March 13, 2014

Longwood Beats In-State Foe Old Dominion

from Press Release

FARMVILLE, Va. – Senior Mary Barondess/Centreville tallied a career-high five goals to lead the Longwood University women's lacrosse team to a 16-13 victory against in-state opponent Old Dominion University (2-5) on Thursday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. The Lancers led 16-8 with less than three minutes to play, and although the Monarchs scored the last five goals of the day, held on to seal the decision. Senior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington recorded a pair of goals and a game-high five assists to pace Longwood with seven total points, while sophomore Katie McHugh/Burke added to the offensive effort with five points of her own. Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. registered 11 saves on the day as the backbone of the Lancers' defense. Longwood (2-4) will travel to Elon University to make up a previously scheduled contest on Wednesday, March 19 beginning at 7 p.m.

"I'm proud of our team's effort and play today," said head coach Elaine Jones. "Kate (Keagins) and I worked them really hard this week and they responded. Sarah Butler andMary Barondess set the tone with their draw controls and goals, while playing with a ton of heart and fire. Christian came up with some big saves. Also, the support from the fans certainly helped fuel our team. We did let ODU back in the game with some goals at the end, so we'll work more on understanding how to close out games, but overall, the team stuck to the game plan and really earned this win."

As a team, Longwood outshot ODU, 39-25, and controlled more draws, 19-12. Junior Kacey Norwood/Chantilly logged three goals and one assist for four total points, while sophomore Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia notched three points. Butler added a career-high nine draw controls and Barondess notched a personal-best four caused turnovers, as well.

Old Dominion scored two of the game's first three goals to take a slight edge before Norwood and McHugh scored back-to-back goals less than a minute apart to give Longwood a 3-2 lead. The Monarchs responded to knot the score at 3-3, but Norwood found Barondess inside the box for a hard shot on target, and Butler connected with McHugh on a give and go, putting the Lancers on top, 5-3. Both sides scored once more in the half to send Longwood into the break with a 6-4 edge.

Longwood pulled away with three goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Old Dominion got one back less than thirty seconds later, but Prasnicki dished a good pass to Norwood to spark four-straight goals for the Lancers, giving the home squad a 13-5 lead with 16:33 remaining. Barondess and ODU's Jessica Liberty each scored once in the next three minutes before the Monarchs converted on an unassisted shot and a free position attempt to make the score 14-8 at 8:41. McHugh and Prasnicki teamed up to log the Lancers' final two goals of the outing to give the home squad a 16-8 margin, and although ODU would not go quietly, scoring five goals in the last two minutes of play, Longwood held on to secure the 16-13 decision.

Emily Austerberry led the Monarchs with five goals, while Liberty added one goal and two assists for three points. Thursday's contest marked the sixth meeting ever between Longwood and Old Dominion in the sport of women's lacrosse. The all-time series between the two schools is now knotted at 3-3.

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