The win means that the Marlins will return the favor to SU and make the trip to Winchester on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. ODAC Tournament quarterfinal round contest.
The winner of that game will meet top-seeded Lynchburg on Friday at 5 in the tournament semi-finals. Lynchburg, as the top seed, will host the semi-finals and finals Friday and Saturday.
Shenandoah dominated Saturday's contest, scoring the game's first three goals to take total control of the contest.
Payne set up Megan Stevens off of a penalty corner 9:47 into the second half with what proved to be the game-winning goal.
That tally was the first in a set of five second half goals in which the two teams traded goals.
The Hornets outshot the Marlins 17-12 with VWC taking 11 of the game's 16 penalty corners. Shenandoah scored three goals off of its five corners.
Jessica Brown had six saves in the win.