SU roundup: Mitchell named POW

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FOREST – Senior Byron Mitchell has been named ODAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season in selections announced Sunday afternoon by the league office.

Mitchell earned his second honor in three weeks by leading all players with 13 tackles in the Hornets 29-20 ODAC victory over Bridgewater Saturday night.

The win is also the first-ever ODAC victory for the football program and just the second over BC since Shenandoah restarted its football program in 2000.

Eleven of Mitchell’s 13 stops were solo and he had 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

Lastly, he forced two fumbles and recovered another help SU to the win in the league opener.

Mitchell and the Hornets are back in action this Saturday at Guilford.


Shenandoah University volleyball team split a non-league tri-match Saturday at Frostburg.

Shenandoah (9-11) rebounded from a 3-0 loss to St. Vincent by outlasting the host Bobcats 3-2 in the final match of the day.

Frostburg falls to 3-19 with the loss.

The two teams split the opening two sets, with both scores going 25-18 to the winner, before FSU won the third 25-22. SU then stormed back to win 26-24 in the fourth and 15-12 in the fifth.

Rachel Gross had a team-high 15 kills with Samantha Schambach adding 10.

Rachel Cerretani had 30 assists and Jasmine Callahan 23 to fuel the offense.

Defensively, Taylor Anderson had 19 digs and Schambach 18.

In the opener, St. Vincent won at 23, 20 and 23 over the Hornets.

Gross paced SU with nine kills while Haley Smith added seven with Ashleigh Tanis, Rachel Roberts and Allie Pieper posting three each.

Cerretani and Callahan had 14 and 13 assists, respectively.

Anderson paced the defensive effort with 23 digs.

Shenandoah is back in action at Marymount on Tuesday.

Women’s soccer

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s soccer team saw its five-match ODAC unbeaten streak come to an end today with a 2-0 loss to No. 11 Lynchburg.

The LC Hornets (11-1, 5-0 ODAC) scored goals in the 36th and 52nd minutes to hand the SU Hornets (6-5-1, 4-1-1) their first conference loss of the season.

Daisy Thomas tallied the game-winner at 35:34 when she dribbled in all alone down the right side and ripped her shot off the left post and in.

Shenandoah keeper Erin Septer, who finished with 10 saves and had diving stops in both halves, was only able to get a finger on Thomas’ shot.

Lynchburg got its insurance goal in the 52nd minute from Nicole Kopsidas.

The visitors had an 21-4 advantage in shots and took 11 of the game’s 12 corners.

SU is at Bridgewater on Wednesday for a 4:00 ODAC contest.

Field hockey
SWEET BRIAR- The Shenandoah University field hockey team earned its first ODAC win of the season with a 4-0 shutout of host Sweet Briar Saturday afternoon.

The victory also snaps a three-match losing streak for the Hornets (5-7, 1-1 ODAC).

Junior Ashley Cross figured in three of her team’s four goals on the day.

In the 34th minute, she converted a Sarah Brock feed for what would prove to be the game-winner.

Following the break, Cross sandwiched assists on goals in the 41st and 67th minutes around a Brock goal in the 58th minute to provide the final margin of victory.

Sophomore Presha Merritt fed Brock for her tally while Tori Finney and Lauren Mills had the goals in the 41st and 67th minutes, respectively.

Sarah Clare made three saves in the opening 57:15 of game time before turning it over to sophomore Katelyn Gregory.

Shenandoah had a 26-5 advantage in shots over the Vixens (1-7, 0-2) and took 15 of the game’s 21 corners.

SU is in action on Wednesday at Gettysburg in the squad’s final non-conference contest of the season.