SU roundup: Hornets fall to Eagles in women’s basketball tourney

BRIDGEWATER – The Shenandoah University women’s basketball team saw its 2014-15 season come to an end Tuesday evening with a 72-53 loss to Bridgewater in the first round of the ODAC Tournament.

Eighth-seeded Bridgewater (13-12) took a 38-31 lead into the halftime break before pulling away from Shenandoah (7-19) midway through the second.

The Hornets, on the strength of three straight points from senior Holly Chittenden, cut the BC lead to five points, 51-46, with 12:36 remaining.

The Eagles then responded by scoring the game’s next nine points over a span of 5:36 to take a 60-46 lead and essentially seal the victory.

Bridgewater did not allow its lead to shrink into single digits the rest of the way and secured its advancement to the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals by holding SU without a field goal for the final 4:57.

Shenandoah’s final three points of the year came on Breya Wallace and Erin French free throws in the final minute of the game.

Chittenden and Kirstyn Arcata both had 15 points for coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft with French pulling down 11 rebounds.

BC had five players in double figures, led by Jessi Strom’s 17 points.

Women’s lacrosse
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team earned its second straight victory with a 9-7 non-league win over Frostburg State Tuesday afternoon.

Shenandoah (2-1) rallied from a three-goal deficit and held FSU (0-1) to just one goal in the second half to secure the victory.

After Frostburg used a 3-0 from the 19:43 to 15:21 marks of the first to take a 4-1 lead, SU reeled off four straight to take its first lead, 5-4, with 3:13 remaining in the first.

Freshmen Annie McCorry and Cortney Gensemer sandwiched a pair of Liz Bereit tallies to give the Hornets that one goal advantage.

The Bobcats answered back with a two-goal run to finish the half and take a 6-5 lead into the break.

The two teams played a scoreless initial 17:18 of the second before Bereit completed a hat trick by converting a free position goal with 12:42 remaining.

Shenandoah would never trail again.

Barely two minutes later, Bereit put her club on top by converting a Sabrina Rasoulov feed before FSU tied matters once again on Charlotte Hines free position with 9:07 remaining.

Bereit, who became the fourth leading goal scorer this afternoon with her final tally, set junior Miranda Rudacille up for the game-winner at 7:25.

Bereit’s final goal of the game, at 5:10 on a free position, gave her both the No. 4 spot all-time in both goals and points as well as providing an insurance tally.

SU outshot its visitors 26-17, won 12 of 18 draw controls and had a 24-18 advantage in groundballs.

Frostburg goalkeeper Dylan Teitelbaum kept her side in it with 12 saves.

FOREST – The Shenandoah University men’s golf team is the pre-season No. 5 selection of the league’s coaches in ODAC pre-season poll results released Tuesday afternoon by the conference office.

Shenandoah, which finished fourth last season at its second-ever ODAC Championships, had a 308.4 stroke average this fall in 10 rounds of action.

SU has 45 points in the poll to come in two points behind No. 4 Roanoke and two clear of No. 6 Bridgewater.

Defending champion Guilford is the pre-season pick to win it all again in 2015; the Quakers have 80 points and eight first-place votes.

Washington and Lee received the other two first-place votes and has 74 points to take the runner-up spot. W&L is 12 points ahead of No. 3 Hampden-Sydney.

Voting was done on a 9-1 basis with coaches unable to vote for their own programs in the poll.

Shenandoah opens up the spring season on March 9 at the TaylorMade Invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan at Dataw Island, South Carolina.

Shenandoah is now off until traveling to Marymount for a non-league game one week from tomorrow.