SU roundup: Hornets win OT thriller in women’s lacrosse

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team secured itself an opening round bye at the upcoming ODAC Tournament with a 16-14 overtime win at Guilford Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (11-6, 8-2 ODAC) rebounded from a 7-1 deficit to the Quakers (10-6, 8-2) to earn the OT win.

Freshman Erin Higgins scored what proved to the game-winner at the 1:09 mark of the first three-minute overtime session and then sophomore Miranda Rudacille added an insurance goal with 1:50 to play to give SU the victory.

The win secured the No. 2 seed in next week’s tournament and coach Lindsey Lutz’ club will now await the winner of the No. 3 vs No. 6 game (most likely Guilford vs Lynchburg) in the tournament semi-finals next Saturday.

Shenandoah will host that game on the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf.

Trailing 7-1 after E’leyna Garcia scored for the Quakers at the 15:16 mark, the Hornets reeled off five of the final six goals of the opening stanza to cut the deficit to just two, 8-6, at the break.

After Rudacille scored to make it 8-7 just 3:01 into the second half, the hosts seemingly took control with a 5-0 run that gave Guilford a 13-7 advantage by the 16:09 mark.

Lutz’ club then kicked it into another gear, ripping off seven consecutive goals to lead 14-13 with 1:40 remaining.

GC tied it just 16 seconds before the end of regulation, setting up the two teams to play the six-minute overtime session.

Freshman Brittany Arndt led the victors with four goals with Rudacille and Samantha Donaghy three each.

Samantha Sisson had two goals and two assists for four points with Liz Bereit adding a goal and two assists.

Guilford outshot SU 35-32 with Hornets goalie Ashley Cross making 10 saves.

Shenandoah had a 23-18 advantage in groundballs with the Quakers winning 22 of the game’s 34 draws.

Men’s lacrosse

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Host Guilford College sandwiched a four-goal run around the end of the third quarter Saturday on its way to an 11-7 ODAC men’s lacrosse victory over Shenandoah.

Shenandoah (6-10, 2-6 ODAC) had tied the game at 6-6 following an unassisted Drew Brooks goal with 8:09 remaining in the third.

GC answered with four straight, scoring at 5:10, 3:58 and 3:24 of the third and 14:46 of the fourth to pull away from the Hornets.

The run was the second of the game for the Quakers – with the game tied at 3-3, the hosts closed out the first half with a three-goal spurt.

SU responded with the initial three goals of the second half, capped by that Brooks goal that tied the game at 6-6.

Brooks set up classmate Stephen LaTona at 11:04 of the fourth to make the score 10-7, but this would be as close as the Hornets would get the rest of the way.

Shenandoah held a 41-34 advantage in shots, 33-24 in groundballs and won 11 of 21 faceoffs, but Guilford goalie Thomas Deane made 20 saves to keep his side on top.

Hornets goalie Ben Judy had 12 saves.

Shenandoah completes its season on Wednesday at Washington and Lee.

Track and field

SALEM – Shenandoah University completed the 2014 ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday with a pair of sixth place performances.

The SU men had 36 points to finish sixth while the Hornet women had 41.33 points to match the men’s finish.

Roanoke won the women’s championship and Lynchburg the men’s. Bridgewater was second in both events.

Junior Jaclyn Mohlmann led the way for the women with her second-ever ODAC title. Mohlmann won the 100-meter hurdles by .1 over Virginia Wesleyan’s Courtney Mebane with a 15.26.

She completed her day by finishing third in the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:08.67.

Freshmen Danyelle McGrady and Alana Meadows went 2-3 in the javelin with a 36.02 and a 31.13, respectively.

Mohlmann also led off the 4 x 100 meter relay team and helped the squad finish sixth with a 53.54. Mohlmann was joined by Meadows, Emily Cobb and Alicia Feliciano in that relay.

On the men’s side, Kirk Lewis was second and Evan Griffin fifth in the javelin at 52.83 and 50.81, respectively.

Griffin also finished third in both the discus and shot put with a tosses of 42.48 and 13.95 meters, respectively.

The 4 x 100 meter relay team of Anthony Banks, Everton Eastwood, Henry Howell and Bobby Lewis was third with a 44.03.

The teams continue their season this week with its participation in the Penn Relays.

Women’s tennis

ASHLAND – The Shenandoah University women’s tennis team saw its season come to an end Saturday with a 5-0 loss to No. 3 Randolph-Macon in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals.

Randolph-Macon (15-5) opened with three wins in doubles before clinching the match against sixth-seeded SU (11-6) by taking the first two singles matches.

Macon clinched the win with identical 6-0, 6-1 victories at Nos. 2 and 4 singles.

In doubles, the Yellow Jackets won 8-2 at both No. 1 and No. 2 and 8-4 at No. 3.

The loss concludes the second-best season in program history for Shenandoah.