March 25, 2014

William & Mary Posts Convincing Win Over Longwood

from press release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. —Despite playing in a wintery mix during the entire contest, the William and Mary lacrosse team earned its most convincing victory of the season with a 16-3 triumph against Longwood at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Wednesday.

The Tribe (2-7) dominated all facets of the game and owned advantages in draw controls (13-7), ground balls (27-18) and shots (34-12). Additionally, W&M forced Longwood (2-6) into 24 turnovers, and the final 24:10 of the contest was played with a running clock.

By allowing just three goals, the Tribe posted its best defensive effort since defeating Stetson, 21-3, on March 2, 2013.

The College utilized a balanced attack offensively as eight different players scored goals. Senior Taelor Salmon led the way by matching career highs in points (7) and goals (5), while junior Kaleigh Noon totaled five points (3g, 2a). Junior Alexi Farmakis also came up big with three points (2g, 1a), while senior Bridget Brown added two goals and four ground balls.

Freshman Abby Junior led the defensive effort and recorded a career-high five caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Both teams struggled to put the ball in the back of the cage early in the contest, as the score was tied at 1-1 after the opening 10:18. However, the Tribe closed the opening half with a 9-1 run to build a convincing 10-2 lead at halftime. Much of the production came in the closing minutes of the stanza, as the College scored five goals in the final four minutes.

At the break, W&M held advantages in shots (22-4), draws controls (10-3) and ground balls (19-11), while it forced the Lancers into 14 turnovers. Individually, Salmon already had five points (3g, 2a) while Noon had four points (3g, 1a).

Following the intermission, the Tribe continued to play well and scored the first five goals of the second half to lead 15-2 with 18:17 remaining.

Both teams scored just once more during the remainder of the contest as W&M cruised to the lopsided win.

Mary Barondess led Longwood with two goals, while Katie McHugh added the other score.

The Tribe will return to action when it plays at No. 18 Ohio State on Saturday at noon.

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