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Weekend Preview

Weekend Preview

By Byron Mitchell '14

WINCHESTER, Va. - This weekend the Shenandoah University women's lacrosse program looks to continue its impressive season on Sunday afternoon in ODAC contest against Roanoke College beginning at 2 p.m.

Before the lax competition gets underway, the men and women's tennis teams are scheduled for an 11 a.m. matches against Lynchburg College.

Despite conference play starting just one week ago, Sunday's lacrosse contest against is an important one in the ODAC standings.

Roanoke already owns an overtime victory over pre-season favorite Washington and Lee while SU opened up its ODAC slate with a 17-11 win over Lynchburg last Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Darragh Evarts, who is ranked sixth in the conference with 20 goals scored, is Roanoke's best playmaker at midfield and a scored season-high six goals in the March 15 matchup against Drew University.

Evart has led Roanoke to a 2-0 start in the ODAC. The Maroons 21-7 victory over Bridgewater on Tuesday put them in a tie for first place with Randolph-Macon and Guilford and Shenandoah, which defeated BC 13-5 yesterday afternoon.

Coach Lindsey Lutz and the SU women's lax team started the year off right by knocking off No. 13 Mary Washington 10-9 in a contest that would eventually put the Hornets in position to receive top 20 consideration in week two voting results released by the IWLCA on March 5.

Senior captain Sydney Anderson credits the team's early success to the "hard work put in during the off-season" by each player.

Shenandoah (5-1, 2-0) brought itself level with RC and Guilford with that win yesterday at Bridgewater and can put itself a strong position with a win over the Maroons on Sunday.

The hosts must continue playing at a high level, both offensively and defensively, if they want to make a run for first place.

"To win we need to continue to play our game and take care of the ball," Anderson said.  "The defense has done a good job staying positive after goals against us; it's important to not get rattled.

"The Roanoke game will be huge for us—a team goal this year was to be competitive in every ODAC game and we already proved that's possible in our first ODAC game against Lynchburg. We want the rest of the ODAC teams to notice us and beating them is the only way to do that."

Samantha Sisson (17 goals) and Liz Bereit (14 goals) have been very effective scoring goals for SU this season.

The team will need a huge performance from these two midfielders if they expect to rally past Roanoke.

The baseball and softball teams are both on the road this weekend with a pair of ODAC doubleheaders. Baseball, up to No. 11 this week in the D3baseball.com poll, travels to Randolph-Macon while softball is at Virginia Wesleyan.

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