SU roundup: Hornets earn women’s tennis win

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — The Shenandoah University women’s tennis team continued its spring break trip Wednesday afternoon with a 7-2 non-league victory over Marietta.

After Marietta (1-4) took a 2-1 lead following the doubles thanks to wins Nos. 1 and 3, Shenandoah (4-1) roared back by sweeping the six singles matches.

Junior Molly Barb, who combined with Amber Lake to win 8-2 at No. 2 doubles, got the singles started with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1.

Amy Rapp won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 to give SU its first lead before Jeannella Williams won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 to put the Hornets one victory from clinching.

Senior Shannon Allin got that clinching victory, winning 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 to close out the match.

Caitlin Tilton was a 6-1, 6-1 victor at No. 5 before Lake won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6 to provide the final margin of victory.

Shenandoah completes spring break play on Saturday at 2 p.m. with an Old Dominion Athletic Conference match at Guilford.

Women’s lacrosse

LATROBE, Pa. — The Shenandoah women’s lacrosse team continued its strong start to the 2015 season with a 20-6 non-league victory over St. Vincent on Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Liz Bereit, playing in her hometown for the first time in her career, celebrated her homecoming by scoring a game-high six goals and one assist for seven points.

Bereit opened the scoring for SU (4-1) by tallying off of a Miranda Rudacille assist at the 28:44 mark of the first and after the Bearcats (0-4) scored the game’s next three goals, helped key a six-goal Shenandoah run in a span of 5:49 to take total control of the contest.

Bereit had a natural hat trick during this spurt, scoring at 21:53, 20:09 and 18:50, the last off a Sabina Rasoulov assist, before setting up Rudacille at 18:34 to give the Hornets a 7-3 lead.

St. Vincent would come no closer than three goals the rest of the way.

After the Bobcats answered that SU run with a goal at 16:12, the Hornets turned the game into a rout by sandwiching an 11-0 run around halftime.

Eight different women had at least one goal during this run, with sophomore Brittany Arndt tallying four times.

Arndt matched Bereit’s natural hat trick with one of her own, scoring at 6:39, 3:53 and 2:49 of the first. Her final goal of this run came at 19:36 of the second.

The two teams traded four goals in the last 10:23 of the contest to provide the final margin.

SU outshot its hosts 35-9, had a 23-11 advantage in groundballs and won 14 of 27 draws.

Hornets goalkeeper Rachel Levy had to make just one save.

Shenandoah is back in action at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. in its ODAC opener against Lynchburg.

Men’s lacrosse

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah men’s lacrosse team used a strong defensive effort to key a 9-2 non-league victory over Curry College on Wednesday afternoon.

Shenandoah (4-2) held Curry (2-1) without a goal over the final 32:13 of the contest in securing the win in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

After John McMenomey scored off a Brandon Flaim assist with 2:13 in the second, the Hornets, led by 21-save performance from sophomore goalkeeper Ben Judy, pulled away from the Colonels.

SU, on the strength of two Stephen LaTona goals and another from Connor Bishop, led 3-2 at the break.

Sophomore Tilghman Sanders gave the hosts some breathing room with the only goal of the third, scoring at 12:14, before the Hornets used a five-spot in the fourth to coast home to the win.

Aaron Paul scored twice and LaTona, Sanders and Bishop one time each in the final stanza to provide the final margin of victory.

On the defensive end, SU forced Curry into 24 turnovers and if the Colonels were able to get off shots, Judy was there for the save.

The sophomore had 11 of his 21 stops in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter.

Curry outshot the Hornets 35-29, owned a 36-31 advantage in groundballs and won 10 of 15 faceoffs.

Shenandoah continues this homestand on Saturday with its ODAC opener at 4 p.m. against Hampden-Sydney.