SU roundup: Top-Ranked Yellow Jackets sting Hornets

ASHLAND — Host Randolph-Macon celebrated its No. 1 national ranking in Division III men’s basketball with a 103-72 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Shenandoah on Wednesday.

The Yellow Jackets (22-2, 15-0 ODAC), playing their first game as the nation’s No. 1 team, jumped all over Shenandoah (4-20, 3-12).

R-MC scored eight of the game’s initial 10 points and led all but 1:18 of the contest in earning its 19th straight victory.

Randolph-Macon first pushed its advantage into double digits at the 6:33 mark of the first, led 47-23 at the break and expanded the lead to 30 points thanks to a pair of Chris Hamilton free throws with 16:41 to play.

The lead reached a maximum of 37 points on three occasions, the last with 3:50 remaining.

Shenandoah then scored 13 of the final 20 points of the game to provide the final margin.

Sophomore Aaron Patterson had a team-high 15 points for the Hornets, with Malcolm Clark adding 11.

Senior Xavier Alston just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

SU saw 12 of the 14 men who saw action in the contest score at least one point.

R-MC played 17 men, none more than 21 minutes, and received a game-high 22 points from Joe Hassell off the bench.

Shenandoah completes the regular season on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game at Hampden-Sydney.

Women’s basketball

ASHLAND — Host Randolph-Macon used a strong start to the second half to pull away from Shenandoah University in a 79-44 ODAC women’s basketball win Wednesday evening.

After Erin French and Ashley McGhee converted a pair of layups for SU (7-17, 3-12 ODAC) to start the second half, Randolph-Macon (19-4, 12-3 ODAC), reeled off a 25-0 run over the next 7:17 of the contest to take total control.

McGhee bookended the Yellow Jackets’ run with a layup at 10:30, but the R-MC advantage proved too large.

Staked to a 32-point lead, the ‘Jackets kept their advantage north of 30 points for the remainder of the contest.

Shenandoah was within single digits of its hosts for most of the first half with the game as close as seven points following a Holly Chittenden layup at the 3:43 mark.

Randolph-Macon answered this bucket with eight straight points, allowed a Brie Girouard jumper with one second remaining in the first and then the French and McGhee layups before exploding for that 25-point run.

Chittenden and Breya Wallace both had 13 points for the visitors with Chittenden recording her 23rd career double-double thanks to an 11-rebound performance.

French had a game-high 13 boards.

Sarah Parsons paced Macon with 21 points.

The Hornets complete the regular season on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against Washington and Lee. Chittenden, the team’s lone senior, will be honored prior to that game.

Women’s lacrosse

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah women’s lacrosse team opened up its 2015 season Wednesday afternoon with a 15-6 non-league loss to Mary Washington.

Playing through frigid conditions that included a heavy snow squall in the first half, Shenandoah (0-1) saw Mary Washington (1-0) score the game’s first eight goals on its way to the second win in the three game series between the two programs.

Freshman Abby Zorrilla snapped the scoreless streak for SU, scoring off of a Brittany Arndt assist nine seconds before halftime.

The Hornets used this momentum swing to score two of the initial three goals of the second half only to see UMW reassert control with a four-goal run from the 18:41 to 12:35 marks that put the Eagles up 14-4.

Shenandoah then scored two of the game’s final three goals, both by senior Liz Bereit on free position shots, to provide the final margin.

Mary Washington owned a 39-23 advantage in shots, scooped up 11 of the game’s 21 groundballs and won 13 of 22 draw controls.

Zorrilla and Bereit each had two goals for SU, Arndt had a goal and an assist and freshman Annie McCorry tallied her first collegiate goal on a free position shot five minutes into the second half.

Bereit also had a team-high four draw controls.

Corinne Wiederkehr paced the victors with four goals and one assist for five points.

Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday with a non-league game against Lebanon Valley.

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