SU roundup: Hornets win football opener

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Shenandoah University opened up its 2014 football season with a 20-0 shutout victory over Gallaudet University on Sunday afternoon.

The game was postponed from Saturday due to weather.

It is the first shutout of the Scott Yoder era for the Hornets (1-0) and represents the third victory over Gallaudet (0-1) in four lifetime meetings.

Playing on the field in which the program registered its first-ever win, on September 16, 2000, Shenandoah pitched its first shutout since blanking Catholic 12-0 on September 3, 2005.

The shutout is the third in program history as SU held fellow start up program Averett off the board in 2000.

The Hornet defense, which held GU to just 114 yards in total offense, received all of the offense it would need following the initial SU drive of the contest.

Taking the ball following a Bison punt, Shenandoah drove 48 yards in nine plays before stalling at the Gallaudet 15.

Freshman kicker Jacob Newton, playing in his first collegiate contest, calmly drilled a 32-yard field goal at that point and the Hornets had all of the points they would need for the victory.

Newton made it 6-0 at the 13:13 mark of the second with a 21-yarder from the right hash. Shenandoah had looked to be in prime position to score a touchdown, taking over on the Bison 5 following a botched punt snap, but a fumbled snap on third down forced the field goal try.

Leading by that 6-0 score at the break, SU clinched the game with a dominating third quarter.

Kye Hopkins scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, the first at 10:45 and the second at 4:20, to extend the victors lead to 20-0.

Now with plenty of breathing room, the defense became focused on pitching the shutout. Yoder’s unit held Gallaudet to just 10 total yards in the third quarter and was able to register a pair of sacks.

The Hornets coasted home in the fourth, eventually running out the clock deep in Bison territory after forcing Gallaudet to turn the ball over on downs on its final two possessions.

Quarterback Drew Ferguson led the offense with 55 yards rushing and another 76 on the ground with Cedrick Delaney chipping in 47 yards rushing and 20 receiving.

Jake Shaffer had a team-high nine stops with Michael Messick adding eight.

Ian Griffin, Javonte Rose and Taylor Slaughenhoupt had sacks.

Shenandoah opens its home slate on Saturday night at 7 p.m. with a non-league contest against Frostburg State.

Women’s soccer
FREDERICKSBURG – The Shenandoah University women’s soccer team completed its play at the Mary Washington Classic Sunday afternoon with a 0-0 tie versus the Coast Guard Academy.

Both SU (0-3-1) and CCA (2-1-1) had seven shots on goal in the 110 minutes of game action.

Hornets keeper Erin Septer turned away all seven of those shots, including four on point blank shots.

The shutout is the first of the season for Septer.

A complete recap will be posted following receipt of the game box score later Sunday.

Shenandoah is back in action on Wednesday in a non-league contest at Dickinson. Game time is 7 p.m.

Field hockey
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Shenandoah University field hockey team earned its second straight victory Saturday afternoon with 2-0 non-conference win at Washington & Jefferson.

The Hornets (2-1) scored a pair of early goals to key the victory over the Presidents (3-1).

Junior Sarah Brock scored the opening goal of the contest for the victors, finishing off a feed from senior Ashley Cross, before freshman Morgan Lingo knocked home a rebound in the 11th minute.

Brock’s game-winner, which ended a play that started with her penalty corner insertion, came just 4:08 into the contest.

The Hornet defense was again outstanding, holding W&J without a shot on goal and to just five shots overall.

SU goalkeeper Jenna Rampale has now recorded two straight shutouts without having to make a save.

The Hornets outshot their hosts 12-5 and owned an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners.

Shenandoah returns home on Tuesday at 4 in a non-conference contest against McDaniel.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Shenandoah University volleyball team completed its play Saturday at the Buttermaker Tournament hosted by Muhlenberg College by dropping a pair of matches in the championship bracket.

Shenandoah (6-2) opened the day with a 3-1 loss to Allegheny before falling 3-0 to host Muhlenberg.

The Allegheny match was a close one as SU dropped 26-24 and 25-19 decisions in the opening two sets before winning at 23 in the third.

The Gators then closed it out with a victory at 12 in the fourth.

Muhlenberg, which went undefeated for the tournament, won at 16, 22 and 12 over SU in the final match of the tournament.

Elizabeth Lamont and Rachel Gross paced the Hornets against MC with five kills each while Allie Pieper added four in earning an All-Tournament nod.

Brandi Griffith paced the defense with 11 digs.

A complete recap of the Allegheny match will be added to this release later Saturday.

Shenandoah is back in action on Tuesday at PSU-Altoona in a 7 p.m. non-league match.

Women’s tennis

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s tennis team opened its 2014 fall season up Saturday with a number of notable performances at its own invitational.

Coach Larry Hubbard’s club hosted ODAC rival Bridgewater, as well as Elizabethtown and

Division II West Virginia Wesleyan in a flighted tournament that featured eight levels of doubles play and four of singles.

Junior Amy Rapp led SU on day one of the two-day event by downing Bridgewater’s Leanne Smithers 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4.

The players were scheduled to play two singles matches and one doubles match Saturday.

Play was temporarily halted during the final singles match of the day due to a passing rain shower.

Complete day one results will be posted Saturday evening.

The tournament concludes Sunday with two doubles matches and one singles match scheduled for each player.

Men’s soccer

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College snapped Shenandoah University’s two-match men’s soccer winning streak with a 3-1 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon.

WC (2-1) converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute take the lead for good over the Hornets (2-2) before getting an insurance goal with nine minutes to play.

In the 33rd minute, junior Eduardo Santiago had brought the game back to level for SU when he finished off a double assist from Caleb Baxter and Brian Maye.

Shenandoah needed that equalizer as the Shoremen struck first in the 18th minute on a Brian Wilkinson tally.

Hornets goalkeeper Matthew Poell had five saves as WC peppered him with 27 shots.

The hosts also won nine of 11 corners in the contest.

The SU men open ODAC play on Wednesday evening with a 7 p.m. contest at Roanoke.