SU roundup: Hornets sweep Guilford in baseball

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WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University baseball team kept its ODAC record perfect on the season by sweeping a doubleheader from Guilford College today.

The Hornets (7-1, 4-0 ODAC) were 8-2 winners in the opener before taking the nightcap 4-2 over GC (8-9, 2-2).

Senior Vince Claudio (3-0) was again dominant in game one, striking out eight over 7.0 innings of work to pick up the victory.

Claudio walked one and scattered six hits to pick up his third victory in as many starts.

Sophomore Michael Scimanico worked a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn the save. Scimanico had one strikeout and walked one.

The offense backed up Claudio and Scimanico with one run in both the first and third, two in the fifth and one more in the seventh.

Holding a 5-2 lead, the Hornets put the game on ice with a three-run eighth.

Sophomores Billy Arens and Lew Johnson led the 13-hit attack with four and three hits, respectively.

Arens drove in three runs and John Wilt had a two-run triple in the eighth.

Sophomore Darrell Thompson (3-0) allowed two runs on nine hits in 8.0 innings of the nightcap to help complete the sweep.

Sophomore Cameron Lundmark struck out two of three batters he faced in the ninth to shut the door on the Quakers.

SU scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning of game two off of Guilford starter Drew Crawford (1-2) and added another in the third to take the commanding lead.

The Quakers scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, but never got any closer as Thompson nine of the final 10 batters he faced (allowing one to reach on an error) before turning it over to Lundmark.

Michael Paul drove in the hosts initial game two run with a single through the right side and Andrew Creamer had a single to left center to plate both Corbin Lucas and Paul.

Lucas scored his team’s final run, an unearned run, after reaching on a one-out double in the third and coming home when Arens reached on an infield error.

Shenandoah begins a three-game road trip tomorrow with a 3:00 non-league game at nationally ranked Salisbury.

Women’s lacrosse
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team earned its third straight victory of the week with a 14-6 non-league win over Marymount Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (3-3) scored seven goals in each half to easily dispatch the Saints (2-2).

Senior Samantha Donaghy scored the initial goal of the contest with a free position goal at 27:20, and after Chelsea Ritter scored unassisted for MU 51 seconds later, the Hornets took the lead for good on an Erin Higgins tally at 23:29.

Higgins, a freshman from Garden City, N.Y., was playing against her twin sister, Meghan, in the contest.

Higgins had three goals for the hosts in the first half as SU took a 7-3 lead into the break.

Marymount, which outshot Shenandoah 27-24, was continually turned away by Hornets goalie Ashley Cross. Cross had 11 saves in the game, including six in the second half.

Cross’ penultimate save, on a Megan McGuirk shot with one minute remaining, was the 449th of her career and vaulted her past Wendy Taylor ’07 for the all-time lead at SU.

Senior Samantha Sisson had a team-high five points for Shenandoah with four goals and one assist.

She had a back-breaking goal at the end of the first half, hitting the back of the net as the horn sounded, to give the hosts the four-goal advantage.

Marymount could not cut the deficit under five for the entire second half.

In addition to Sisson’s four goals, Higgins added four, Miranda Rudacille two and Liz Bereit one with three assists.

MU held a 22-17 advantage in groundballs while the Hornets won 13 of 21 draw controls.

The Hornets are off until opening ODAC play next Sunday with a 2:00 contest against Sweet Briar.

Women’s tennis
LEXINGTON – Host Washington and Lee dropped just two games on its way to a 9-0 ODAC women’s tennis victory over Shenandoah Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Amber Lake won the only two games for the Hornets (1-1, 0-1 ODAC), winning both in her No. 5 singles match.

The Generals (7-1, 7-0) won the other eight matches at love.

Shenandoah is back in action on Wednesday against Virginia Wesleyan in another ODAC contest.


Track and field

SALISBURY, Md. – The Shenandoah University men’s and women’s track & field teams had a successful start to their outdoor seasons Saturday at the Lloyd Sigler Open hosted by Salisbury University.

Both the Shenandoah men and women finished second to the host Sea Gulls in the meet.

The SU men had 147 points to finish second of six teams while the women psoted 92 points in their six-team competition.

The Hornet women had 13 top-five finishes, including a win by senior Dorothy Earner in the 1500 meters.

Earner led a 1-2 finish with sophomore Nicole Legare in the event with a 5:18.13. Legare had a 5:24.79 while freshman Shelby Shrader was fourth at 5:34.00.

Earner was also second in the 5000 meters with a 20:13.36.

The 4 x 400 relay team of Emily Cobb, Megan Battaglia, Shrader and Earner was third with a 4:52.46.

In the throws, freshman Danyelle McGrady was fourth in the shot put, hammer and javelin and seventh in the discus.

Alicia Feliciano had the best place in the throws with a third in the hammer.

On the men’s side, the Hornets had 16 top-five finishes with Evan Griffin winning the shot and hammer throws, Kirk Lewis the javelin, Zachary Dawson the long jump and the Henry Howell, Everton Eastwood, David Johnson and Bobby Lewis the 4 x 100 meter relay.

Eastwood was also second in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

SU was 1-2 in the 4 x 100 with Kirk Lewis, Charles Basil, Donald Shubrooks and Dawson coming in just behind Howell, Eastwood, Johnson and Bobby Lewis.

Dawson led a 1-2-3 finish in the long jump with a leap of 5.98 meters.

In addition to Griffin’s wins in the shot and hammer, he was second in the discus and third in the javelin.

Kirk Lewis won the javelin at 49.66 meters with Griffin at 42.38.

Griffin posted tosses of 13.20 and 45.79 meters in the shot and hammer, respectively.

Both teams are now off until March 22 at the Jack Toms Open hosted by Lynchburg. Junior Jaclyn Mohlmann, who did not compete Saturday, will be up again this coming Friday at the NCAA Indoor Championships hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan at the Deveney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska.

Men’s lacrosse

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – The Shenandoah University men’s lacrosse team earned its fourth victory of the season Saturday afternoon with a 10-5 non-league win at SUNY-Maritime.

The Hornets (4-3) overcame a tough day at the faceoff ‘x’ to earn the five-goal victory over the Privateers (1-3).

Maritime won all 16 faceoffs on the day, and had a 36-30 advantage in groundballs, but SU made the most of its opportunities.

Coach Tim Marshall’s club held its hosts off the board from the :24 second mark of the first until 8:27 remained in the third to help turn a 2-1 advantage into a 6-2 lead.

Following that Privateer goal at the 8:27 mark of the third, Shenandoah scored three of the game’s next four goals to put the contest out of reach.

Freshman Frank Tejera set up classmate Stephen LaTona with the first two tallies in this run before Tilghman Sanders finished it with an unassisted goal 6:54 before the final gun.

Tejera and LaTona were the story offensively on the day, combining for seven goals and four assists.

LaTona had five goals and one assist to lead all players.

Goalkeeper Ben Judy made 15 saves, including nine in the second half, to help preserve the win.

The Hornets are back in next Saturday in their ODAC opener against Virginia Wesleyan. Game time is 1 p.m.