SU roundup: Guilford cruises past Hornets
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Host Guilford College used a dominating offensive performance Saturday afternoon to key a 56-29 ODAC football victory over Shenandoah.
The Quakers (3-2, 2-0 ODAC) rolled up 705 yards in total offense on their way to the win over SU (2-3, 1-1).
Sophomore quarterback Matt Pawlowski did most of the damage, throwing for 360 yards and six touchdowns on 26 completions in 31 attempts.
Pawlowski was 5 for 5 for 103 yards and three TDs in the third quarter as GC turned a 21-0 halftime contest into a 49-7 advantage.
Trailing 21-0 at the break, Shenandoah appeared to get back in it on its initial drive of the third as sophomore Brandon Adams hauled in a Drew Ferguson pass and sprinted 77 yards for the Hornets first TD of the game.
Unfortunately, it took Pawlowski just one play to answer, as he hit Drew Smith with a 75-yard TD strike to bring the margin back to 21 points.
He would throw two more TD passes in the stanza, at 7:16 and 4:35 (both to Josh Jurgevich) to seal the victory for the Quakers. The TD pass was his final one of the game as he sat out the fourth period.
But Shenandoah refused to fold its collective tent.
Adams hauled in another TD pass, this one a 30-yarder from Justin Neff, to make it 49-14 with 55 seconds remaining in the third.
After Jurgevich scored his final touchdown, Andrew Smith had a 1-yard TD run at 6:50 and Cedrick Delaney a 78-yard TD reception from Ferguson to complete the day’s scoring.
Ferguson ran in a bobbled PAT snap for the final points of the game.
Shenandoah had 445 yards in total offense on its own with Neff throwing for 174 yards and Ferguson 161.
Adams had 119 yards receiving on four catches and Delaney 114 on just two receptions.
Michael Wroble paced the defense with seven tackles.
SU hosts Catholic next Saturday in a 1:00 homecoming contest.
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University field hockey team celebrated its senior day Saturday by downing Virginia Wesleyan 2-0 in an important ODAC contest.
Shenandoah (6-8, 2-1 ODAC) honored Sarah Clare, Ashley Cross, Liz Grover and Katie Johnson prior to the game, but it was a sophomore who provided all of the offensive fireworks.
Kelani Bailey scored twice for coach Ashley Smeltzer, the first off of a Presha Merritt assist just 88 seconds into the contest against VWC (6-5, 2-4), before tallying again in the second half.
This second half goal, on a penalty stroke at 57:06, clinched the victory for the Hornets.
SU put forth a strong defensive effort in the win, holding the Marlins to just three shots on the day (zero in the first half) and Clare needed to make only one stop to post the shutout.
Shenandoah had seven shots of its own.
The two teams split six penalty corners.
The win also gives SU the top tie-breaker over VWC in the race for the six-team ODAC Tournament field. Shenandoah is currently tied with Bridgewater for fourth in the league while Virginia Wesleyan stands sixth.
The Hornets are back in action on Tuesday in a 6 p.,m. contest at Bridgewater.
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s soccer team continued its march to a home ODAC Tournament game by downing visiting Guilford 1-0 Saturday afternoon on the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf.
Senior Brittany Mason scored the lone goal of the game to propel the Hornets (8-5-1, 6-1-1 ODAC) over Guilford (1-14, 1-7).
Freshman Anna Wilson fed Mason for that tally in the 11th minute, and from then on the SU defense took over to make the goal stand up as the game-winner.
Shenandoah allowed just one Quakers shot on the day and forced GC to play from its own end for the vast majority of the contest.
Coach Liz Pike’s club took 22 shots, including 14 in the second half, to keep the pressure on its visitors.
The Hornets also took all 12 of the game’s corner kicks.
SU keepers Erin Septer and Nicole Pratt combined on the shutout, with Septer making the lone save.
Septer played the initial 58:45 before turning it over to Pratt.
With the win, the Hornets maintain at least a third-place position in the conference standings. The top four teams will host the first round of the upcoming ODAC Tournament.
Shenandoah hosts Virginia Wesleyan on Friday night at 7 p.m. in an important ODAC contest.
EMORY – Host Emory and Henry scored a goal midway through the second half to down Shenandoah 2-1 in ODAC men’s soccer action Saturday evening.
After E&H (2-12, 1-5 ODAC) had opened the game’s scoring with a goal in the 30th minute, senior Alex Clouse tied it for SU (0-13, 0-6).
Just eight seconds before halftime, Clouse converted a free kick from 22 yards out to bring the game back to level.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, the Wasps answered 25 minutes into the second half.
Pierce Moreland corralled a long pass and slipped his shot past SU keeper Rodrigo Casteriana for what proved to be the game-winner.
SU had five shots after Moreland’s goal, but Wasps keeper Didier Grillett came up with four saves, another was blocked and the last one was off-frame.
E&H outshot the Hornets 18-16 with SU taking nine of the game’s 14 corners.
Casteriana had five saves.
Shenandoah is back in action on Wednesday evening with a 7 p.m. home contest against Bridgewater.
EMORY – Host Emory and Henry topped Shenandoah University 3-1 in ODAC volleyball action Saturday morning.
After the Hornets (10-13, 2-5 ODAC) tied matters at 1-1 thanks to a 25-22 victory in the second set, E&H (13-8, 5-2) clinched the victory with wins at 20 and 15 in the third and fourth sets, respectively.
The Wasps opened the match with a 25-15 triumph.
Juniors Rachel Gross and Samantha Schambach led the Hornets with 11 and 10 kills, respectively, with Allie Pieper and Rachel Roberts adding eight each.
Jasmine Callahan and Rachel Cerretani had 21 and 20 assists to fuel the offense.
Taylor Anderson had a team-high 17 digs to pace the defensive effort.
Shenandoah is off until Friday when it travels to Bridgewater for a 7 p.m. ODAC match.