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Weekend Preview

Weekend Preview

By Byron Mitchell '14

WINCHESTER, Va. - This Saturday features another busy home contest day as both softball and men's lacrosse host Guilford in ODAC matchups.

Men's lacrosse looks to grab its first ODAC victory of the season as they play host to the Quakers in a 1:00 game on the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf.

Coach Mike Kruger's club is 5-8 overall and has lost seven straight dating back to March. The ODAC competition has been a rocky experience for the Hornets with a 0-6 start in the league.

Freshman attack Matt Justice headlines the team in goals, 28, and points, 33. He had a hat trick last week in the Marymount contest.

Guilford (7-6, 2-4 ODAC) has a strong talented group of players who are expected to be a challenging match up for the young SU squad.

Senior co-captain Bryan Pope believes his team now has a good feel for their new conference and has developed an understanding for what it takes to win in this competitive league.

"Guilford is a solid ODAC test that will present several challenges to us," Pope said. "One of these challenges is the experience that their players have, but at this point in our season, all of our players have seen the level at which they need to play in order to be successful in the ODAC.

"Another challenge will be containing their talented trio of attackmen, which supplies a lot of offense for their team."

Offensively, this trio—senior Henry Farley (15 goals), and freshmen Daniel Hughey (16 goals) and Adam Flore (19 goals)—has created a balanced scoring attack for the Quakers.

The softball doubleheader against the Quakers is set for a 2:00 start. SU will be playing for a bid to the ODAC Tournament and can clinch that bid with one win against GC.

Last week, freshman outfielder Kimberly Brady was sensational as she helped lead her team to a sweep over Stevenson and Emory and Henry, with seven hits in 16 at-bats for a .438 average.

In the E&H doubleheader, Brady hit three home runs and had two doubles.

She recorded a 1.125 slugging percentage during their three-day road trip and was named ODAC Player of the Week by the league office on Monday.