SU roundup: Yellow Jackets sting Hornets

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ASHLAND – Host Randolph-Macon kept its ODAC football championship hopes alive with a 42-7 victory over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.

Macon quarterback Zac Naccarato led the ‘Jackets (6-2, 4-1 ODAC) to the victory with a 198-yard passing day that included 13 completions in 14 attempts and two touchdowns.

Shenandoah (3-5, 2-3) held Will McGhee to 64 yards rushing on 18 carries, but saw R-MC convert 10 of 14 third downs and both of its fourth down attempts to extend its 14-0 halftime advantage into a 35-0 bulge by the 4:35 mark of the fourth.

The Hornets avoided the shutout as backup quarterback Justin Neff directed an eight-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard TD pass to Brandon Adams with 1:55 to play.

However, Macon wasn’t finished as backup quarterback Greg Petrohovich hit Jake Connolly with a 58-yard bomb on the ‘Jackets first play from scrimmage following the SU touchdown.

Shenandoah then took four plays to advance the ball out to its 39-yard line before time expired.

Randolph-Macon rolled up 454 yards in total offense on 63 plays as it held the ball for 35:01 of game time.

In addition to Naccarato’s 198 yards passing, he added an additional 28 rushing on five carries.

John Byrd led the victors with 72 yards rushing on 18 attempts. Byrd had two TDs and McGhee one.

Neff, who only played the final two series of the game for the Hornets, was 15 of 17 for 144 yards and the TD.

Adams had seven receptions for 46 yards and David Bell six for 74.

Micheal Wroble set a school record with 19 tackles – he had 13 solo stops for the SU defense.

Shenandoah begins a two-game home stand to finish the season with a 1 p.m. kickoff next Saturday against Emory and Henry.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The Shenandoah University completed its regular season Saturday with a pair of 3-1 losses to non-league opponents.

Shenandoah (14-16) opened the day with a 3-1 loss to Cabrini (27-4) before falling in the final match of the day by the same score to the host Elizabethtown Blue Jays (17-15).

SU now awaits the start of the ODAC Tournament on Wednesday. The Hornets are the eighth seed in the tournament and will travel to top-seeded Washington and Lee for a quarterfinal round match.

The semi-finals and finals are on Saturday at the highest remaining seed in the tournament.

After Shenandoah tied the Cabrini match at 1-1 with a 25-23 victory in the second set, the Cavaliers closed it out with wins at 11 and 18 in the third and fourth.

CC won the opening set 25-15.

Junior Rachel Gross paced SU with 14 kills while Samantha Schambach added nine and Allie Pieper six.

Schambach and Katy Griffith both had 15 digs to lead the defensive effort.

E-town won a close opening set at 22 to take the early lead before the Hornets rallied with a 26-24 victory in the second.

Unfortunately for Jaime Terenzi’s club, the Blue Jays won at 22 and 16, in the third and fourth, respectively, to seal the win.

Senior Haley Smith had a match-high 15 kills with Gross adding 10.

Jasmine Callahan paced the offense with 35 assists.

Taylor Anderson had a team-high 13 digs.

Women’s soccer
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s soccer team has advanced to its second straight ODAC Tournament semi-final with a 2-0 victory over fifth-seeded Roanoke College Saturday afternoon.

The Hornets (11-7-1) snapped a Maroons (10-6-2) eight-game unbeaten streak with the two-goal victory.

Roanoke had not been beat since SU downed the Maroons 1-0 in double overtime at the end of September.

Saturday’s ODAC Tournament quarterfinal did not need extra time as freshman Alysha McCleaf tallied off of a Kelsie Luddington assist in the 70th minute to give coach Liz Pike’s club a lead it would not relinquish.

Another freshman, Averi Rosena, finished off a Courtney Stull feed in 3:25 after McCleaf’s goal to put the contest out of reach.

Hornets keeper Erin Septer made five saves to record her fourth solo shutout of the season, and second against Roanoke this year.

Shenandoah outshot its visitors 12-11 and had a 3-2 advantage in corners.

With the win, SU travels to top-seeded Lynchburg for Tuesday’s semi-final round. This is the second consecutive year the two hornets have met in the semis.

Cross country
FARMVILLE – A pair of seniors led the Shenandoah University cross country teams Saturday at the ODAC Championships hosted by Hampden-Sydney at The Manor Golf Course.

Dorothy Earner led the women to a seventh place finish with a 25:08.50 that was good for 12th place overall.

Earner claims All-ODAC accolades with the finish.

Bridgewater, which had the top three finishers and five of the top nine, won the meet with 22 points.

Shenandoah had 187 points to finish 30 points clear of eighth place Guilford and 22 behind sixth place Virginia Wesleyan.

Nicole Legare was 42nd, Shelby Shrader 45th, Rachel Coffin 47th and Liz Paras 50th to round out the Hornets finishers.

In the men’s race, senior Ryan Taylor tied for fifth with a 26:45.10 to earn first team All-ODAC honors.

Taylor’s finish helped SU to a ninth place showing.

Bridgewater won the men’s race with 50 points.

The squads are off next week and returns to action on November 16 with the NCAA South/Southeast Regional hosted by Christopher Newport University at Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News.