Guilford Falls to Shenandoah in Overtime Thriller

GREENSBORO, N.C. Erin Huggins and Miranda Rudacille scored in overtime to lift visiting Shenandoah to a 16-14 overtime lacrosse win at Guilford on Saturday. The win clinched the second seed and a first-round bye in the ODAC tournament.

After falling behind 13-7 with 16:09 left in regulation, the Hornets (11-6, 8-2 ODAC) reeled off seven straight goals. Brittany Arndt scored all of her team-high four goals in the decisive spurt, including the go-ahead goal with 1:40 remaining, which gave Shenandoah a 14-13 edge.

Guilford's Eleanora Keene scored a free-position goal with 16.4 seconds left in regulation to force the extra stanza.

Both overtime goals were scored with a player advantage as Guilford incurred a yellow card in both periods. Higgins converted a pass from Samantha Sisson 1:51 into the first extra period. Rudicille's goal came in the second overtime period off an assist from Liz Bereit with 2:05 left. Arndt won two draws in the extra periods and the Hornets effectively controlled possession. Both teams managed two shots in overtime, the Hornets scored on theirs while Guilford had one stopped by goalie Ashley Cross and another blocked.

Rudacille shared team-high scoring honors with Arndt on three goals and one assist. Samantha Donaghy also scored three times, all during a 5-1 Hornets' run that trimmed a 7-1 Guilford lead down to 8-6 at halftime. Sisson contributed two goals, two assists and a game-best three caused turnovers. Cross enjoyed a strong game in goal with 10 saves and a game-best nine ground balls.

Guilford's E'leyna Garcia scored a game-high five goals and Keene finished with four. Marina Bailey scored three goals and Lily Colley chipped in with two goals and three assists. Colley moved within four points of setting the school single-season scoring record. Keene scooped up a game-high 11 draw controls and Garcia added seven.

Guilford received the third seed for the ODAC Tournament and will host sixth-seeded Lynchburg College Wednesday (4/23) at a time to be determined. The Quakers edged Lynchburg, 16-15, on a last-minute goal April 16.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Shenandoah secured itself an opening round bye at the upcoming ODAC Tournament with a 16-14 overtime win at Guilford Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (11-6, 8-2 ODAC) rebounded from a 7-1 deficit to the Quakers (10-6, 8-2) to earn the OT win.

Freshman Erin Higgins scored what proved to the game-winner at the 1:09 mark of the first three-minute overtime session and then sophomore Miranda Rudacille added an insurance goal with 1:50 to play to give SU the victory.

The win secured the No. 2 seed in next week's tournament and coach Lindsey Lutz' club will now await the winner of the No. 3 vs No. 6 game (most likely Guilford vs Lynchburg) in the tournament semifinals next Saturday.

Shenandoah will host that game on the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf.

Trailing 7-1 after E'leyna Garcia scored for the Quakers at the 15:16 mark, the Hornets reeled off five of the final six goals of the opening stanza to cut the deficit to just two, 8-6, at the break.

After Rudacille scored to make it 8-7 just 3:01 into the second half, the hosts seemingly took control with a 5-0 run that gave Guilford a 13-7 advantage by the 16:09 mark.

Lutz' club then kicked it into another gear, ripping off seven consecutive goals to lead 14-13 with 1:40 remaining.

GC tied it just 16 seconds before the end of regulation, setting up the two teams to play the six-minute overtime session.

Freshman Brittany Arndt led the victors with four goals with Rudacille and Samantha Donaghy three each.

Samantha Sisson had two goals and two assists for four points with Liz Bereit adding a goal and two assists.

Guilford outshot SU 35-32 with Hornets goalie Ashley Cross making 10 saves.

Shenandoah had a 23-18 advantage in groundballs with the Quakers winning 22 of the game's 34 draws.

Official tournament pairings will be announced later Saturday.


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