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SU roundup: Hornets honor seniors


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WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics honored 58 seniors Tuesday night as part of its annual Senior Dinner.

Six seniors, three men and three women, headlined the night by earning departmental awards.

For the women, Ashley Cross was named as the Athlete, Samantha Sisson as Scholar-Athlete and Brittany Butcher earned the Athletic Director's Award.

Byron Mitchell, Cody Vorous and Dan Powers earned the corresponding awards for the men.

Cross, a field hockey/lacrosse player, has earned All-league honors three times in lacrosse (with the 2014 honors still to be announced) and was the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year in field hockey this past fall.

She led the ODAC in goals last fall and became the first SU field hockey player to be named All-Region as she helped the team to a runner-up finish in the regular season race.

In lacrosse, Cross backstopped the Hornets to conference title game appearances in both 2012 and 2013, earned All-Region honors in 2012 and graduates as the program's all-time leader in both saves and victories.

Mitchell, a defensive back/linebacker for the football team, earned All-league honors three times in his career including first team nods by the USA South in 2011 and the ODAC in 2013.

He completed his career as the all-time tackles leader with 276.

Sisson, Cross' teammate in lacrosse, has a 3.77 GPA as a pre-Athletic Training major and completed her career this past weekend as her program's all-time leading scorer.

Sisson is a three-time first team All-league selection, the 2011 USA South Conference Rookie of the Year, a 2012 All-Region selection and has earned league All-Tournament honors three times.

Academically, she has been named Academic All-State twice, to the league's All-Academic team three times and is a nominee for Academic All-America.

Vorous is a co-captain of the nationally ranked baseball team and one of its primary relievers.

A business major with a 3.67 GPA, Vorous has appeared in 12 games this season with one save and 14 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings pitched.

He has earned Academic All-league honors three times in his career.

The final award, the Athletic Director's Award, is the highest honor the department award bestows on its student-athletes. In addition to athletic and academic honors, the commitment to community service is also factored into selection.

Butcher has a 3.25 GPA as a pre-AT major and was a vital cog for the women's soccer team throughout her career.

She helped the Hornets to a 2011 USA South Conference title and the program's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament and to two ODAC Tournament appearances in the team's first two years in the league.

Off the field, she has served as the SAAC President for the past two years, as both a Resident Advisor and Head Resident and has led numerous community service projects including Habitat for Humanity home builds and Hungry Hearts.

Powers, the starting first baseman on the baseball team, has a 3.48 GPA as a Business Management major.

Powers earned both All-ODAC and ODAC All-Tournament honors this season after being named All-Region by the ABCA last season.

The three-year starter has headed up the baseball program's extensive community service efforts including Concern Hotline and mentorship/reading in elementary schools.

In addition to these six major awards, all student-athletes competing for two seasons, including their senior year, were given a senior award. The award this year was a plate embossed with the department's "SU" logo.

Baseball

The Shenandoah baseball team made two moves in a pair of ranking polls released Tuesday by different organizations.

The Hornets, 31-9 on the year after reaching the ODAC Tournament championship game this weekend, rise to No. 17 in the ABCA poll while falling two spots to No. 16 in the NCBWA/D3baseball.com poll.

Shenandoah won three of five games last week, dropping a pair of games on Sunday to Bridgewater in the ODAC championship round.

SU opened the tourney with wins over Hampden-Sydney, Washington and Lee and Bridgewater before seeing BC earn the ODAC title with 5-2 and 6-5 victories Sunday.

Coach Kevin Anderson's team has 199 points in the ABCA poll to find itself between St. Thomas (Minn.) and Case Western Reserve (Ohio).

In the D3baseball.com poll, the Hornets' 293 points are just two back of No. 15 UW-Stevens Point.

Shenandoah has completed its 2014 schedule and now awaits a possible Pool C selection into the NCAA Tournament.

Golf

CONOVER, N.C. - The Shenandoah men's golf team completed its season Tuesday afternoon with a fourth-place finish at the 2014 ODAC Championships.

Playing its final round at the par-72, 6,944-yard Jones course at Rock Barn Golf & Spa, the Hornets carded a 329 to finish three strokes behind 20th ranked Hampden-Sydney.

Guilford, the seventh-rated team in Division III according to GolfStat, shot a collective 289 Tuesday to win the tourney by 19 strokes over No. 38 Washington and Lee.

The Quakers and Generals had entered Tuesday's final round tied at 615. Both teams opened on Sunday with a 312 and then shot 303 in Monday's second round.

SU finished nine shots clear of fifth-place Bridgewater.

The finish is the best-ever in the history of the men's golf program.

Sophomore Doc Schulte, who was named All-ODAC earlier in the day Tuesday, tied for ninth overall in the tournament along with freshman Brennan Lloyd.

Schulte and Lloyd both shot five-over-par 77 in Tuesday's final round and had 232 totals.

Evan Cocke shot 86 and Seth Crean 89 to round out the Hornets qualifying scores Tuesday.

The 2014 fall season will begin in early September.

Schulte earns all-ODAC honors

FOREST -- Shenandoah sophomore Doc Schulte has been named third team All-ODAC for men's golf in selections announced Tuesday as part of the men's golf championship.

Schulte played in 15 rounds prior to the conference tournament and was second on the squad with a 78.60 stroke average.

Schulte had two top 20 finishes this season, at the Chick-Fil-A Intercollegiate and the Virginia State Division III Championships, and his five-under-par 67 in the opening round of the Chick-Fil-A Intercollegiate was the squad's low round of the season.



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