November 8, 2010

Longwood Women Unleash 2011 Schedule

from press release

FARMVILLE, Va. - Longwood University second-year women's lacrosse head coach Missy Ackerman has announced the upcoming schedule for 2011 that includes 16 regular-season matches.

The Lancers will open their campaign welcoming Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) member California. They will play eight other home games, three of which will be against National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) foes: Davidson, Howard and Detroit-Mercy. The squad finished last season 10-8 overall with an undefeated conference record of 6-0, along with the NLC Tournament Championship, defeating Davidson 17-9 in the final.

"The 2010 schedule is balanced and is going to give the team some challenges from new opponents St. Bonaventure and California," said Ackerman. "The bulk of our games will be rematches of one-goal games from the past season that we hope to place in the win column. These games are outstanding preparation for our ultimate goal: the defense of the NLC championship."

Longwood will open with a 4 p.m. contest against California on February 25 at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. The Golden Bears finished 8-10 last season, falling in the MPSF semifinal match to No. 15 Stanford. The Lancers then compete in two more home games, first welcoming Saint Francis University for a 4 p.m. start on March 3. The Red Flash (1-12) finished last in the Northeast Conference (NEC) during the 2010 season. On March 8, Longwood hosts another NEC member, Mount St. Mary's, at the Athletics Complex, beginning at 4 p.m. The Mount (6-2) finished third in league standings last year, falling in the tournament semifinal match against eventual-champion Sacred Heart.

The Lancers will face three opponents in five days between March 12-16, starting with a road match in New York against Canisius of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Game time is set for March 12 at 1 p.m. Following that match, the team will travel to a neutral site to face St. Bonaventure on March 14 at 2 p.m., during Longwood's spring break. March 16 will end the three-game stretch as the women head back to Farmville in order to face Richmond at 4 p.m. The Spiders are one of five Virginia teams on the 2011 schedule.

For their first NLC contest, the Lancers will welcome Davidson to campus on March 19 at 1 p.m. The Wildcats finished 2010 at 9-9 overall and 5-1 in conference play after Longwood topped them in the NLC Championship match. Falling between four other conference matches is a game at Colonial Athletic Association member Old Dominion on March 23 at 4 p.m. Upon its return to campus, Longwood will welcome Howard on March 25 at 4 p.m. and Detroit-Mercy on March 27 at 12 p.m.

Presbyterian will welcome the Lancers on April 1 at 3 p.m. in South Carolina before Jacksonville (Fla.) hosts Longwood in a 12 p.m. start on April 3. The Lancers will then have a week to prepare for High Point University of North Carolina in a tilt in Farmville at 1 p.m. on April 10. In-state foe Virginia Tech will host the Lancers on April 12 at 4 p.m. before Navy travels to the Athletics Complex on April 16 at 12 p.m.

In the squad's final regular-season match, Longwood will travel to in-state and NLC-foe Liberty April 21 at 4 p.m. The NLC Tournament is scheduled for April 29-May 1 with sites and times to be determined.

Longwood will be led by recently-named tri-captains Kesley Dean|Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's), Juli Liebig|Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's) and Duan Wright|Church Hill, Md. (Queen Anne's). In their first three seasons, the trio helped Longwood tally a 27-24 overall record with an 18-8 home mark. In their first season of NLC competition this past spring, the Lancers went undefeated as Dean started all 18 games and finished third on the team with 48 points (31g, 17a). Wright also started every game and notched 14 points on 11 goals and four assists, and tallied the second-most caused turnovers (19). Liebig started 16 of 17 games in goal, totaling 706:51, with 88 saves and a 12.22 goals-against average.

"Kesley, Juli and Duan bring competitiveness and desire to succeed into each practice, and their leadership is infectious," commented Ackerman. "The trio were high school teammates at Queen Anne's in Maryland, as well. They lead by setting an example of tireless work ethic and high expectations for themselves and others each day."

With the three's familiarity that precedes their first three years at Longwood, they will look to spearhead the 2011 squad to a second consecutive conference title.

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