SU roundup: Hornets move up in ODAC women’s lacrosse standings

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WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team claimed sole possession of third place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a 9-7 victory over Randolph-Macon on Wednesday afternoon.

Shenandoah (8-6, 5-2 ODAC) scored five of the game’s final six goals in taking the victory over R-MC (7-6, 4-3).

Leading 4-2 with 7:23 remaining in the first half following a Liz Bereit to Miranda Rudacille tally, SU saw its visitors sandwich a four-goal run around the halftime break to take a 6-4 lead 5:02 into the second.

Bereit, who finished with two goals and three assists, finally snapped the string by finishing off a Samantha Sisson feed at 19:01.

Sisson, the game’s leading scorer with four goals and two assists for six points, then reeled off a natural hat trick to put the Hornets on top to stay.

She capped her scoring run by finding freshman Becky Bove with the victors final goal of the game at the 9:06 mark.

R-MC answered 59 seconds later, but would get no closer the rest of the way.

The two teams traded the first four goals of the game before Shenandoah took its first two goal lead with tallied at 10:53 and 7:23 of the first. Bereit was involved in both of these goals, scoring the first unassisted and then finding Rudacille for the second.

SU outshot the Yellow Jackets 22-20 and had a 16-14 advantage in ground balls.

Macon, which won the initial four draws of the second to help pull itself back into the game, finished with a 12-7 advantage in that category.

Hornets goalkeeper Ashley Cross made eight saves.

Shenandoah continues this homestand on Sunday with a 2 p.m., contest against Virginia Wesleyan.


ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Host Elizabethtown College used a six-run seventh to key a 10-2 non-league baseball victory over No. 15/21 Shenandoah on Wednesday afternoon.

The Blue Jays (11-10) broke open a 2-1 game with the six-run outburst and pulled away from Shenandoah (23-6).

E-town sent 11 men to the plate in the frame and scored the six runs on four hits, a walk and three hit batters.

Until this point, SU starter Phillip Morse (3-2) was cruising, having only allowed a pair of unearned runs and having retired 11 of 12 batters from the end of the first until the middle of the fifth.

The Blue Jays opened that seventh by seeing the first two hitters reach after getting hit by pitches before Morse gave up a single and a walk to end his day.

Junior Matt Riegler came on and struck out the first batter, putting the Hornets just one out from getting out of the frame, only to see Elizabethtown have its next five batters reach safely and put the game out of reach.

Junior Michael Paul, who finished 2 for 4, had a solo HR in the eighth to account for Shenandoah’s final run.

The home run is the eighth of the season for Paul.

Billy Arens matched Paul with two hits, while Andrew Creamer had an RBI double in the fourth.

SU returns to ODAC play on Saturday with a doubleheader at Lynchburg.


HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah softball team continued its quest for an ODAC Tournament berth Wednesday by splitting a doubleheader with host Eastern Mennonite.

Shenandoah (8-15, 6-6 ODAC) rebounded from a 3-0 loss to the Royals (11-13-1, 5-6-1) in the opener to take the nightcap 8-3 in eight innings.

SU scored two runs in the first inning of game two and a single run in the fourth only to see EMU tie the contest with two runs of its own in the second and a single run in the sixth.

After the two teams were held off the board in the seventh, coach Marlena Kotynski’s club scored five runs on four hits in the eighth to claim the victory.

Freshman Ashlyn Drake had a two-run single to center to start the scoring before sophomore Kimberly Brady singled to right to bring in another two runs two batters after Drake’s hit.

The final run, scored by Brady, came home on a Heather Sink double down the left field line.

Sophomore Megan Tripp (4-7) came on in relief of Lisa Mitro in the sixth to earn the victory.

Tripp gave up two hits and walked one while striking out one in her three innings of work.

Sink, Brady and Erica Kondzielawa led a 13-hit attack with four, three and three hits, respectively.

Brady and Kondzielawa both scored two runs.

The Hornets were held to just five hits, including two by Tripp, in game one.

Tripp took the loss after allowing the three runs on nine hits and one walk.

Shenandoah hosts Messiah on Thursday in a non-league doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.