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SU: Hornets sweep Lynchburg in tennis

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WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University men's tennis team completed its season Wednesday afternoon with a 7-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over visiting Lynchburg College.

Shenandoah (5-11, 2-8 ODAC) took a 2-1 lead after the doubles portion of the match thanks to victories at Nos. 1 and 3.

Lynchburg (4-11, 1-9) kept itself in it by winning 9-7 at No. 2.

SU then swept all but the No. 4 singles contest to clinch the victory.

Senior Michael Milanov, playing in his final collegiate meet, was a double winner.

He combined with Steven Baker to win 8-0 at No. 1 doubles and then took out Matt Karvelas 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 singles.

Baker had the clinching victory, winning 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2.

Jeremy Parel won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3, Will Leach 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 and Zach O'Neal 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6.

Leach and Parel had the 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles.

Shenandoah won its final two matches of the season.

Women's tennis

Shenandoah 8, Lynchburg 1

WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah women's tennis team completed its spring 2013 season Wednesday afternoon with an 8-1 ODAC victory over Lynchburg College.

Shenandoah (7-9, 2-9 ODAC) led 2-0 before stepping on the court as LC (1-13, 0-11) defaulted at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Playing singles first, SU then clinched the match with wins in the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles contests.

Freshman Amy Rapp, a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Madison Dixon at No. 3, had the match-clinching win.

Shenandoah swept the singles with all but the victory at No. 2 coming in straight sets.

In that match, freshman Molly Barb was a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 victor over Betsy Stipa.

Shannon Allin, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1, Rachel Gross, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 and Amber Lake, 6-0, 6-3, rounded out the singles winners.

The two teams split the doubles with Allin and Barb winning 8-6 at No. 1 for SU.

Shenandoah finished the year by winning three of its final five matches.

Women's lacrosse

Randolph-Macon 10, Shenandoah 9

ASHLAND -- The Shenandoah women's lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaking 10-9 decision to Randolph-Macon on Wednesday evening.

Despite the loss, Shenandoah (10-4, 7-2 ODAC) can still clinch the No. 2 seed at the upcoming ODAC Tournament should the Hornets down Virginia Wesleyan Saturday in the regular-season finale.

SU is now tied for second with Roanoke, but holds the tiebreaker over the Lady Maroons based on the head-to-head result from earlier this season.

Randolph-Macon (10-4, 6-4) took control with a four-goal run midway through the first half.

Junior Samantha Donaghy scored the opening goal of the game at 24:37, but the 'Jackets scored four straight from 22:18 to 12:40 marks to take a 4-1 lead.

Shenandoah was able to answer with three of the final four goals of the stanza to trail by just one, 5-4, at the break before tying the game at 6-6 on a Samantha Sisson goal at 20:08.

R-MC then scored 18 second later on a free position shot to take the lead for good.

Donaghy and Amy Rollins scored goals at 6:07 and 1:26, respectively, to make matters interesting, but SU could not tally the equalizer.

Donaghy led the visitors with four goals while Samantha Sisson had three goals and one assist.

SU outshot its hosts 23-21, had an 11-10 advantage in draw controls and the two teams split 28 groundballs.

Ashley Cross made eight saves for the Hornets.

Men's lacrosse

Bridgewater 10, Shenandoah 8

BRIDGEWATER -- Host Bridgewater College prevented Shenandoah from earning its first-ever ODAC men's lacrosse victory with a 10-8 win Wednesday afternoon at Jopson Field.

The Eagles (5-8, 1-6 ODAC) scored the first three goals of the game to take a lead they would not relinquish over SU (5-8, 0-6).

Freshman Dom Lombardi broke the scoreless string with an unassisted goal at 12:12 of the first, but SU could not make a deeper dent in the BC lead. Bridgewater scored two of the final three goals of the opening stanza to take 5-2 lead after one.

This lead eventually expanded to 6-2 before the Hornets sandwiched a 3-0 run around the halftime break to trail by just one, 6-5, with 11:39 remaining in the third.

Unfortunately for coach Mike Kruger's club, this would be as close as Shenandoah would get.

The Eagles scored the final three goals of the third with the final one, by Thomas Maher with 5:44 remaining, proving to be the eventual game-winner.

Sean Ohlhaver, who had the first two goals in that original 3-0 run for the Hornets, scored the initial goal of the fourth.

Freshman Nick Rondeau then had two of the final three goals of the game, scoring for the visitors at 11:34 and 3:10, to provide the final margin.

Ohlhaver had three goals and Rondeau two goals and an assist to lead Kruger's club offensively.

BC outshot SU 48-32, had a 50-34 advantage in groundballs and won 19 of 22 draws at the faceoff 'x'.

Tyler Quinn made 14 saves for the Hornets.

Shenandoah hosts Guilford on Saturday in another ODAC contest.


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