April 6, 2014

Longwood Edges Rival Winthrop in 13-9 Win 

from Press Release

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Juniors Kacey Norwood/Chantilly and Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Md. logged five points apiece to lead the Longwood University women's lacrosse team to a 13-9 victory at Big South Conference opponent Winthrop University (3-9, 0-2) on Sunday afternoon in Rock Hill, S.C. Arndt totaled two goals and three assists to tie a career high for points, while Norwood recorded three goals and two assists on the day. With the win, the Lancers finish the first weekend of conference play with a 2-0 record, while improving to 5-7 overall. Longwood will return to action on Friday, April 11 when the team hosts Big South opponent Presbyterian College at 4 p.m.

"We are really proud of our team's effort and execution today," said head coach Elaine Jones. "We came out with a high level of intensity on offense and defense. Once we got momentum, we made sure to keep it and not let up. For the second game in a row, the team really followed our game plan, which was nice to see. Overall, we worked hard and we're happy to get two conference wins out of our trip."

Longwood controlled more draws in the outing, 12-9. Sophomore Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia added to the Lancers' offensive effort with three goals, while classmate Katie McHugh/Burke registered two of her own. Butler tallied a career-high seven draw controls in the outing, as well. Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. notched seven saves in the complete-game performance.

Longwood jumped out to a quick lead with a pair of goals from senior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington and Butler in the first six minutes of play. The Eagles got on the board at 22:43 before the squads traded one more goal apiece to cut to difference to just one at 3-2 with less than 19 minutes to go in the first half. The Lancers pulled away, however, with four consecutive goals. McHugh found the back of the net to get things started before Norwood scored twice and Arndt capped the run with a goal of her own, giving Longwood a 7-2 edge. Winthrop broke the silence with a score at 4:07, but junior Sara Jacobson/Gainesville converted on a free position attempt as the clock expired to put the Lancers on top, 8-3, at the break.

Coming out of halftime, Longwood continued to control the momentum, as Norwood dished a strong pass to Arndt for the shot on goal. The Eagles retaliated with a pair of goals in a span of three minutes, but senior Mary Barondess/Centreville caught a pass from Norwood and fired a hard shot on goal to extend the margin to five at 10-5 with 17:14 still to go. The teams battled back-and-forth in the next six and a half minutes, matching each other goal for goal with Longwood maintaining a five-goal buffer at 13-8 with less than two minutes to play. The home squad was able to score the final point of the day, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit, as Longwood secured the 13-9 victory.

Sunday's contest marked just the second meeting ever between Longwood and Winthrop in the sport of women's lacrosse. The Lancers now hold a 2-0 edge in the all-time series.

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