March 30, 2013

Longwood Mounts Comeback to Beat W&M

from press release

FARMVILLE, Va. – Senior Jamie Brentlinger/Gambrills, Maryland logged a game-high five goals and six total points, as the Longwood University women's lacrosse team mounted a second-half comeback to defeat the College of William and Mary (3-7), 12-10, on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. The Lancers (7-4) trailed 6-4 at halftime before outscoring the visitors, 8-4, in the second to secure the victory. Longwood returns to action on Tuesday, April 2 when the squad hosts the United State Naval Academy for a 3 p.m. tilt.

"This was a great win for us," said head coach Elaine Jones. "William and Mary is a tough opponent, who ran over us last year. We showed a lot of mental toughness and determination in battling back from being behind throughout the majority of the game. There are still plenty of things we need to continue to work on for our upcoming games, but I was really pleased with our overall effort and intensity today."

Brentlinger added one ground ball, one draw control and one caused turnover on the day, as well. Four Lancers tallied two points apiece in the outing. Juniors Mary Barondess/Centreville and Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington posted a pair of goals each, while sophomore Sarah Arndt/Padadena, Md. logged one goal and one assist, and sophomore Liz Trainer/Ellicott City, Md. recorded two assists. Freshmen Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia and Katie McHugh/Burke rounded out the goal scorers for Longwood with one apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, New Jersey played the full 60 minutes in net to earn the win, setting new career highs with five caused turnovers and five groundballs, while making 10 saves.

Longwood posted the first goal of the contest, as Brentlinger took control of the ball, dribbled all the way through the circle and sent a hard shot past the Tribe's goalkeeper to put her squad up, 1-0. William and Mary responded quickly with three consecutive goals to take a 3-1 advantage with 18:48 remaining in the first half. The Lancers did not stay down for long, though, thanks to a free-position goal from Prasnicki and another unassisted score from Brentlinger, knotting the game at 3-3. The Tribe and the Lancers traded goals just a minute apart to tie the score again at 4-4, but William and Mary followed with two in a row to pull ahead, 6-4. Neither squad was able to find the back of the net in the final 10 minutes of the first half, as the visiting Tribe went into the break with the two-goal advantage.

The Lancers pulled within one just over 30 seconds into the second half when Arndt converted on a free-position attempt, making it 6-5. William and Mary answered with an unassisted goal to regain its two-goal buffer, but Prasnicki found the back of the net at 18:54 to spark a five-goal Lancer run and give the home squad its first lead of the day, up 10-7. Brentlinger scored twice during the stretch, while Barondess and Butler each logged one goal, as well. William and Mary would not go quietly, however, as the team posted back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to just one at 10-9. The Lancers regained the momentum with Brentlinger-McHugh and Trainer-Brentlinger connections, making it 12-9 in favor of the home squad. The Tribe scored once more in waning minutes of the contest, but Longwood held on to take the 12-10 victory.

Saturday's contest marked the seventh meeting ever between Longwood and William and Mary in the sport of women's lacrosse. The Tribe still holds a 5-2 edge in the all-time series.

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