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SU roundup: Hornets will play for ODAC softball title


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SALEM - The Shenandoah University softball team will have to wait one more day to play for the ODAC Softball Championship as all play today has been washed out due to rain in the Salem area.

The fifth-seeded Hornets will take on top-seed Virginia Wesleyan Monday at noon in the league's championship game.

Should SU win that contest, the two teams will turn right around and play again to decide the league's champion and accompanying automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Shenandoah, 28-17, has won eight of its last nine games.

Virginia Wesleyan is 37-6 overall and ranked No. 17 in the nation.

The Marlins swept SU earlier this season, winning 5-1 and 8-3 on March 23 in Virginia Beach.

Saturday's softball
SALEM - The Shenandoah University softball team will play for the 2013 ODAC Championship after downing No. 19 Lynchburg College 8-6 in the loser's bracket final Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (28-17) will face top-seeded Virginia Wesleyanon Monday. SU will need to beat the top-seeded Marlins twice to win the title and earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

SU is scheduled to be the home team in the first game Monday.

Playing as the visitor Friday night, Shenandoah scored three runs in the first to take a lead it would not relinquish against Lynchburg (32-11).

Coach Marlena Kotynski's club extended its advantage to five runs with two runs each in the third and fifth innings, but found itself in a ballgame as LC scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to just one, 7-6.

Kotynski, who used four of her five pitchers in the game, turned to Amanda Litwin to put out the fire and the senior came through, working a perfect final 1 2/3 innings to post her first save of the season.

Litwin also had one strikeout.

Freshman Megan Tripp (10-6) was the winner, scattering one hit in working the fourth and fifth innings.

Stephanie Cameron started and had five strikeouts in three innings pitched.

SU banged out 10 hits in the victory with senior Lauren McCabe leading the club with a 4 for 4 evening that included four RBI.

She had RBI singles in the first, third and seventh with the single to left center in the third driving in a pair of runs.

Erica Kondzielawa had a two-run double in the fifth.

Jessi Hall and Melanie Tenney had two hits each for Lynchburg.

Women's lacrosse
WINCHESTER - Shenandoah University advanced to its first-ever ODAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament championship Saturday afternoon with a 17-5 win over Randolph-Macon on the sun-kissed Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf.

Second-seeded Shenandoah (12-4) now advances to the championship next Saturday against No. 4 Washington and Lee, which upset top-seeded Guilford 14-13 Saturday afternoon.

SU will host that game at a time to be announced.

The Hornets gave up the first two goals of the game to the Yellow Jackets (12-6), but roared back with three straight Samantha Donaghy goals to take a 3-2 lead.

Macon briefly asnasr with a Janelle Whitman tally on a free position shot at 11:40, but junior Samantha Sisson scored at 10:46 and 9:15 to give coach Lindsey Lutz' club a lead it would not relinquish.

Sisson's first goal, one of four she had on the day, started a 4-0 Shenandoah run to complete the first half.

R-MC scored the initial goal of the second half, by Emily Lynch on a free position shot at 25:33, but this would prove to be the visitors last gasp.

SU ripped off eight straight, including another three by Donaghy, to kick in the 10-goal rule.

The Hornets never let the lead fall into single digits again.

Donaghy closed out the scoring with her career-best seventh goals with 2:02 remaining.

Shenandoah outshot Macon 35-20 and offset a 17-16 advantage in groundballs by winning 17 of 24 draws.

The two goalkeepers, Ashley Cross for SU and Nicole Woodworth for the 'Jackets, split 26 saves.

Men's lacrosse
WINCHESTER - Shenandoah University saw its 2013 men's lacrosse season come to an end Saturday afternoon with a 19-5 ODAC loss to No. 14 Lynchburg College.

Lynchburg (12-4, 7-2 ODAC) used a strong second quarter to pull away from host SU (5-11, 0-9).

Leading 3-1 heading into the second stanza, LC scored eight of the nine goals in the quarter while holding Shenandoah to just three shots.

Freshman Nick Rondeau had the lone tally for the hosts, scoring unassisted at the 11:14 mark.

Lynchburg answered this goal with a 9-0 run of its own; this extended the visitors lead to 13-2 by the 9:03 mark of the third.

Freshman Matt Justice snapped the string for SU with an unassisted tally at 6:35.

LC then scored three straight to start the fourth, the first two on EMO, before Shenandoah had two of the game's final five goals.

Justice set Aaron Paul for the first one, at 11:31, before Rondeau scored unassisted at 7:28.

Lynchburg, which played 50 players, saw 18 of them register at least one point.

Vin Curran led all scorers with four goals and he was 9 of 11 at the faceoff 'x'.

LC owned advantages of 55-19 in shots, 56-38 in groundballs and 21 of 27 at the 'x'.

Shenandoah goalkeepers Tyler Quinn and Brett Holmes combined to make 16 saves.

SU will announce its 2014 schedule in June.



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