April 13, 2014

Acker's 15 Saves Pace Longwood Past Campbell

from press release

FARMVILLE, Va. – Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. logged a career-high 15 saves, as the Longwood University women's lacrosse team defeated Big South Conference opponent Campbell University (5-7, 1-4), 16-8, on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics Complex. With the decision, Longwood improves to 7-7 overall and an undefeated 4-0 in league games. Sophomore Katie McHugh/Burke paced the Lancers' offense with four goals and two assists for six total points. Longwood will remain at home in Farmville to host Big South foe High Point University in a 1 p.m. tilt on Saturday, April 19.

"This win was a great 60-minute team effort," said head coach Elaine Jones. "We talked about playing with intensity from start to finish and I think we accomplished that goal. Also, it was nice to see eight different scorers and five different assisters. Christian was once again outstanding in goal and really anchored a nice defensive effort. Kate (Keagins) has done an awesome job of working with her and is really helping her improve this year."

Three Lancers added four points in the win to help fuel the team's offensive effort. Senior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington and junior Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Md. each recorded one goal and three assists, while junior Kacey Norwood posted two goals and two assists. Senior Mary Barondess/Centreville (3 goals) and sophomore Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia (2 goals, 1 assist) added three points apiece, as well. Junior Liz Trainer/Ellicott City, Md., who registered a pair of goals of her own, led the team with four draw controls on the day.

Campbell broke the game open on a play from behind the net, but Longwood answered with a stretch of four-straight goals to pull ahead, 4-1. Norwood scored the Lancers' first point of the day and assisted McHugh with a strong pass in from the left side in those early minutes. The Fighting Camels answered with two of the next three goals to cut the difference to just two at 5-3, but Butler beat two defenders before putting a hard shot on target that sparked a five-goal Lancer run over the next 12 minutes, giving the home squad a 10-3 edge with four minutes left in the first half. Barondess scored twice during that stretch, converting on a pass from Prasnicki before firing the ball past the opposing keeper and into the upper corner. CU registered the final goal of the period on a free position opportunity with 1:45 to go, but Longwood would still take a 10-4 advantage into the break.

Coming out of halftime, Arndt and McHugh teamed up against the Campbell goalie to extend the difference to seven. Prasnicki followed with an unassisted goal and Trainer took advantage of a fast break, making the score 13-4 with 19:22 still to go. Erica Hitch tallied the first goal of the second half for the Fighting Camels less than 20 seconds later to keep the buffer within single digits. The teams traded possession and played back-and-forth throughout the remainder of the contest, scoring three goals apiece. McHugh found the back of the net on a shot from the top of the crease, while Butler went for the top corner of the goal and junior Sara Jacobson/Gainsville scored with just over 30 seconds to go, sealing the 16-8 decision for the Lancers.

Sunday's contest marked only the second meeting ever between Longwood and Campbell in the sport of women's lacrosse. The Lancers now own a 2-0 record in the all-time series.

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