SU roundup: Hornets earn men’s basketball win on Senior Day

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University men’s basketball team made its Senior Day a special one Saturday with a 56-53 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Guilford.

Senior Eli McEathron, making just his fourth start of the season, provided the game-winning bucket for SU (3-18, 2-10 ODAC) by draining a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds remaining.

The Hornets fouled on the ensuing Guilford (15-6, 8-4) possession, and after Matt McCarthy hit a pair from the line with three seconds left, McEathron iced the victory by draining two of his own one second after McCarthy went 2 for 2.

Guilford had one last gasp in itself, and McCarthy’s heave from midcourt bounced off the back rim as time expired.

McEathron’s 3-pointer, taken from 23 feet and right in front of the SU bench, capped a game in which the two teams traded the lead 10 times and were tied on nine additional occasions.

Guilford led for the majority of the contest, 25:59, while the two teams were tied for 9:17.

Until McEathron’s 3-pointer, one of four he hit on the day, Shenandoah led for only seven seconds in the second half.

This lone lead came following an Aaron Patterson 3-pointer with 17:11 to play; the Quakers answered with a 7-0 run and held this advantage until McEathron tied it with 3-pointers at 6:39 and 2:04 before putting SU on top to stay with the final field goal of the contest.

McEathron had a career-high 15 points in win with his classmate, Xavier Alston, chipping in 12 points and six rebounds.

Alston helped Shenandoah head into halftime down just four, 29-25, by scoring eight points and pulling down four rebounds.

SU completes its home schedule Wednesday night with an 8 p.m. game against Washington and Lee. This is the second half of an ODAC doubleheader with the Hornet women. They host Eastern Mennonite in a 6 p.m. game.

Track and field

NEWPORT NEWS — The Shenandoah indoor track and field teams began its final week of regular season competition Sunday by competing at the Vince Brown Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport University.

Sophomore Shelby Shrader had the top finish for the SU women with a 15th place showing in the 3,000 meters. Mackenzie Fennell was 17th and Nicole Legare 19th in that same event.

Shrader also ran the third leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay team that finished fourth with a school record 4:25.03. Senior Jaclyn Mohlmann ran the leadoff leg, Sarah Mann was second and Emily Cobb the anchor leg for the Hornets.

The ‘B’ team consisting of Legare, Fennell, Madison Hess and Brooke Hargreaves was seventh in that same race.

The Shenandoah men set new school records in the 200 and 400 meter dashes and had two additional top 10 finishes.

Sophomore Anthony Banks had one of those top 10 finishes, coming in ninth in the high jump with a leap of 1.83 meters.

The remaining top 10 was a fifth place showing in the 4 x 400 relay with Ansel Borhauer leading off, Everton Eastwood and David Johnson running the middle two legs and David Segovia the anchor leg.

Eastwood had the new school mark in the 200, posting a 23.21, while Borhauer ripped off a 52.06 in the 400. The two men finished 25th and 18th, respectively.

The women’s team continues this busy week by running Thursday at the Naval Academy before both teams compete Saturday at the Susquehanna University Invitational.

Men’s lacrosse

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah men’s lacrosse team opened its 2015 season Saturday afternoon with an 18-7 non-league victory over Southern Virginia.

After Southern Virginia (0-1) scored the opening goal of the game at 13:09, Shenandoah (1-0) reeled off a 10-1 run to complete the first half and take total control of the contest.

Connor Bishop had the first two goals of the run for the Hornets with Jack Greaney, Stephen LaTona, Tilghman Sanders, Matt Petrie and Aaron Paul all scoring at least once.

Greaney and Paul both had two goals with LaTona matching that production in addition to dishing out three assists.

LaTona dominated the second half, scoring three more goals and fishing out two assists to give him a 10-point afternoon.

The SU lead reached 14 goals following a Chris Frazier to Casey Edsall tally to start the fourth before SVU scored four of the final five goals of the game.

Ten different men registered at least one point on the day for Shenandoah.

Goalkeeper Ben Judy went the distance, making 11 saves to earn the victory.

SU outshot the Knights, 55-22.

Shenandoah continues this season opening homestand next Saturday with a 1 p.m. non-league game against Methodist.

Women’s tennis

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah women’s tennis team opened up its 2015 spring season Saturday night with a 9-0 shutout of Shippensburg University.

The Hornets (1-0) dropped just four games in sweeping the three doubles matches before winning the six singles matches in straight sets over the DII Red Raiders (1-3).

Three singles matches, at Nos. 3, 5 and 6, were won at love. Jeannella Williams, Amber Lake and Caitlin Tilton won those matches for the hosts.

Lake and Tilton were perfect on the evening as they won their No. 3 doubles match 8-0 over Emilie Luttman and Sarah Kramer.

Senior Shannon Allin, who combined with Molly Barb to win 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, had the match-clinching win with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Brittney Buckley at No. 2 singles.

Barb won her No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-3 to set Allin up to clinch.

The squad is back in action in two weeks in another indoor non-league match, this one against Hood.

Women’s basketball

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Shenandoah was held to a season low offensive output in a 65-25 ODAC women’s basketball loss at Guilford College on Saturday afternoon.

After the two teams traded the lead six times in the opening five minutes of the contest, Guilford (13-8, 7-5 ODAC) took total control of the contest by dominating the middle third of the contest.

Shenandoah (7-14, 3-9) saw the Quakers outscore SU 32-2 in the middle 18:12 of the game, turning a 7-6 deficit into a 38-9 lead.

Freshman Breya Wallace finally snapped the string with a layup in the lane with 15:35 to go; this was the Hornets first bucket in a 12:56 span.

Wallace’ classmate, Kirstyn Arcata, had the lone Shenandoah basket during the Guilford spurt. She hit a jumper at 8:31 of the first.

The Quakers kept the pressure on following Wallace’ layup, scoring 15 of the next 20 points to push the lead out to 37 points with 8:02 remaining.

That lead eventually reached 42 (with 3:53 left) before SU scored seven of the game’s final 12 points.

Wallace paced the visitors with eight points while Arcata had six.

Anais Weatherly had 11 and Brittany Drew 10 for Guilford.

Guilford had a 47-32 advantage on the glass that translated into a 22-12 bulge on points in the paint.

Shenandoah returns home on Wednesday night for a 6 p.m. game against Eastern Mennonite. This is the opening game of an ODAC doubleheader with the SU men.