February 17, 2013

Longwood Drops 22 on Howard in Season-Opening Rout

from press release

FARMVILLE, Va. – The Longwood University women's lacrosse team earned a 22-2 victory against Howard University (0-3) in its season opener on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. The Lancers (1-0) were paced by sophomore Kacey Norwood/Chantilly, who tallied four goals and three assists for a game-high seven points. Junior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington added two goals and four assists for six points in the victory, as well. Longwood returns to action on Wednesday, February 20 when the squad hosts George Mason University beginning at 4 p.m.

“I was really proud of our team's effort, especially after they came out early to help shovel snow for almost 45 minutes before playing and then still had a ton of enthusiasm and excitement to play the game,” said head coach Elaine Jones. “Overall, I'm really pleased with this first game. I thought our players did come out with some first-game jitters, but they were able to work through those on their own as the game went on and put together a fine performance.”

Following an hour delay to clear the field of snow and ice, the Lancers scored the first goal of the game when Prasnicki found senior Jamie Brentlinger/Gambrills, Maryland for the hard shot past the Howard goalkeeper less than three minutes into the first half. The Bison answered with their lone goal of the first period to knot the game at 1-1, but Longwood would quickly pull away with a nine-goal run that spanned the remainder of the half. LU's scoring streak, which included goals from seven different Lancers, was sparked by an unassisted goal from freshman Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia at 17:01. Longwood's final goal of the period came with less than two minutes to play, as junior Mary Barondess/Centreville connected with Norwood to send the home squad into halftime with a 10-1 advantage.

Coming out of the break, Howard's Courtney Lackey carried the ball into the offensive zone and scored unassisted less than three minutes into the second half to make it a 10-2 game. The Bison would not come any closer, though, as Longwood closed the game on a 12-0 run that included a hat trick from sophomore Sara Jacobson/Gainesville and a pair of goals from Norwood, Brentlinger and freshman Katie McHugh/Burke.

As a team, the Lancers outshot the Bison, 40-15, and picked up more groundballs, 15-10. Longwood earned 15 draw controls in the outing, in addition to causing 10 turnovers. Brentlinger tied the game-high with four goals, and Jacobson and McHugh logged three goals apiece to add to the offensive effort. Barondess posted three points and Butler tallied two, while junior Alexa Anderson/Richmond, sophomore Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Md. and freshman Lisa Schell/Spencerville, Md. rounded the scorers for LU with one point each. Senior Mollie Zimmerman/Fairpoint, New York, sophomore Christian Acker/Moorestown, New Jersey and freshman Caitlyn Miller/Vero Beach, Florida split time in goal to combine for 10 saves in the victory.

Sunday's contest marked the 18th meeting between Longwood and Howard in the sport of women's lacrosse. The Lancers now hold an undefeated 18-0 advantage in the all-time series.

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