SU roundup: Hornets win first in men’s hoops

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University men’s basketball team earned its first win of the 2014-15 season with a 69-61 victory over Mary Washington on Friday night in the second game of the 2014 South Region Challenge.

The Hornets (1-2) won for the first time this season by erasing a seven-point second half deficit to Mary Washington (0-3).

Shenandoah led 29-27 at the break, only to see Mary Washington score 15 of the initial 21 points of the second half to take a 42-35 lead with 11:11 to play.

The two teams traded layups on the next two possessions before SU began its comeback with a Jared Carithers 3-pointer at the 10:01 mark.

Carithers, who finished with a game-high 23 points, hit a jumper 91 seconds later to cut the deficit to two before draining another 3-pointer at 7:10 to bring his club to within one at 46-45.

Jimi Starks then had steal on the next Mary Washington possession, feeding Malcolm Clark for the go-ahead layup and Shenandoah had the lead for good.

A Starks jumper followed by an Eli McEathron 3-pointer made it 52-46 and the Hornets were able to coast home to the victory.

Shenandoah made 5 of 9 attempts from the line, including 3 of its final 4, to clinch the victory.

In addition to Carithers’ 23, Clark added 21 with Starks chipping in eight points and eight rebounds.

The Hornets shot 41 percent for the game and outrebounded Mary Washington 43-40. SU also had a 20-11 advantage in points scored in the paint.

Shenandoah completes Challenge play Saturday at 4 p.m. by taking on former USA South Conference foe N.C. Wesleyan.

Women’s soccer

AUSTIN, Texas — Junior Danielle Burris has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America team for Division III women’s soccer in selections announced Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Burris, a midfielder, was named as a third team Academic All-America in voting conducted earlier this fall by CoSIDA.

She is the 15th student-athlete in SU history to be named Academic All-America and the second from the women’s soccer program.

Shenandoah has had at least one student-athlete earn Academic All-America honors for the past nine years.

Burris is a 3.98 student as a Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy major and earlier this month was named as the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s soccer in addition to earning third team All-ODAC accolades.

A Cooksville, Maryland native, Burris is also a candidate for NSCAA Academic honors.

To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a starter or important reserve on their team. Nominees are voted on in one of eight national districts by CoSIDA members with first team All-District honorees moving on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

Off the field, Burris is involved in Habitat for Humanity, Hungry Hearts and Salvation Army, the Alpha Chi National College and Alpha Lambda Delta Academic honor societies, the Health and Life Sciences Club and serves as a reading mentor at Quarles Elementary School.