Shenandoah Rolls by Marymount to Win Third in a Row

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah earned its third straight victory of the week with a 14-6 non-league win over Marymount Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (3-3) scored seven goals in each half to easily dispatch the Saints (2-2).

Senior Samantha Donaghy scored the initial goal of the contest with a free position goal at 27:20, and after Chelsea Ritter scored unassisted for MU 51 seconds later, the Hornets took the lead for good on an Erin Higgins tally at 23:29.

Higgins, a freshman from Garden City, N.Y., was playing against her twin sister, Meghan, in the contest.

Higgins had three goals for the hosts in the first half as SU took a 7-3 lead into the break.

Marymount, which outshot Shenandoah 27-24, was continually turned away by Hornets goalie Ashley Cross. Cross had 11 saves in the game, including six in the second half.

Senior Samantha Sisson had a team-high five points for SU with four goals and one assist.

She had a back-breaking goal at the end of the first half, hitting the back of the net as the horn sounded, to give the hosts the four-goal advantage.

Marymount could not cut the deficit under five for the entire second half.

In addition to Sisson's four goals, Higgins added four, Miranda Rudacille two and Liz Bereit one with three assists.

MU held a 22-17 advantage in groundballs while the Hornets won 13 of 21 draw controls.

Shenandoah is off until opening ODAC play next Sunday with a 2:00 contest against Sweet Briar.

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Winchester, Va. Marymount dropped a 14-6 non-conference decision on the road at on Sunday afternoon. The Saints fall to 2-2 overall on the season.

Megan McGuirk led the Saints with a pair of goals while Courtney Oehl, Jacki Belker, Taylor Johnson and Chelsea Ritter each add one.

Marymount kept things close early, answering the Hornets goal for goal for the first 24 minutes of the game. Shenandoah (3-3) then went on a 4-1 run to close out the half and take a 7-3 lead going into halftime.

In the second, both teams matched their first half totals while SU opened the frame on a 5-1 run over a 22 minute span to the game out of reach.

Defensively Molly Maher was credited with four caused turnovers and six grounds balls, both game-highs.

Samantha Sisson and Erin Higgins both led Shenandoah with four goals each.

Marymount returns to action as it hosts Frostburg State in its Capital Athletic Conference opener on Saturday. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.

2014-03-09



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