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SU roundup: Hornets have solid day at Commonwealth meet

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NEWPORT NEWS -- Shenandoah University had 17 top five finishes to highlight its participation Saturday in the second-ever Commonwealth track & field Duals hosted by Christopher Newport University.

The Hornet men also downed fellow Old Dominion Athletic Conference member Roanoke in the dual meet format by outscoring the Maroons, 70-56.

In addition to Shenandoah and Roanoke, Christopher Newport and Virginia Wesleyan participated in the CNU hosted portion of the meet.

In its second year, the Commonwealth Duals brought together all of the DIII track programs from the state to two locations - CNU and Lynchburg.

Mary Washington, Eastern Mennonite and Bridgewater participated at Lynchburg.

Junior Evan Griffin had the best day for the Hornets by winning the shot put, discus and hammer throws and setting a new school record in the shot with a throw of 13.59 meters.

Travis Bridgeforth paced the jumpers by finishing tied for second in the high jump with a leap of 1.74 meters.

Junior Ryan Taylor had a solid day in the distance events with second-place finishes in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meter races.

On the women's side, senior Jaclyn Mohlmann highlighted her first-ever competition in the javelin with second-place finish.

Her classmate, Amanda Theall, won the discus and was second in both the shot and the hammer. Her hammer toss of 42.54 meters set a new school record.

Mohlmann had a second top five finish with a fourth place showing in the high jump.

The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Alicia Feliciano, Mary Claire Miller, Breana Hagwood and Emily Cobb matched Mohlmann was a fourth-place showing.

Hagwood completed her day by finishing fifth in the 100-meter hurdles.

Finally, Dorothy Earner won the 1500 meters and was fourth in the 5,000.

Both teams are back in action next weekend at the Liberty University Intercollegiate.

Women's lacrosse

ROANOKE -- Shenandoah kept its ODAC women's lacrosse record perfect on the season with a 22-2 victory at Hollins University Saturday afternoon.

After the two teams traded goals in the first 6:16, Shenandoah (7-2, 4-0 ODAC) reeled off 19 straight to easily pull away from Hollins (1-7, 0-5).

Nine different women scored for the Hornets during this run with junior Samantha Sisson tallying seven points on five goals and two assists.

Freshman Sarah Hankins started the run with her first-ever collegiate goal at the 22:42 mark.

The lead reached 10 goals on an Amy Rollins to Sisson goal at 5:47 before bulging to 13-1 by halftime.

The second half brought more of the same with SU keeping its hosts off the board until Chanci Wright scored unassisted with 3:53 to play.

Sisson led the victors with five goals and three assists for eight points, Samantha Donaghy added a goal and five assists for six points and three players: Rollins, Corrinne Kosmowski and Liz Bereit, all had three goals and one assist.

Ten different women registered at least one point.

Shenandoah outshot HU 34-5, posted a 20-16 advantage in groundballs and won 20 of 26 draw controls.

Ashley Cross had two saves in the victory.

SU hosts Washington and Lee on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in another important ODAC contest.

Men's tennis

WINCHESTER -- Hampden-Sydney used a strong singles performance to down host Shenandoah University 7-2 in ODAC men's tennis action Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers (2-6, 2-4 ODAC) led 2-1 after the doubles portion of the event and then won the Nos. 2-6 singles matches to clinch over SU (2-7, 0-6).

Senior Michael Milanov was a double winner for the Hornets.

Milanov combined with Steven Baker to win 8-3 at No. 1 doubles and then took out Zach King 6-1, 6-3 in the top singles match.

Baker, at No. 2, and Jeremy Parel, at No. 3, both fell in three sets. Baker lost 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4) and Parel 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-2).

The men host Southern Virginia on Friday at 3 p.m. in a non-league match.

Men's lacrosse

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah saw its bid for its first-ever ODAC men's lacrosse victory fall just short in an 8-7 loss to Hampden-Sydney Saturday afternoon.

Hampden-Sydney (8-2, 3-0 ODAC) led throughout the contest, but SU (5-4, 0-3) had numerous chances for the tying goal in the final stanza.

Trailing 7-4 after Thomas Armstrong scored for the Tigers at the 4:32 mark of the third, Shenandoah scored twice in the final 53 seconds of the period to cut the deficit to one at 7-6.

Colin Fowler had the first goal, off of a Dom Lombardi feed at the 53-second mark, before Fowler set up classmate Aaron Paul 10 seconds before the gun to bring the hosts to within one.

The two teams then traded goals in the initial 1:57 of the fourth to provide the final margin.

Shenandoah was able to successfully clear the ball into the H-SC zone three times in the final four minutes of the contest, but could not get the game-tying goal.

The Tigers held a 37-31 and 39-33 advantages in shots and groundballs, respectively, and won 12 of 19 draws at the faceoff 'x'.

Both teams converted two of three chances on EMO.

Freshman Sean Ohlhaver, who had the final goal of the game for SU, paced the hosts with three goals.

The Hornets take to the road on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game at Roanoke.


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