March 20, 2013

Longwood's Prasnicki Drops 11 Pointso on ODU

from press release

NORFOLK, Va. – The Longwood University women's lacrosse team defeated in-state opponent Old Dominion University (3-5), 17-11, on Wednesday afternoon at the Monarchs' L.R. Hill Complex in Norfolk. The Lancers were led by junior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington, who recorded a personal-best eight assists en route to a career-high 11 total points in the victory. Longwood (6-2) will continue its three-game road swing at Big South Conference opponent Davidson College on Saturday, March 23. First draw is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Prasnicki accounted for all but three of Longwood's assists in the outing. She also picked up one ground ball. Freshman Katie McHugh/Burke was also an essential part of the Lancers offensive effort, recording a season-high five goals on the day. Sophomore Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Maryland added three goals, while senior Jamie Brentlinger/Gambrills, Md. and freshman Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia each tallied two goals and one assist for three points. Junior Mary Barondess/Centreville and sophomore Liz Trainer/Ellicott City, Md. rounded out the Longwood attack, as Barondess totaled one goal and one assist, and Trainer posted one goal. Senior Kathleen Battle/Nellysford logged a career-high seven draw controls, as well. Sophomore Christian Acker/Moorestown, New Jersey turned in the complete-game performance in the net for the Lancers, stopping 10 shots while picking up five ground balls and causing two turnovers to earn the victory.

Longwood attacked quickly, scoring three goals in the first seven minutes of the game. Prasnicki created all three goals, feeding Trainer to put the Lancers on the board before dishing to McHugh twice to make it a 3-0 game with more than 23 minutes still to play in the first half. Old Dominion got on the board just seconds later with an unassisted goal, but Prasnicki connected with McHugh once again to spark a 5-0 Lancer run that lasted almost 12 minutes. McHugh scored once more in the stretch, while Arndt, Barondess and Brentlinger each added one, giving Longwood an 8-1 advantage with 8:39 remaining in the period. ODU ended the streak with another unassisted put-in, but Prasnicki followed with her first goal of the day to make it 9-2 at 3:19. The Monarch's offense went to work in the waning minutes of the half, scoring the last two goals of the period, but Longwood still took a 9-4 edge into the break.

Old Dominion tallied the first goal of the second half to pull within four, but the Lancers answered with a four-goal streak, thanks to a pair of scores from Arndt and one apiece from McHugh and Butler, to pull ahead, 13-5, with less 20 minutes to play. ODU converted on a free-position shot, but Prasnicki and Brentlinger each found the back of the net unassisted, giving Longwood a 15-6 advantage at 18:26. The Monarchs were issued a yellow card, but despite being a player down, scored on a free position attempt to make it 15-7. Barondess fed a strong pass to Prasnicki for her third goal of the day to regain the nine-goal buffer for the Lancers, but ODU responded with four-straight scores, including another player-down goal, pulling within five at 16-11 with just over a minute to go. Longwood extinguished the threat, as Battle won the final draw control of the game. The Lancers maintained possession, running down the clock and adding one more score from Butler with just 18 seconds left to secure the 17-11 victory.

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