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SU roundup: Hornets win first-ever ODAC women's tennis match

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SWEET BRIAR -- The Shenandoah University women's tennis team earned its first-ever Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory Wednesday afternoon with a 5-4 win at Sweet Briar.

Shenandoah (4-7, 1-7 ODAC) took a 2-1 lead after the doubles portion thanks to wins at Nos. 1 and 3.

Shannon Allin and Molly Barb were 8-2 victors in the top match, while Amber Lake and Rachel Gross won 8-6 at No. 3.

The Hornets then clinched with wins in the top three singles matches.

Allin, at No. 1, had the match-clinching win with an 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 victory over Sarah Manter.

Barb joined her as a double winner by taking out Glory Bowman 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2.

Amy Rapp had the other victory, wining 6-3, 6-0 over Mary Elise Dugan at No. 3.

The Nos. 4 and 5 matches were decided after SU had clinched.

Shenandoah is back on the court on Friday afternoon in a non-league match against Southern Virginia.

Women's lacrosse

WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah women's lacrosse team continued its quest for the ODAC regular season championship with an 11-7 victory over pre-season favorite Washington and Lee Wednesday evening.

Shenandoah (8-2, 5-0 ODAC) now has knocked off the three teams picked ahead of it in the pre-season poll with the win over the Generals (5-7, 5-2).

The Hornets are now locked in a tie with Guilford at the top of the league standings and the Quakers visit Winchester a week from Saturday in a game that could determine the top seed at the upcoming conference tournament.

The two teams traded goals 10 seconds apart to start the game before senior Corrinne Kosmowski scored on a free position shot at 26:05 to give SU a lead it would not relinquish Wednesday evening.

Kosmowski's tally, one of two she had on the night, started a 5-0 run for the hosts that gave Lindsey Lutz' club a 6-1 lead with 8:21 remaining in the first.

The Generals answered with the final two goals of the half, scoring at 6:57 and 5:16, to make the score 6-3 at the break.

Shenandoah then scored four of the initial five goals of the second to take a 10-4 lead with 13:20 remaining.

Senior Amy Rollins, who scored the first goal of the game and had three goals on the night, capped this run with a free position goal.

Sophomore Mary Kogler had the victors' final goal of the game by converting a Samantha Sisson feed with 2:00 remaining.

Goalkeeper Ashley Cross was outstanding, stopping 13 saves in the win. Cross had five saves in the opening five minutes of the contest.

W&L outshot SU 28-20 and had a 12-6 advantage in draw controls.

The Hornets won 17 of the game's 29 groundballs.

Shenandoah takes to the road on Saturday for an ODAC game at Sweet Briar.

Men's lacrosse

SALEM -- Host Roanoke College maintained its perfect ODAC men's lacrosse record with a 22-5 victory over Shenandoah on Wednesday evening.

Shenandoah (5-5, 0-4 ODAC) actually led the contest 2-0 after Colin Fowler scored a pair of goals nine seconds apart in the opening minute of the contest.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, the Maroons (7-3, 4-0) buried SU in a barrage of shots following the opening minute.

Roanoke took 70 shots on the day, including 23 in the third quarter alone.

Roanoke also dominated possession, scooping up 67 of 104 groundballs and winning 18 of 29 draws.

Shenandoah was held to 17 shots on the day and took just a combined two shots in the middle two stanzas.

The hosts tied the game on a Joey Dishaw goal at 12:38 and went on to score another seven goals before Nick Rondeau fed Matt Justice at the 8:32 mark.

Roanoke then scored twice in the final two minutes of the second to take an 11-3 lead into halftime.

This two-goal spurt grew to seven straight before Sean Ohlhaver scored unassisted to make it 18-4 with 2:20 remaining in the third.

The Maroons finished the game on a 4-1 run.

Tyler Quinn had 14 saves and Brett Holmes four in the losing effort.

SU hosts Randolph-Macon on Saturday at 1 p.m., in another ODAC contest.

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