April 19, 2014

Women's Lax Wins OT Thriller

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Shenandoah University women's lacrosse team 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 semi-finals 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.