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SU roundup: Hornets picked fourth in women's lacrosse

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FOREST -- The Shenandoah University women's lacrosse team is the No. 4 selection of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference coaches in preseason poll results released Tuesday by the league office.

Shenandoah, coming off of a program-record 13 wins and an appearance in the USA South Tournament championship game, has 63 points to finish fourth of 11 ODAC women's lacrosse playing institutions.

Defending champion Washington and Lee is the pick to win it all again in 2013, grabbing a perfect 100 points on 10 first-place votes.

Points are awarded on a 1-10 basis with teams unable to vote for themselves in the poll.

Roanoke, with 87 points, is the No. 2 selection with Lynchburg coming in third at 85 points.

The Lynchburg Hornets received the final first place vote.

SU was 4-0 against ODAC schools last season, defeating Guilford, 8-7; Randolph-Macon, 17-11; Randolph College, 13-2 and Bridgewater, 14-6.

GC was picked fifth, Macon tied for sixth, Bridgewater eighth and Randolph ninth in the poll.

Shenandoah returns nine starters from the 2012 squad, including juniors Samantha Sisson and Ashley Cross and sophomore Liz Bereit. All three of women were first team All-USA South Conference selections last spring, with Sisson being named as the league's Rookie of the Year in 2011 and Bereit in 2012.

Women's soccer

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah women's soccer coach Liz Pike announced the dates for her second-ever "Mini-Kickers" Camp Tuesday morning.

The fun camp is designed to teach basic soccer skills to children aged 3-5 and will be offered for two sessions of three weeks each.

Session I begins March 19 and runs through April 4 with Session II running from April 16 through May 2.

Both camps meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for one hour and will be held on the natural grass soccer field located behind Shingleton Gymnasium.

Session I is a 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. camp, and Session II from 5-6 p.m.

Camp tuition is $50 for the six sessions.

"We started this last year as a way to both introduce children to the game and as a way for our players to begin teaching the game at its most basic level," Pike said.

"The camp proved to be very popular -- one-hour sessions, twice a week is perfect this age to start learning the game. We keep them moving the entire time and do our best to make it a positive experience."

For more information, please call Pike at 540-665-5538 or email epike@su.edu.

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