SU roundup: Hornets fall in women’s lacrosse opener

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FREDERICKSBURG — The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team opened up its 2014 season Tuesday afternoon with a 16-9 non-conference loss to Mary Washington.

The Eagles (1-0) avenged a 10-9 loss to the Hornets (0-1) in the 2013 season opener by opening Tuesday’s game with nine goals in the initial 5:58 of the game.

Shenandoah struggled at the draw, losing nine of the first 10 to allow Mary Washington to build that 9-0 advantage.

The Hornets continued to battle, however, getting on the board with a Samantha Donaghy tally at 19:09 and eventually scoring four of the game’s next six goals.

Senior Samantha Sisson had two goals during this run with Liz Bereit adding the remaining tally.

Donaghy, who finished the day with three goals, closed out the first half scoring with an unassisted goal at the 51 second mark.

Mary Washington, on the strength of a 24-8 shots advantage, took a 13-6 lead into the break.

The two teams traded the initial four goals of the second, with Sisson scoring both times for SU, before Bereit tallied unassisted at 18:16 to cut the deficit to 15-9.

Sisson had the hat trick with Bereit adding two goals.

Goalkeeper Ashley Cross, who faced 37 shots, had 10 saves on the day.

The Eagles had a 25-13 advantage in groundballs, 18-8 in draw controls and broke eight of the Hornets’ 20 clearing attempts.

Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday at Lebanon Valley.

Men’s lacrosse

BUENA VISTA – The Shenandoah men’s lacrosse team got the Tim Marshall era started off on the right note with a 23-1 non-league win over Southern Virginia Tuesday night.

Marshall, who took over as fourth head coach in program history in August, saw his Hornets (1-0) jump all over Southern Virginia (0-2) in the opening night triumph.

Shenandoah scored the initial 21 goals of the game, including seven in the first quarter and another eight in the second, to cruise to the victory.

The 23 goals is the fourth best total in program history and is the most since SU pumped in 24 goals in a CSAC win over Neumann on April 23, 2008.

The Hornets were very well balanced in the win, seeing 10 different men score at least one goal and another two, Mason Ryzoff and Kyle Savage, dish out at least one assist.

Stephen LaTona, who scored the opening goal of the contest just 75 seconds in, led all players with five goals and one assist for six points.

Drew Brooks added four goals and Aaron Paul three goals and one assist to back up LaTona in the scoring department.

Five other players had multiple points, led by Casey Edsell and his one goal and four assists for five points.

Shenandoah outshot its hosts 48-8, scooped up 23 of the game’s 38 groundballs and won 15 of 24 faceoffs.

SU also had four extra-man goals.

Freshman Ben Judy had six saves to post the win in his first collegiate contest.

Shenandoah opens up its home slate on Saturday with a 4 p.m. contest against Alvernia.