March 2, 2012

Longwood Downs Cincy for First Victory

from press release

FARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood University won a women's lacrosse game 17-11 to visiting University of Cincinnati of the Big East Conference on Friday afternoon in Farmville at the Athletics Complex. In a wet and rain-delayed event, junior Jamie Brentlinger|Gambrills, Md. (Arundel) (4g), sophomore Lauren Prasnicki|Lexington (Rockbridge) (2g, 2a), and redshirt-freshman Alexa Anderson|Richmond (St. Catherines) (3g, 1a) all led the Lancers (1-3) with four points each. Longwood is off for a week before traveling to Emmitsburg, Maryland to face Mount St. Mary's of the Northeast Conference on Monday, March 12 at 4 p.m.

Although Cincinnati struck first by netting a goal at 28:56, Longwood answered with six-straight goals in a span of about 10 minutes as Anderson finished twice before the Bearcats were able to find the back of the net again at 14:49, pulling within 6-2. Cincinnati scored back-to-back at 8:52 and 8:31, but the Lancers pushed for another six goals to end the half's scoring with 1:25 left off an unassisted finish via senior Jessica Rudloff|West Chester, Pa. (West Chester). That gave Longwood its largest lead of the game and a 12-4 mark intermission.

The second period was a closer battle as Cincinnati scored the opening goal at 28:33 that was answered by Anderson at 27:19 on a free position attempt to make the score 13-5. The Bearcats responded with two goals at 26:06 and 24:44, but Brentlinger netted her second goal at 15:45 to pull ahead 14-7. Brentlinger's third goal came at 7:45 after Cincinnati closed the margin to 14-7 at 15:05. The Bearcats then gave the Lancers a scare between 5:52 and 4:34, scoring three unanswered goals to make the score 15-11 with just 4:34 left to play. Luckily, freshman Liz Trainer|Ellicott City, Md. (Mt. Hebron) and Brentlinger scored the last two goals of the game for a comfortable cushion with 1:31 remaining, which resulted in the game's final 17-11 tally.

Junior transfer Mollie Zimmerman|Fairpoint, N.Y. (Monroe CC|Catawba?College) (1-3) played the full 60 minutes and earned her first win, making eight saves, seven of which came in the first half. Senior Hannah Riggs|Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie) scored a goal in the win, adding four ground balls and two draw controls, while senior Sam Stifler|Jarrettsville, Md. (North Harford) added a goal, two ground balls and two draw controls. Rudloff scored three goals and tied for a game-high five draw controls. Sophomore Kathleen Battle|Nellysford (St. Anne's Belfield) grabbed a game-high seven ground balls and also caused two turnovers. Both teams took 14 shots in the first half and 12 shots in the second, but the Lancers collected 25 ground balls while Cincinnati only had 14.

“We have continued to make progress on the field each game, and this was a total team effort,” said interim head coach Wendy Stone. “It is great to come out with the win over a very athletic team. We put together two solid halves and will look to, once again, improve our next time out.”

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