1) with 10 saves on the day. Terza stopped six shots in the opening stanza.

The Eagles also had 6-1 advantage in corners.

Hannah Oakes, Stormie Malik and Caroline Staples had the Hornets' shots on goal.

SU is back in action Saturday against 2009 NCAA semifinals qualifier Lynchburg in the opening game of the Lynchburg Tournament.



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