The top six teams in the league make the post-season tournament and Shenandoah holds the head-to-header tie-breaker over the Yellow Jackets. Seventh place Virginia Wesleyan visits Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium Saturday and a win over the Marlins in that 2:00 Senior Day contest will punch Shenandoah's ticket to the sixth straight trip to the tourney.
In that case, the Hornets would host a quarterfinal round game on Halloween.
Megan Stevens got what proved to be the game-winner by knocking home her own rebound in the 31st minute.
Isabella Morande had to make just two saves in earning the shutout – SU outshot the Royals 34-8 and had a 10-3 advantage in penalty corners.
"We knew we needed to get a result tonight for ODAC standings," Smeltzer-Kraft said. "I am proud of the effort and fight from my team, and am looking forward to celebrating our seniors at our next game against Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday."