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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Shenandoah University remains as the nation's No. 1 Division III baseball team in the American Baseball Coaches Association top 30 poll released Tuesday morning.

The Hornets, 28-2 after downing Eastern Mennonite Monday evening, received seven of eight first-place votes and 239 points to top the poll for the third straight week.

Marietta (Ohio) is the new No. 2, with 232 points and the remaining first-place vote.

Kean (N.J.) vaults two spots to No. 3 while fellow USA South member Christopher Newport falls from second to fourth after losing a non-conference contest at Bridgewater last week.

Texas-Tyler rounds out the top five. The Patriots were fourth last week.

Shenandoah has a 2-1 record against currently ranked teams in the ABCA top 30. SU split its USA South Conference series with Christopher Newport April 2-3 and defeated No. 12 Cortland (N.Y.) State 2-0 on Feb. 18.

The Red Dragons were ranked second in the nation at the time of the Hornets' win.

For the fourth straight week, Shenandoah also tops the NCBWA/D3baseball.com top 25 poll in rankings released Tuesday by the website.

Fresh off of a 5-0 week that included USA South Conference regular season title clinching wins over Averett, Shenandoah received 22 of 25 first-place votes and 622 points to top the week seven national poll.

Marietta (Ohio) moves up one spot to No. 2; the Pioneers have three first place votes and 589 points.

Kean (N.J.) also improves by one spot, to No. 3, while USA South Conference rival Christopher Newport drops two to No. 4. The Captains lost a non-conference game 5-4 at Bridgewater last week.

Heidelberg (Ohio) takes the final spot in the top five. The Student Princes swapped positions with Texas-Tyler.

SU is off until opening USA South Conference Tournament play on Thursday at 8 p.m. Shenandoah, the tournament's top seed, takes on the loser of the No. 4 Averett vs No. 5 Greensboro game in the final game of day one.

Men's lacrosse

WASHINGTON -- Host Catholic University kept the Shenandoah men's lacrosse team winless on the season with a 17-6 non-league victory over the Hornets.

Catholic (10-3) never trailed in the contest against SU (0-12), scoring the first three goals of the contest to help itself to a 6-3 after the first period.

PJ Cooper helped the Hornets stay in the contest with consecutive goals at 10:23 and 8:59, but Catholic scored three of the final four in the opening stanza to maintain the three-goal advantage.

Mac Hedrick had the lone Shenandoah goal in this string, scoring off a Courtney Ledden assist with 2:12 remaining.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, Hedrick's goal was the squad's last of the first half. Catholic held SU scoreless for a span of 21:32 while scoring eight of its during this time.

Kenney May finally snapped this drought at 10:40 of the third, but Shenandoah was unable to cut the deficit inside of seven goals the rest of the way.

Cooper led the Hornets with three goals, with Ledden adding a goal and an assist.
CUA outshot Shenandoah 63-17, won 20 of 26 faceoffs and had a 48-21 advantage in groundballs.

SU goalies Andrew Fleischmann and Tyler Quinn combined for 13 saves.

Shenandoah returns to CSAC play on Saturday with a game at Immaculata.

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