Longwood Defeats Davidson in NLC Championship

FARMVILLE, Va. The Longwood University women's lacrosse team defeated Davidson College 17-9 to claim the 2010 National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) tournament championship on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville.

The Lancers placed four players on the NLC All-Tournament team, led by junior Kesley Dean/Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's) who earned tournament MVP honors as well. Joining her on the All-Tournament team were junior Morgan Illian/Salisbury, Md. (Parkside), sophomore Hannah Riggs/Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie) and junior Duan Wright/Church Hill, Md. (Queen Anne's). The Lancers end the season with a 10-8 record, including a perfect 6-0 mark in NLC competition, while Davidson fell to 9-9.

The Lancers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after goals by Dean and senior Page Farmer/Richmond (St. Catherine's) in the first two minutes of the game. The Wildcats answered with a goal from Haley Cook but the Lancers went on a 4-0 run over a nine-minute stretch to take a 6-1 lead. Junior Amanda Bereznay/Gwynn Oak, Md. (Setan Keough) assisted on two of the goals. Davidson stopped the run with a goal by Jenne Mugele with 5:01 remaining in the half. Illian scored her second goal of the game with 4:14 left in the half to give Longwood the 7-2 lead.

The Lancers struck quickly in the second half, scoring the first three goals, to take a 10-2 lead with 24:42 remaining. Senior Carlie Nethken/Hanover, Md. (Long Reach) scored one of those goals on a free position shot while Wright and junior Cara O'Brien/Arlington (Bishop O'Connell) each added a goal. The Wildcats' Emily Rahill scored to cut the Longwood lead to seven, but Illian, Dean and Wright scored three goals in four minutes to push the lead to 10 with 14:48 remaining.

Davidson scored a pair of goals to trim the deficit to eight but junior Karli Brentlinger/Gambrills, Md. (South River) answered with a goal to put the Lancers ahead 14-5 with 9:02 left in the game. After two more goals by Davidson, the Lancers scored three goals to push ahead 17-7. Davidson countered with a pair of goals in the final 75 seconds to make the final score 17-9.

Longwood was led by Illian with four goals on six shots while O'Brien added two goals and one assist. Dean, and Wright each scored a pair of goals and Wright had a team-high five draw controls. Bereznay finished with a pair of assists while Karli Brentlinger, Farmer and freshman Jamie Brentlinger/Odenton, Md. (Arundel) each had one goal with one assist.

Nethken scooped a team-high five ground balls with one goal and two draw controls. Junior Juli Liebig/Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's) received the win after allowing three goals in the first 44:45 in goal while recording five saves. Senior Eliza Coughter/Charlottesville (Charlottesville) had five saves over the final 15:15 of the game.

Davidson was led by Haley Cook (3g, 1a) and Emily Rahill (3g) while Jen Crawford scored one goal with three assists. Michelle Pav allowed 17 goals while making 12 saves. Erin McGuire had six draw controls to lead the team.

The Lancers outshot the Wildcats 37-21, including 18-7 in the first half. Longwood had a 25-15 advantage in ground balls and edged Davidson in draw controls 15-13. Both squads went 2 for 5 on free position attempts. Longwood turned the ball over 12 times and forced 18 Wildcat miscues.

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FARMVILLE, Va. - In its first National Lacrosse Conference finals, Davidson was not able to overcome a four-goal run by Longwood in the middle of the first half that saw the Lancers break open a close contest and earn its second NLC tournament title with a 17-9 win on Sunday afternoon on the campus of Longwood University.

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2010-05-02



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