Area briefs: SU women’s lacrosse falls to Generals 14-4

Posted: March 20, 2014

From Star staff reports

LEXINGTON — No. 15 Washington and Lee scored the opening five goals of the game Wednesday night to key a 14-4 ODAC women’s lacrosse victory over Shenandoah.

The Generals (6-2, 3-0 ODAC) scored those five goals in the first 11:44 to pull away from Shenandoah (4-4, 1-1).

The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Hornets.

Freshman Brittany Arndt finally snapped the scoreless streak for SU with her unassisted goal at 12:59.

Senior Samantha Sisson closed out the first half scoring by tallying unassisted at the 3:05 mark.

Now down just three, 5-2, Shenandoah saw its hosts pull away by scoring the initial three goals of the second half.

Liz Bereit and Arndt, with a pair of free position goals, snapped the W&L run, but it was not enough.

The Generals scored the final six goals of the contest.

Washington & Lee outshot SU 26-12 and won 13 of 22 draw controls while holding a 13-11 advantage in groundballs.

Goalkeepers Ashley Cross and Cara Mulligan split 12 saves.

The Hornets continue this road trip with a 7 p.m. Saturday night at Lynchburg.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Hornets 8, Knights 1

BUENA VISTA — The Shenandoah University women’s tennis team earned its third straight victory with a 8-1 non-conference win at Southern Virginia Wednesday afternoon.

Shenandoah (4-1) opened with a pair of 8-1 victories in No. 1 and 3 doubles before taking out the Knights (2-7) with a sweep of the singles matches.

Sophomore Molly Barb had the match-clinching victory with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Lauren Morrison at No. 1 singles.

Barb had opened the day by combining with Amy Rapp to win that 8-1 decision at No. 1 doubles.

Caitlin Tilton and Cierra Neidermeyer had the victory at No. 3 doubles with Neidermeyer also winning in straight sets at No. 6 singles.

Rapp, Rachel Gross and Amber Lake won in straight sets at No. 2 through 4 singles, respectively, before Alayna McEathron rebounded from a 6-3 loss in her opening set to win 6-2, 1-0 (10-0) at No. 5.

SU is back in action on Saturday by taking on Guilford in an ODAC doubleheader match with the men.

Gordon named ODAC Player of Week

FOREST — Bridgewater College senior and Handley High School graduate Katie Gordon was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for the period of March 9-15 by the conference office.

Gordon posted a perfect record on the Eagles spring break trip to Hilton Head. She was 3-0 at No. 1 singles and 3-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Gordon won each of her three singles matches in straight sets, losing a total of just six games.

Gordon and freshman Maria Hawkins won an 8-6 match against Marietta at No. 1 doubles in their closest call on the trip. The pair lost just one game in winning their two other matches.