SU roundup: Two Hornets earn national honors

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Shenandoah University had two football players recognized Tuesday for their performances in this past Saturday’s 29-20 ODAC victory over Bridgewater.

Sophomore defensive back Bayvon Young was selected to the week five Team of the Week by D3football.com while senior Byron Mitchell grabbed Athlete of the Week honors from Beyond Sports Network in selections announced this afternoon by the two publications.

Mitchell, who was named ODAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season on Sunday, led all players with 13 tackles (11 solo) in the win over the Eagles.

He had 2.5 sacks and 3.5 TFL among those 13 stops while also forcing two fumbles and recovering another.

Young, a cornerback, had three tackles (two solo), broke up one pass, forced a fumble and blocked a field goal attempt to earn the D3football.com ToW accolade.

This is Young’s first weekly honor.

Shenandoah is back in action this Saturday at Guilford. Kickoff for this ODAC contest is 1 p.m.

ARLINGTON – Host Marymount University outlasted Shenandoah in non-conference volleyball action Tuesday night at the Verizon Sports Arena.

Marymount (14-8) was a 3-1 victor over the Hornets (9-12), winning at 21 and 19 in the opening two sets before SU won the third at 21.

The Saints then clinched the victory by winning 25-18 in the fourth.

Shenandoah trailed for most of that third set and was down one as late at 21-20 before closing MU out by scoring the final five points of the set.

Sophomore Allie Pieper had the set clinching point with a kill off of a Rachel Cerretani set.

The Hornets carried this momentum into the fourth by opening that set with four straight points, but Marymount answered with an 8-0 run of its own and never trailed again.

Junior Ashleigh Tanis paced SU with 11 kills while Haley Smith added 10.

Jasmine Callahan had 26 assists in running the offense with Taylor Anderson and Rachel Gross each posting 17 digs.

Gross, with nine kills, just missed a double-double.

Shenandoah continues this road trip Thursday night with a 7 p.m. non-league match at Hood.

Field hockey
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Host Gettysburg College used a five-goal run in the second half to key a 6-1 non-league field hockey victory over Shenandoah Tuesday afternoon.

The Bullets (6-4) scored four times in the first 15:04 of the second half to pull away from Shenandoah (5-8).

After GC took the early lead with a goal in the third minute of the contest, junior Ashley Cross tied the game for SU with an unassisted goal 45 seconds prior to the halftime gun.

Cross dribbled to the right hash and ripped home her shot from five yards out for the tying score.

Gettysburg then opened the second with goals in the 43rd, 47th, 50th and 51st minutes to take the commanding lead.

The final two goals of this run came 52 seconds apart.

Sarah Clare made three saves in 50:56 of action before turning it over to Katelyn Gregory. Gregory made two stops and allowed the hosts’ final goal of the game.

The Bullets outshot Shenandoah 19-7 and had a 13-3 advantage in penalty corners.

SU returns home on Saturday for a 4:00 ODAC contest against Virginia Wesleyan. This game is also Senior Day for the Hornets.