March 3, 2011

Longwood Adjusts, Defeats St. Francis (Pa.)

from press release

FARMVILLE, Va. – The Longwood University women's lacrosse team beat visiting Northeast Conference (NEC) member Saint Francis University Thursday afternoon 10-5 at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. Junior Jessica Rudloff|West Chester, Pa. (West Chester East) led the Lancers (2-0) with four goals, also adding one assist for a game-high five points. The Red Flash (0-3) were led by Kate Simmons with two goals. LU finishes its three-game homestand on Tuesday, March 8 at 4 p.m., hosting another NEC foe in Mount St. Mary's at the Athletics Complex in Farmville.

SFU opened scoring in the game at 20:36 from a free position goal by Sheri Fort, which would be the Red Flash's only lead of the game. Rudloff answered 35 seconds later, also on a free position goal. Longwood then tallied three more goals leading into halftime off sophomore Jamie Brentlinger|Gambrills, Md. (Arundel) at 18:40, freshman Mary Barondess|Centreville (Westfield) at 11:25 and junior Hannah Riggs|Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie) with 1:53 remaining. Barondess's goal was the first of her career, which she tallied unassisted.

“Saint Francis definitely surprised us a little bit,” said head coach Missy Ackerman. “Their transition game was better, but I think we made adjustments at the half and were able to work a lot of different scenarios with different personnel.”

Simmons scored again for SFU off a quick goal to start the second half with just 25 ticks gone, pulling the Red Flash within two goals before the Lancers ran away with four more goals, having the edge at 8-2. Senior Cara O'Brien|Arlington (Bishop O'Connell) started the run at 28:31 off a pass from Rudloff before the junior scored three in a row in a matter of seven minutes, the first two coming merely 40 seconds apart.

SFU was able to tally three more goals, but Longwood score two more of its own from senior Duan Wright|Church Hill, Md. (Queen Anne's) and Brentlinger to close out the game.

Senior Juli Liebig|Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's) grabbed a game-high five ground balls while earning her second win of the season in goal, making four saves. Danielle Pokusa made 15 saves for SFU.

“We had to make adjustments on their goalie,” said Ackerman. “I think she did a good job for them.”

LU had the edge in shots 33-17 as well as ground balls 20-9. The Lancers also made just eight turnovers to the Red Flash's 18.

“Our defense played solidly, and that's what we were hoping for.”

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