Fall sports set the ODAC bar high this year, with many teams making it far in the ODAC tournament, but spring sports brought the bar back down. With only two teams making the tournament, another team losing every ODAC game, and most teams having a losing record, this was not the season for Shenandoah Hornets sports.
The baseball team went into playoffs as the top seed in ODACs. Along with earning top seed, they got to play the lowest seed, Bridgewater College, in the first round. They won as expected, only to lose to the number four seed, Hampden-Sydney in the second round. The Hornets finished with a 32-10 record this season. Hopefully, the men will be able to get a bid into the NCAA tournament for being ranked number nine in the nation.
The only other team to make it this season to ODAC playoffs was women’s tennis. They unfortunately lost in the first round to Washington and Lee, 0-5. This was their third consecutive year making it to the tournament. They finished their season 9-7.
Men’s tennis was not as fortunate this season. There were high hopes this season for the men after making it to the tournament last year, but they lost some players along the way and lost many matches. Their record was only 4-12 with only two in conference wins, not enough to bring them into the postseason.
The golf team finished their season at their ODAC Championship Invitational. All ten ODAC teams got to compete, and the men tied for seventh along with Lynchburg. The women competed individually because of the small size of their team. Harper Matthews placed highest out of the three, tying for fifteenth, while Sara Eadie and Emily Conrad got nineteenth and twentieth respectively. There were twenty-three competitors.
Softball started their season strong, but lost momentum when it mattered. They finished their season 8-30 with only two in-conference wins. They lost some players during the season and lost many games, being shut out in all of April.
Men’s lacrosse had high hopes for this season after having a strong fall ball and many freshman to fill the shoes of former players. They had some good out-of-conference wins early, only to lose every ODAC game they played. Hopefully the young players will grow into their spots to do better next year.
Women’s lacrosse had a tough season, being shut out of ODACs for the first time since entering the ODAC. They finished seventh after falling to Bridgewater in the deciding game. They finished 5-12 with only three in-conference wins.
One of the strongest teams on campus this season was track and field. They broke many personal records and many school records. One of the stand outs was Ansel Borhauer, who became the first male SU runner to win an outdoor ODAC championship. The men finished fifth overall and the women fourth, both out of nine teams.
It has been a long, hard season for every SU athlete, training most days to spend little time competing. Congrats to all teams on finishing out their seasons and good luck to fall sports that will soon be starting their seasons.
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