SU roundup: Hornets clinch spot in ODAC field hockey tourney
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HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah University field hockey team has clinched a spot in the upcoming Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament thanks to a 1-0 win over host Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday evening.
Shenandoah (8-9, 4-2 ODAC) scored the game’s lone goal when sophomore Sarah Brock slapped home a rebound of a saved shot 4:23 into the second half against Eastern Mennonite (3-13, 3-3).
The win puts SU three games ahead of seventh place Virginia Wesleyan and Roanoke with two games remaining in the league schedule.
Thanks to last week’s win over Washington and Lee, the Hornets will enter the tournament no worse than the fifth seed.
Shenandoah can still clinch a home game at the tournament with wins in its final two ODAC contests.
SU finishes the league slate with games at Roanoke on Saturday and home against Randolph-Macon next Wednesday.
Senior Sarah Clare had 10 saves to post the shutout victory Wednesday night — six of her saves came in the first half.
The Hornets were outshot 18-11 and saw Eastern Mennonite win six of the game’s 10 corners.
SU travels to Roanoke on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.
WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah volleyball team rode the emotion of its Dig Pink crowd to fuel a 3-1 ODAC victory over Lynchburg College on Wednesday evening.
SU (12-14, 4-6 ODAC) qualifies for the upcoming ODAC tournament with the win over Lynchburg (11-12, 6-4).
Shenandoah is now tied with Bridgewater for seventh in the league, one-half game ahead of ninth place Guilford in the league standings. Even if SU loses on Saturday in the league finale (at home against Randolph), it will still hold the eighth and final spot in the tourney thanks to a 3-0 win over Guilford on Sept. 28.
Shenandoah rebounded from a 25-19 Lynchburg victory in the opening set to sweep the final three sets at 19, 21 and 15.
Coach Jaime Terenzi’s club took control of the match with a 9-2 run in the middle of the second set that turned a 14-12 deficit into a 19-16 lead.
Junior Rachel Gross, who had a co-match-high 11 kills, clinched the set with a service ace.
Following the 10-minute break in which Shenandoah raised nearly $300 for the Side-Out Foundation and raffled off a dozen items, SU again rallied in the middle of the set.
Trailing 10-7, Terenzi’s club quickly jumped in front 11-10 thanks to three Lynchburg attack errors and a Gross kill.
The hosts did not trail again in the set, eventually closing it out on another Gross kill.
The fourth brought more of the same, this time rallying from 9-7 down to lead 12-10 and eventually 23-13 before coasting home to the 10-point victory.
Samantha Schamach, who matched Gross with 11 kills, clinched the victory with her third service ace of the night.
Jasmine Callahan had a match-high 34 assists and 11 digs with Gross also posting 18 digs.
Katy Griffith and Rachel Cerretani had 14 digs each to back up Gross.
Shenandoah celebrates its seniors, honoring Griffith and Haley Smith, prior to Saturday’s 2 p.m. contest against Randolph.
ASHLAND — Host Randolph-Macon made an early goal stand up in a 3-0 ODAC men’s soccer victory over Shenandoah on Wednesday afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets (5-7-3, 2-4-3 ODAC) scored in the 11th minute to take a lead they would not relinquish over SU (0-16, 0-9).
R-MC added second half goals in the 51st and 85th minutes to provide the final margin of victory.
Shenandoah keeper Rodrigo Casteriana made 10 saves in the contest, including eight in the first half.
Macon held a 26-9 advantage in shots and took five of the game’s seven corners.
SU plays its final road contest of the season on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. game at Virginia Wesleyan.
LEXINGTON — Host Washington and Lee scored a late goal Wednesday afternoon on its way to a 1-0 ODAC women’s soccer victory over Shenandoah.
The first-place Generals (14-1-1, 10-0 ODAC) got a Kathryn Riley goal in the 86th minute to push past SU (8-7-1, 6-3-1).
Haley Ward set up Riley for that game-winner.
Freshman goalkeeper Erin Septer, who had seven saves, had no chance on Riley’s shot.
Shenandoah was held to seven shots, with just one on-frame, in the contest while W&L took all eight of the game’s corners.
At the half, the hosts had taken nine of the game’s 14 shots to that point.
SU is back in action on Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. ODAC contest at Sweet Briar.