SVCA reaches VACA final

Posted: March 8, 2013

From Star staff reports

DAYTON, Tenn. — The Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy will have a chance today to do what it couldn’t last year — win the National Association for Christian Athletes Tournament.

With wins over Chattanooga Christian (46-42) and Olathe Christian (56-50) on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, SVCA (23-3) advances to the NACA championship game where it will face Carolina Christian at 6:30 p.m. today.

The Patriots lost in the finals last year to Mount Airy Christian Academy (54-44).

Boys’ Basketball

Conquerors advance to NACA final

DAYTON, Tenn. — Mountain View Christian Academy shook off an opening loss to S.L. Jones Christian Academy in the NACA Tournament to reach today’s championship game.

MVCA (33-8) beat Providence Christian (84-30) and Dayspring (72-65 in overtime) Thursday behind the play of senior Brandon Pressley, who scored 54 points and grabbed 45 rebounds combined in the two gams.

The Conquerors will now face Gabriel Christian Academy in the tournament finals at 11:30 a.m. today.

Men’s Lacrosse

Crusaders 15, Hornets 6

SELINSGROVE, Pa. — The Shenandoah University men's lacrosse team saw its season-opening three-game winning streak snapped with a non-league loss at Susquehanna Thursday afternoon.

The Hornets (3-1) got a Sean Ohlhaver goal to open the contest, but the Crusaders (3-2) reeled off nine straight to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Shenandoah was held scoreless from 13:39 of the first, when Ohlhaver scored to open the game, until Matt Justice tallied with just 4:46 remaining before halftime.

In between, the hosts scored nine goals from four different players to take a 9-3 lead into the halftime intermission.

Austin Lein had four of his team-high five goals during this run.

Justice' goal did start a three-goal Hornets run that made the score 9-4 early in the third, but Susquehanna answered at 8:27 to push the margin back to five goals.

Coach Mike Kruger's club would get no closer than the five-goal deficit the rest of the way.

Connor Bishop and Seth Fisher had the final two goals of the game for Kruger's club.

Ohlhaver paced the visitors with two goals and one assist.

Susquehanna had a 40-24 advantage in shots and scooped up 35 of the game's 64 groundballs. The Hornets won 15 of 24 faceoffs, including 7 of 11 in the second half.

Tyler Quinn made seven saves in playing the initial 45 minutes of the game.

Shenandoah hosts SUNYIT on Sunday in a 1:00 non-league contest.

SU athletics

SAAC announces “Spring Stinger”

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee announced Thursday the dates for its spring spirit week and a special initiative around this event.

The spirit week, newly rebranded as "Spring Stinger", will take place March 24-30 with the softball event taking place on March 20.

All fans are encouraged to wear the specified color to each of the five events.

In addition to holding the spirit week, SAAC will be holding bake sales and collecting donations for former football player Patrick (Packy) Purcell ’12.

Purcell is a former four-year member of the SU football team that has battled Crohn’s Disease for the past six years.

He recently had a cancerous tumor removed from his colon and is awaiting surgery on a tumor in his brain. For more information on Packy’s battle, please visit his website.

The SAAC is showing its support for Packy by having all the spring athletes will wear special t-shirts donated by T-Shirt Attic of Winchester during pre-game warmups during Spring Stinger.

A limited number of these T-shirts, which have "Play for Packy" and his jersey number (No. 26) on the back, will be sold by SAAC for $5 at the March 22 Pep Rally.

Student Engagement is sponsoring the pep rally, which will be held on the library quad.