Shenandoah Tops Greensboro for First Time Since 1999

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University earned its first victory over Greensboro College since 1999 with a 16-9 USA South Conference win on rainy Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (8-2, 5-0 USA South) also clinches a spot in the USA South Conference Tournament with the win over GC (3-7, 3-2).

In what is likely the final regular season matchup between the two oldest women's lacrosse programs in the USA South, Greensboro jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the Hornets thanks to a dominating early performance in the draw circle.

The Pride won the first four draws and continually held possession in the opening 10 minutes to help themselves to the 4-0 advantage.

Sophomore Samantha Sisson finally broke thru for the hosts as Shenandoah turned an Ashley Cross save into a clear that led Samantha Donaghy feeding Sisson for the Hornets initial tally.

This goal, at 20:54, started a 5-0 SU run that saw Shenandoah take a 5-4 lead with 6:31 remaining in the first.

Sisson's had two goals in the run, bookending tallies from Mary Kogler, Sydney Anderson and Liz Bereit.

Micaela Sandoval finally snapped the string with an unassisted goal for GC at the 2:04 mark of the first.

The two teams traded the opening two goals of the second, with Bereit scoring on a free position shot for the victors, before the Hornets pulled away with a 6-0 spurt from the 25:02 to 11:07 marks.

Junior Corrinne Kosmowski got things started with a free position goal at 25:02 before scoring off of a Bereit assist at 22:29 with what proved to be the game-winner.

Shenandoah eventually expanded its lead out to eight goals before Sandoval closed the book on the day's scoring with an unassisted goal just eight seconds prior to the final gun.

SU outshot Greensboro 29-16, had a 17-9 advantage in groundballs and thanks to an 11-5 bulge in second half draws, won 15 of 27 in the circle.

Cross had five saves for the Hornets.

Bereit had three goals and two assists for SU with Kosmowski and Sisson both chipping in four goals.

Amy Rollins had one goal and three assists, Anderson two goals and one assist and Donaghy two assists to round out the multiple point scorers.

Sandoval and Melissa Gallaher had three goals each for the Pride.

Shenandoah is back in action on Thursday with a road contest at future ODAC rival Randolph-Macon.

2012-03-24



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