Guilford Tops Shenandoah and Takes 1st Place in the ODAC

WINCHESTER, Va. - Visiting Guilford seized sole possession of first place in the ODAC women's lacrosse race with a 17-4 win over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.

The Quakers (12-1, 8-0 ODAC) clinched a bye in the upcoming six-team tournament with the win over previous co-leader SU (10-3, 7-1).

The Hornets led the game early, 2-1 following a Samantha Sisson goal at 19:09 only to see the Quakers combine a dominating performance on draws with a solid shooting performance to take total control of the contest.

E'leyna Garcia, the nation's leading scorer, knotted the game at 2-2 with a free position goal at 14:03 and in the process started a 10-goal run for her squad.

Guilford won every draw following all of the goals except the last, thus dominating possession during the run.

Garcia, who finished with a game-high eight goals, had five goals during this run including one as the halftime horn sounded.

The Quakers took a 10-2 lead into the break and stretched the lead out to nine goals, 11-2, as Garcia tallied unassisted 24 seconds into the second stanza.

Senior Corrinne Kosmowski finally snapped the SU scoreless streak with a free position goal at 28:13, but the Hornets would get no closer.

GC scored four straight following Kosmowski's goal and six of the game's final seven goals.

Amy Rollins had the final goal for the hosts.

GC outshot Shenandoah 28-15 and had 19-14 advantage in groundballs. The Quakers ended the day by taking 18 of the game's 22 draws and won 10 of 11 in the first half.

Ashley Cross had five saves for the Hornets.

SU travels to Randolph-Macon on Wednesday for a 7:00 ODAC contest.

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WINCHESTER, Va. E'leyna Garcia (Plantation, Fla./Pine Coast Prep) scored eight goals in Guilford College's 17-4 lacrosse win at Shenandoah University Saturday.

The Quakers' school-record 11th straight win put Guilford (12-1, 8-0 ODAC) in sole possession of first place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) standings. Shenandoah (10-3, 7-1 ODAC) suffered its first loss in four games.

Samantha Sisson's free-position goal nearly 10 minutes into the match gave the Hornets a 2-1 lead. Guilford reeled off the next 10 goals, five by Garcia, and never looked back. Garcia converted a Lily Colley (Wells, Maine/Wells) pass as time expired and sent the visitors into halftime with a 10-2 lead.

Colley finished with seven points on four goals and three assists. The junior set the school record for season assists (33). Garcia, NCAA Division III's leader in goals and points, netted eight markers for the fifth time this season and bumped her school-record season total to 83. She also had five draw controls and three ground balls. Guilford won 18 of the game's 22 draws, six by Eleanora Keene. Senior goalie Liza Metter made six saves, five in the second half.

Amy Rollins' two goals led the Hornets, who scored their fewest goals of the season. Goalie Ashley Cross made five saves and picked up two ground balls. Sisson scored once and collected four ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Guilford remains in northern Virginia to play a nonconference game at Marymount University Sunday.


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