SU roundup: Bridgewater tops Hornets in OT for field hockey win
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BRIDGEWATER — Second-seeded Bridgewater College ended Shenandoah University’s field hockey season with a 2-1 overtime victory Wednesday evening in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals.
Shenandoah (12-7) forced the overtime thanks to a Kelani Bailey goal off of a Presha Merritt assist with 14 seconds remaining in regulation, but could not get the game-winner.
Continuing after a penalty corner, Bailey took Merritt’s feed in front and ripped her shot past BC keeper Amanda Harper.
The Eagles (12-7), who had taken the lead on a Taylor Prillaman goal in the 47th minute, won it on a Prillaman goal 9:19 into OT.
Prillaman brought the ball down in front and lost possession to an SU defender just to the left of Hornets keeper Jenna Rampale, who was hugging the post.
The ball squirted just in front of Rampale, where the Shenandoah defender inadvertently deflected it between Rampale’s legs and in for the game-winner.
This is the third consecutive overtime win for Bridgewater over SU.
BC outshot the Hornets 17-11 while the Hornets took seven of the game’s 12 corners.
Rampale had 10 saves.
ASHLAND — Top-seeded Randolph-Macon eliminated Shenandoah from the 2014 ODAC Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 victory Wednesday evening.
Randolph-Macon (20-10) won at 22, 14 and 18 over the Hornets (16-14).
R-MC, as the No. 1 seed, now will host the league’s semifinals and championship Saturday afternoon.
Senior Rachel Gross paced SU in the match with six kills, while freshman Elizabeth Lamont and sophomore Jasmine Callahan added five each.
The Hornets did not have a player with double digit kills, but had six players with three each.
Callahan had 12 assists from her setter spot while freshman Brandi Griffith paced the defense with 16 digs.
Callahan rounded out her solid night with 11 digs.
LEXINGTON — No. 6 Shenandoah saw its women’s soccer season come to an end Wednesday afternoon with a 2-0 loss to No. 2 Washington and Lee in the ODAC Tournament semifinals.
Tricia Jessee scored both goals of the game W&L (15-1-1) to push the Generals past SU (8-10-2).
The win puts Washington and Lee into Saturday’s championship contest against Lynchburg.
On the first goal, Jessee took a through pass from Holley Beasley and threaded her right-footed shot past Hornets goalkeeper Erin Septer in the 50th minute.
With 62 seconds remaining, Jessee found herself at the top of the box following a failed Shenandoah clearance and ripped a 20-yard shot just under the crossbar to seal the victory.
Septer, who had five saves, kept her side in the contest with a number of saves.
In the opening moments, she pushed a point blank shot above the bar and had diving saves in both stanzas.
W&L outshot SU 17-13 and took all eight of the game’s corners.
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