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SU roundup: Hornets earn berth in ODAC women's lacrosse tourney


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WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University women's lacrosse team clinched a berth in the upcoming Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament with a 19-2 victory over visiting Randolph on Wednesday evening.

The co-league-leading Hornets (10-2, 7-0 ODAC) broke a 1-1 tie with the WildCats (4-8, 1-6) with an 11-goal first half run.

Senior Sydney Anderson got the run started at 26:54 with her goal off of an Evie Gaffney assist, and SU pumped in 10 more unanswered to take a 12-1 lead with 1:51 remaining in the stanza.

Mlanie Eisele finally snapped the string with her tally six seconds before halftime for the 'Cats.

Shenandoah then scored all seven goals of the second, including the first-ever collegiate goal by freshman Elizabeth Paras.

Paras closed the book on the day's scoring when she finished off a Samantha Sisson goal with 10 seconds to play.

The win clinches a spot in the six-team tournament -- SU is currently tied with Guilford for the top spot in the conference and the two teams have a one-game advantage over third-place Roanoke.

The top two teams in the league will receive a first-round bye in the tournament.

The Quakers visit Winchester on Saturday in a 2 p.m. contest.

The Hornets outshot Randolph 33-7 Wednesday evening, had a 25-9 advantage in groundballs and won 13 of 22 draw controls.

SU goalies Ashley Cross and Bonnie Giovannetti made a combined three saves.

Softball

Shenandoah 2-9, Stevenson 1-4

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Shenandoah women's softball team posted its third non-league doubleheader sweep of the 2013 season with 2-1 and 9-4 victories over Stevenson on Wednesday afternoon.

The Hornets (18-14) needed nine innings to win the opener, while game two was halted due to darkness after five innings.

Junior Heather Sink gave SU the game one victory by driving in placed runner Morgan Coble with a double to left center.

Sink's classmate, Stephanie Cameron (12-4), then got a strikeout and two groundouts in the bottom of the frame to clinch the victory.

Cameron allowed one run on seven hits and five walks while striking out nine.

Kimberly Brady and Erica Kondzielawa both had two hits in the win.

A six-run third proved to be enough in the nightcap for freshman Megan Tripp (6-5). Tripp scattered four runs on nine hits and one walk in the five-inning complete game.

Sink, Denise Mitchell and Madison Bradley all had two hits in game two with Kondzielawa and Lauren McCabe driving in two runs each.

Kondzielawa had a solo home run in the fourth after driving in a run by drawing a walk in the third.

McCabe had an RBI double in the second and a run-scoring fielder's choice in the third.

Shenandoah returns to ODAC play on Saturday at Emory & Henry.

Men's lacrosse

Marymount 13, Shenandoah 6

ARLINGTON -- Host Marymount University used a big run in the middle of the contest to key a 13-6 non-league men's lacrosse victory over Shenandoah on Wednesday evening.

After Shenandoah (5-7) took a 3-2 lead following a Sean Ohlhaver goal at 10:09 of the second, Marymount (7-4) reeled off 10 of the game's next 12 goals to take a 13-5 lead with 11:50 to play.

Freshman Matt Justice finally halted the run by finishing off an Ohlhaver assist at 11:17 of the fourth, but the hole proved too deep.

Justice had the final goal of the contest by scoring a man-up goal with 40 seconds to play.

The contest was still close, 7-5, after Bryan Pope scored at 11:17 of the third, but the Saints erased any hope of a Hornets comeback by scoring the next six goals of the contest.

Shenandoah was held scoreless for exactly 15 minutes of game time.

Justice led the visitors with three goals, while Ohlhaver added a goal and two assists.

Pope rounded out the multiple point scorers with a goal and an assist.

Marymount outshot SU 57-37, had a 40-35 advantage in groundballs and won 16 of 23 faceoffs.

Tyler Quinn made 18 saves.

The Hornets are now off until traveling to Bridgewater next Wednesday for an ODAC contest.

Baseball

Catholic 15, Shenandoah 11

WINCHESTER -- Visiting Catholic University scored nine runs in its final two at-bats to upset No. 25/25 Shenandoah 15-11 in non-league baseball action Wednesday evening.

Shenandoah (19-8) held a 10-6 lead going into the eighth before the Cards (19-10) roughed up Hornets closer Cameron Lundmark in the eighth and ninth.

Lundmark (0-1) saw Catholic score three runs in the eighth to bring itself within striking distance, and then erupt for six runs in the ninth.

Catholic sent 10 men to the plate in the ninth and scored four runs with two outs.

Lundmark allowed seven runs on four hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Despite the five-run deficit, SU mounted a rally in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate when the game ended.

Chris Nee (1-1), who pitched the final two innings for the visitors, got J.J. McDaniel to fly to deep left center to end the game.

The Hornets had 17 hits in the game, including four by first baseman Dan Powers and three from leadoff hitter John Wilt.

The top six hitters in the Shenandoah lineup all had at least one hit and five of the six posted at least two.

Andrew Creamer had three RBI and Wilt, Michael Paul and Powers drove in two each.

SU is back in action Thursday at 4 p.m. in a non-league game against Wesley.

Men's tennis

Bridgewater 9, Shenandoah 0

WINCHESTER -- Visiting Bridgewater maintained its spot near the top of the ODAC men's tennis standings with a 9-0 victory over Shenandoah on Wednesday afternoon.

The Eagles (9-7, 6-1 ODAC) had a 2-0 lead before the match started as SU (3-10, 0-7) defaulted at No. 6 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Bridgewater clinched it with 8-4 and 8-1 victories in the top two doubles matches, respectively, and a 6-3, 6-0 win by Sam Churchill at No. 4 singles.

The two closest matches came at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, where Steven Baker and Jeremy Parel both extended the match into a third set.

Baker fell 10-8 in his 10-point super-tiebreaker at No. 2, while Parel lost 10-6 in his.

The Hornets travel to Emory and Henry on Saturday for another ODAC contest.



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