Quakers Eliminate Shenandoah in ODAC Semifinals

WINCHESTER, Va. Shenandoah saw its 2014 lacrosse season come to an end Saturday with a 16-11 loss to Guilford in the ODAC Tournament semifinals.

Second-seeded Shenandoah (11-7) led 7-2 following a Samantha Donaghy free position goal with 5:36 remaining in the first half, but could only watch as the high-powered GC offense came to life.

The third-seeded Quakers (12-6) pulled themselves back into it by scoring four of the final six goals of the first and then took control following the halftime break.

Junior Liz Bereit opened the second half scoring by converting a Samantha Sisson feed at 23:01, but this would prove to be the hosts' high-water mark.

GC reeled off 10 straight from the 21:58 to 1:04 marks to turn its 10-6 deficit into a 16-10 lead.

Bereit, who had three goals for SU, provided the final margin of victory with an unassisted tally 13 seconds before the final horn.

Guilford rallied for the victory by dominating possession in the second the Quakers won nine of 12 second-half draws after seeing the Hornets win 10 of 15 in the opening stanza and scooped up 11 of 16 second-half groundballs.

GC also took 19 of the 27 second-half shots.

Shenandoah goalkeeper Ashley Cross had eight of her 12 saves in the second.

Sisson paced the hosts with five goals and two assists for seven points with Bereit adding four goals.

Sisson finishes her career as the program's all-time leader in goals, assists, points and draw controls.

Cross finishes her career as the program's all-time leader in saves and wins.

The Class of 2014 finished its career with 48 wins and played in two conference championship contests.

The 2015 schedule will be announced this summer.

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WINCHESTER, Va. E'leyna Garcia scored all of her game-high five goals in the second half of Guilford's 16-11 win at Shenandoah in an ODAC semifinal Saturday. Guilford scored 10 of the game's final 11 goals to erase a 10-6 second-half deficit.

The Quakers' rally lifted them into next Saturday's (5/3) ODAC Tournament final at top-seeded Washington and Lee University, a 16-15 winner over fifth-seeded Randolph-Macon College in Saturday's other semifinal. The nationally ranked Generals are the tourney's four-time defending champions, while Guilford (12-6) is making its first ODAC Tournament final appearance.

Guilford, the tourney's third seed, fell behind the second-seeded Hornets, 7-2, in the first half. The Quakers closed the period on a 4-2 run to make it a 9-6 Shenandoah lead at the break. The Hornets' Samantha Sisson scored each of her team-high five goals and one of her two assists in the first half.

The Hornets' Liz Bereit opened the second-half scoring seven minutes into the frame, which gave the hosts a 10-6 edge. Guilford answered with 10 straight scores, including each of Garcia's tallies. She started the decisive spurt with an unassisted goal at the 21:58 mark, which set the NCAA Division III record for consecutive games with at least one goal. Garcia, who has scored in each of her 70 career contests, surpassed the previous mark of 69 set by Franklin & Marshall College's Jen Pritchard in 2009.

Garcia ripped off two more scores and Eleanora Keene tallied at the 19:20 mark to tie the game for the first time since the first half. Demming Carlow put the visitors ahead with 14:37 to play off the second of three Lily Colley assists. Colley added the game-winning goal, her fourth of five markers in the match, with 11:26 remaining in regulation. Garcia's fifth and final score capped the 10-0 run before Bereit scored the game's final goal with 13 seconds remaining.

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