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SU roundup: Sherando grad Combs among Hornets' track signees


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WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University head men's and women's track and field coach Andy Marrocco announced the recruiting classes for his indoor and outdoor programs Tuesday morning.

Marrocco and assistant coach Justin Potter brought in a total of 22 student-athletes into the four programs (men's and women's indoor, men's and women's outdoor) for the 2014-15 season.

The programs have nearly doubled in size from 2013-14.

Twelve of the 22 total are Virginia natives, including five of the nine women.

Three of these: Erin Chilcott, Alaina Combs and Taylor White, are local products. Chilcott graduated from James Wood High School, Combs from Sherando and White from Handley.

Three of the remaining four women hail from Maryland with the final student-athlete coming to SU from New Jersey.

In addition to the seven Virginia natives, five additional states are represented on the men's side. New Jersey, with two student-athletes, leads the way, while Delaware, Maryland, Texas and West Virginia have one athlete each.

"This is the first class of recruits that I had full-time help in bringing in," Marrocco, who is starting ninth year at SU, stated in a news release. "This is a perfect way to start our second decade of existence.

"Combined with our cross country recruits, I believe these student-athletes have the potential to lead us to multiple ODAC championships."

The indoor season begins on Dec. 6 and runs through March 1. The outdoor schedule is slated to begin March 7.

Women's lacrosse

GRAND LAKE, Colo. - Three Shenandoah women's lacrosse student-athletes have been honored by the IWLCA for academic achievement in selections announced Tuesday by the organization.

Samantha Sisson, as well as rising seniors Liz Bereit and Emily Kogler were all named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll for their performances in the classroom for the 2013-14 academic year.

The three women are among 738 women's lacrosse players nationwide to receive the honor and are three of 363 that were recognized in Division III.

The IWLCA honors all juniors and seniors that have achieved at least a 3.50 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Sisson, who is now a graduate student in athletic training at Shenandoah, graduated with a 3.80 cumulative GPA after posting a perfect 4.0 this past spring.

Sisson is a four-time first team all-league selection and finished her four years at SU as the program's all-time leading scorer.

Bereit is a three-time All-league honoree who matched Sisson's 4.0 in the spring 2014 semester and boasts a 3.88 cumulative GPA as a Sports Management major.

Bereit is currently fourth all-time in scoring at Shenandoah with 115 goals and 57 assists for 172 points. She is just seven points away from the No. 3 spot on the all-time list.

Kogler, a criminal justice major with a 3.59 GPA, was a member of the ODAC All-Sportsmanship team this past spring. She started all 18 games as a defender and was tied for fifth (with Sisson) in groundballs with 26.

Football

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp announced Tuesday that the department will hold its annual Football Kick-off reception on Aug. 25 at Piccadilly's Public House.

Open to all SUAA members, season ticket holders, 2014 Cash Party sponsors/attendees and interested fans, the reception begins at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor banquet room at Piccadilly's.

Following a social hour, head football coach Scott Yoder will speak about the upcoming season and do a brief question-and-answer session.

The head coaches of the Hornets additional fall sports: Andy Marrocco, Liz Pike, Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft, Corbin Sutton and Jaime Terenzi, will also be on hand to meet the crowd.

Interested guests should contact Donna Cates at dcates@su.edu or 540-665.4566 to confirm their attendance at the event.



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