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NEWPORT NEWS -- Trailing 20-0 with 7:25 remaining, Shenandoah scored three touchdowns to force overtime before falling 27-20 in OT to Christopher Newport University in USA South Conference football action Saturday night at POMOCO Stadium.

Shenandoah (2-3, 1-1 USA South) actually had a chance to win it in regulation, but Andrew Lloyd's PAT attempt following a Daniel Wright 2-yard TD rush hooked left and kept the game tied at 20-20.

The Hornets won the overtime toss and elected to play defense first, where CNU (3-2, 2-0) got a Lyndon Garner to Kentel Noel TD pass for the game-winning points.

Garner's pass was tipped by two SU defenders before Noel made a diving catch in the end zone.

On the Shenandoah possession, the Hornets attempted four passes but were unable to advance.

The overtime ruined a furious comeback by SU, as it combined two fourth down TD catches from Rico Wallace, a Brandon Martin INT and the Wright TD rush to force the OT.

Wallace, who set a school record with 12 receptions for 127 yards and the two TDs, also set a school record for TD receptions in a season with his second catch.

The All-America candidate now has 10 touchdown catches this year.

The Captains outgained Shenandoah 236 to 89 in the opening 30 minutes as the Hornets were held to just two yards rushing on 11 attempts, but only had a 6-0 lead thanks to two Stephen Denuel field goals.

CNU added another Garner TD pass along with a Markeese Stovall TD rush to take the 20-0 lead, but SU did not fold its tents.

Wright hit Wallace on a 4th down fade for the first TD and just over five minutes later, found him for a 14-yard strike to bring the visitors to within six points.

SU attempted an on-side kick following the TD, but the Captains' Jared Launder recovered to give the hosts the ball in Hornet territory.

It became Martin's time to shine at this point, picking off Stovall and returning it all the way to the CNU 20 to put Shenandoah in prime position for the comeback victory.

Four plays later, Wright bowled over on 3rd and goal from the 2, setting up the PAT attempt.

Christopher Newport called timeout in an attempt to ice Lloyd, and the ploy worked as the kick missed left.

Wright set school records for completions and attempts with his 27 for 42 for 254 evening; he completed balls to four different receivers.

Shenandoah returns home next week to host Maryville (Tenn.) in a 4 p.m. USA South Conference contest.

Volleyball
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Shenandoah University completed its volleyball participation in the 2011 Worthington Tournament hosted by Gallaudet University with a pair of losses Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (11-11) lost 3-0 to the host Bison the first match before Keuka was a 3-2 winner in the championship-round matchup.

The Bison (17-6) won at 21, 16 and 10 over the Hornets in that first contest.

Junior Mary Harshman had four kills to lead the SU offense with senior Rachel Maki adding three.

Kelcy Brown had seven of the team's 14 assists.

The Storm (10-6) were 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 11-25, 15-11 victors over SU.

Maki and sophomore Katy Griffith had a match-high 11 kills each for the Hornets while Haley Smith added eight.

Brown and Brooke Strathy ran the Shenandoah attack with 24 and 20 assists, respectively.

Harshman led a group of five women in double-digits in digs with 19.

SU returns to USA South Conference play on Wednesday with a 6 p.m. match against Ferrum.

Field hockey
Christopher 9, Shenandoah 1
NEWPORT NEWS -- No. 15 Christopher Newport University proved too much for Shenandoah in a 9-1 non-league field hockey victory Sunday afternoon.

The Captains (6-3) scored four goals in the first 16 minutes of the game and never looked back against Shenandoah (3-11).

The loss is the eighth straight for the young Hornets after starting the season with three wins in the first six games.

Senior Megan Garrett had the lone goal for SU, scoring off a Liz Grover assist in the 58th minute.

CNU outshot Shenandoah 25-4 and had 13 of the game's 14 penalty corners.

SU keeper Sarah Clare had 11 saves.

The Hornets return to ODAC action on Saturday with an 11 a.m. contest at Bridgewater.

Women's soccer
Shenandoah 12, Peace College 1
RALEIGH, N.C. - Shenandoah University scored early and often in a 12-1 USA South Conference women's soccer victory over Peace College Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (9-5, 4-1 USA South) won for the third straight time and fourth time in the last five games with the blowout victory over PC (1-12, 0-4).

The 12 goals also ties a program record, set last season against Peace, for goals in a game.

SU scored 10 times in the first 45 minutes of play as it pelted PC keeper Daisy Vasilko with 33 shots.

Nine different women scored in this span with only sophomore Laura Standley scoring more than once.

Standley and classmate Brittany Butcher led the victors with two goals each.

Junior Amber Womack had the game-winner with her goal in the sixth minute.

Shenandoah finished the game with a 54-3 shot advantage and had eight of the nine corners awarded.

The Hornets step out of conference to travel to Catholic University of America on Tuesday at 4:00.

Golf
SUFFOLK -- Shenandoah University shot a sizzling 306 to stand fifth after day one of the Virginia State Division III Golf Championships Sunday afternoon at Nansemond River GC.

Led by an even-par performance from senior Derek Snarr, SU shot the 306 over the par-72, 6750-yard Nansemond River GC course.

Snarr stands tied for third, two strokes behind co-leaders Scott Wakely (Bridgewater) and Dusty Scott (Lynchburg).

The Hornets 306 total is one stroke behind fourth place Roanoke and four in front of fellow USA South school Ferrum.

Bridgewater currently leads the tournament with a 292.

The two-day, 36-hole event features 11 teams, including nationally ranked Christopher Newport. The Captains will not place in the tournament, however, as they took only four players and one was disqualified during Sunday's opening round.

In addition to Snarr's 72, David Rynecki and Zach Ramey both carded five-over-par 77's with John Judy posting an 80.

The tournament concludes Monday.




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