SU roundup: SU picks up women’s field hockey win

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WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University field hockey team earned its second straight victory Wednesday evening with a 3-2 non-league win over York (Pa.).

The Hornets (4-4) broke a halftime tie with two second half goals to send York (7-2) down to defeat for the just the second time this season.

The win also gains a measure of revenge for SU as the Spartans took one-goal victories over Shenandoah in both 2012 and 2013.

Senior Ashley Cross put coach Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft’s squad ahead to stay Wednesday night, converting a feed from Presha Merritt in the 39th minute.

Cross’ goal, her seventh of the season, broke a 1-1 tie caused when Dempsey Murphy’s goal for the visitors in the 26th minute.

Junior Kelani Bailey had scored the initial goal of the game, tallying off a Merritt assist exactly seven minutes prior to Murphy’s equalizer.

Bailey then had an unassisted goal in the 55th minute that became the game-winner when the Spartans scored unassisted with 8:05 remaining.

The Hornets outshot York 13-6 and had a 9-5 advantage in penalty corners.

SU keeper Jenna Rampale only had to make one save to earn the win.

Shenandoah opens Old Dominion Athletic Conference play on Saturday at Virginia Wesleyan. Game time is 1 p.m.


WINCHESTER — Visiting Marymount University outlasted Shenandoah 3-0 in non-league volleyball action Wednesday evening.

The Saints (15-2) won 28-26, 25-19, 25-21 over the Hornets (10-5) in a match that never saw either team take greater than a six-point lead over the other.

Shenandoah held leads in all three sets, leading as late as 21-20 in the first, 10-9 in the second and 17-16 in the third before falling to Marymount.

Marymount used a strong hitting performance, .247 on the night including .304 and .308 performances in the final two sets, to key the victory.

SU hit .133 for the evening with a high of .231 in the second.

Junior Allie Pieper had a match-high 11 kills for the hosts, with Brandi Griffith adding 19 digs and Rachel Cerretani 24 assists.

Hannah Steger had 10 kills for the Saints.

Shenandoah takes to the road this Saturday for an 11 a.m. ODAC contest at Roanoke.

Women’s soccer

ASHLAND — The Shenandoah women’s soccer team kept its ODAC record perfect on the season with a 2-0 victory at Randolph-Macon on Wednesday afternoon.

The Hornets (3-5-1, 3-0 ODAC) sandwiched a pair of goals around the halftime break to down R-MC (4-2-1, 1-1).

Junior Danielle Burris scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 42nd minute off of a Kati Richardson assist before Richardson tallied just 25 seconds into the second half.

That goal, Richardson’s second of the season, came off of an Elizabeth Bellido assist.

SU goalkeepers Erin Septer and Nicole Pratt had to made just one save each to combine for the shutout.

Septer played the initial 78:38 of the contest before turning it over to Pratt for the final 11:22.

Shenandoah outshot the ‘Jackets 15-8 for the game and took six of the nine corners awarded.

Now through three conference contests, the Hornets have outscored opponents 16-1.

SU continues this road trip with a Saturday game at Virginia Wesleyan. Game time is 1 p.m.