SU roundup: Hornets football picked seventh in ODAC

FOREST – The Shenandoah University football team is the pre-season No. 7 pick of the ODAC coaches in preseason poll results released Friday.

The Hornets, coming off of a second straight 4-6 season under Scott Yoder, have 15 points in the poll to come in two points behind No. 6 Washington and Lee.

Guilford, which shared the 2014 title, is picked to win it all in 2015. The Quakers had a perfect 49 points on seven first place votes.

Bridgewater, Emory and Henry and Hampden-Sydney, co-champions along with Guilford last season, are tied for second with 35 points each.

H-SC received Guilford’s first-place vote.

Voting was done on a 7-1 basis with coaches unable to vote for their own programs.
Catholic, with seven points, rounds out the poll.

Shenandoah opens the 2015 season, its 15th anniversary campaign, on Sept. 5 with a 7 p.m. non-league contest against Gallaudet.

The ODAC opener is Oct. 3 versus Bridgewater. This game is also the homecoming contest.

Complete poll:

2015 ODAC Preseason Poll
(#) Denotes first place votes

1. Guilford (7) 49 pts.

T2. Bridgewater 35 pts.

T2. Emory & Henry 35 pts.

T2. Hampden-Sydney 35 pts.

5. Randolph-Macon 31 pts.

6. Washington and Lee 17 pts.

7. Shenandoah 15 pts.

8. Catholic 7 pts.

Men’s basketball to open at Bucknell

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University head men’s basketball coach Rob Pryor announced an addition to his 2015-16 schedule Thursday morning.

Pryor, who is entering his fifth season as the Hornets head coach, announced that his squad will open the 2015-16 season on Nov. 13 with a 7 p.m. contest at D-I Bucknell University.

The contest will be the first-ever game for new Bison head coach Nathan Davis, who took over the Bucknell program this past spring after coaching at Randolph-Macon for the past six years.

Bucknell won the Patriot League regular season title in 2014-15 before being upset in the tournament semifinals by Lafayette College. The Leopards went on to win the Patriot League championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The game, which represents the fourth time in five years that Pryor’s Hornets have opened the year with a Division I opponent, will be an exhibition game for SU and a game for Bucknell.

For fans unable to travel to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, for the contest, it will be streamed online through the Patriot League Network.

Last season, Shenandoah played at George Mason after traveling to Campbell University for the 2013-14 season opener.

SU has also played Radford and VMI during Pryor’s tenure as the Hornets’ head coach.

“Our guys very much enjoy the experience of playing a Division I opponent,” Pryor said. “They love the atmosphere and everything surrounding playing this type of game.

“But there is more to it than just the atmosphere. The ODAC is one of the top D-3 leagues in the nation, and so playing an opponent of this caliber is necessary to get us ready for conference play. We are going to go up there and compete from start to finish.”