SU roundup: Hornets rally to stun Tigers
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HAMPDEN-SYDNEY – Shenandoah University registered possibly the biggest football upset in school history with a 36-35 ODAC victory over Hampden-Sydney Saturday afternoon.
Shenandoah (3-4, 2-2 ODAC) erased a 19-0 first quarter deficit to stun the first-place Tigers (5-2, 3-1).
SU scored the winning points by driving 64 yards in eight plays, finishing with a Qlyl Middelijn 22-yard TD reception with 47 second remaining.
The Hornets elected to forgo the potential game-tying PAT and went for the win, giving the ball to sophomore Andrew Smith around right end for the two-point conversion and game-winning points.
Smith, who had 152 yards rushing and another 95 receiving, was untouched as he hit the goal line.
H-SC started on its own 39 on what proved to be the final drive of the game and advanced to the SU 46, but saw quarterback Nash Nance’ pass fall incomplete at the goal line as time expired.
Nance threatened to blow the Hornets out in the first quarter, throwing for 212 yards and two TDs on nine completions in 12 attempts.
However, in an omen of things to come, the Tigers failed on both PATs (trying for two each time) on their opening two scores.
H-SC later missed a conventional try on its touchdown in the third quarter.
Shenandoah began its comeback with a Smith touchdown, this one 15-yards, at the 8:30 mark of the second and then scored two touchdowns in the third to cut the deficit to 22-20.
The second TD, a Drew Ferguson to Smith 57-yard pass, was followed by a failed two-point attempt.
The two teams then traded TDs, with the Tigers taking a 35-28 lead on a Nance 25-yard run with 2:37 remaining, before the Hornets drove for the game-winning score.
Hampden-Sydney outgained SU 474 to 427 with the Tigers throwing for 328 yards and the Hornets rushing for 236.
SU possessed the ball for 32:27, including 10:39 in the second quarter to help take the H-SC offense out of sync.
Senior Tijun Findley paced the victorious defense with eight tackles. Byron Mitchell had seven solo stops and blocked a punt in the third quarter to set up the Hornets initial second half touchdown.
Shenandoah plays its final road contest next Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at Randolph-Macon.
SALEM – The Shenandoah University field hockey team clinched a home game at the upcoming ODAC Tournament with a 2-0 league win at Roanoke Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Kelani Bailey finished off a Sarah Brock penalty corner insertion in the 12th minute to give SU (9-9, 5-2 ODAC) all it would need against Roanoke (3-13, 2-6).
In the 48th minute, junior Ashley Cross, who leads the ODAC in scoring, tallied unassisted to give the Hornets an insurance goal.
The Hornets defense then took over with senior Sarah Clare posting her second straight shutout.
Clare made three saves in the win.
Shenandoah outshot the Maroons 13-8 and had an 11-4 advantage in penalty corners.
SU now knows it will host a first round game next Saturday afternoon against an opponent to be determined.
Game time will be determined on Wednesday.
The Hornets complete the regular season with a Wednesday afternoon home contest against Randolph-Macon.
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University volleyball team celebrated its senior day with a 3-0 sweep of Randolph College Saturday afternoon.
Shenandoah (13-14, 5-6 ODAC) won at 21, 15 and 16 over the WildCats (11-10, 2-8) to make the final ODAC match for seniors Katy Griffith and Haley Smith a victorious one.
The win also means that SU finishes tied for seventh in the league with Bridgewater and will be the eighth seed at the upcoming ODAC Tournament. The Hornets will travel to the tournament’s top seed (either Randolph-Macon or Washington and Lee) on November 6 for a quarterfinal round match.
Fittingly, Smith led all players with a co-match-high 10 kills with Griffith posting a second-best-on-team seven digs.
Junior Samantha Schambach, who had a match-high 12 digs, also had the match-clinching kill.
Freshman Jasmine Callahan fueled the offense with 31 assists.
Shenandoah is back at home on Tuesday night in its final home match of the year. The Hornets host Washington Adventist in that 7:30 match.
SWEET BRIAR – Shenandoah University snapped a two-match women’s soccer losing streak with a 5-0 ODAC victory at Sweet Briar Saturday afternoon.
Shenandoah (9-7-1, 7-3-1 ODAC) got all of the offense it would need on an Anna Wilson penalty kick conversion in the 25th minute.
The Hornets then added goals in the 30th, 44th, 57th and 68th minutes to dispatch the Vixens (3-10-1, 1-10).
Averi Rosena had two goals with Kati Richardson and Courtney Boschert adding one each.
Jennifer Nguyen had two assists to complete the SU scoresheet.
Shenandoah outshot its hosts 29-2 and took all five of the game’s corners.
Hornets keepers Nicole Pratt, Kristen Barrickman and Alyssa Jaghab combined on the shutout with Jaghab and Pratt both making one save each.
VIRGINIA BEACH – Host Virginia Wesleyan scored three second half goals on its way to a 3-0 ODAC men’s soccer victory over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.
Virginia Wesleyan (12-4-1, 8-2 ODAC) got what proved to be the game-winning goal on an own goal in the 55th minute.
The Marlins then scored in the 67th and 73rd minutes, the latter on a penalty kick, to dispatch SU (0-17, 0-10).
Rodrigo Casteriana made seven saves for the Hornets in goal.
VWC owned a 26-9 advantage in shots and took seven of the game’s 11 corners.
Shenandoah completes its season on Tuesday night at 7:30 with a Senior Night contest against Eastern Mennonite.