High Point Takes NLC Battle at Longwood

FARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood University lost its second NLC game of the season with a 12-7 decision against visiting High Point on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville.

Senior Cara O'Brien|Arlington (Bishop O'Connell) scored a game-high five goals in the loss. She now has a team-high 40 on the season and also leads the Lancers (8-5, 4-2 NLC) in points with 48. LU next plays Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia on Tuesday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m.

Longwood jumped out to a two-goal lead to start the game, both via O'Brien, but the Panthers answered with two of their own to notch the score at 2 with 15:25 remaining in the first half. Both Longwood and High Point scored one more each – the Lancer goal coming from senior Kesley Dean|Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's) - making the score 3-3 before HPU scored the next two, entering halftime with a 5-3 lead.

The Panthers opened scoring in the second period, adding two more to finish a four-goal run that started with 9:18 left in the first. At 21:46 on the clock, freshman Lauren Prasnicki|Lexington (Rockbridge County) brought the Lancers within three as they trailed 7-4.

Answering Prasnicki's goal was another four-goal streak for High Point, two of which were scored by Chelsea Thompson who had four overall. O'Brien scored the final three goals for LU, including the last two of the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Panthers' rally earlier in the half.

Senior Juli Liebig|Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's) played the entire 60 minutes and came up with eight saves in goal, while Lauren Hayes played a full game for HPU and recorded seven saves. Liebig also collected a game-high seven ground balls and caused one turnover.

HPU outshot LU 32-19 and won the battle in ground balls 24-19. Longwood did, however, win 13 draw controls to High Points' eight and also finished three free position attempts, while the Panthers converted just two.

“High Point played a high pressure defense and executed their game plan pretty well,” said head coach Missy Ackerman. “Our defense gave us opportunities to put the ball in the net, but our offense wasn't affective in passing and catching. We just had too many turnovers to overcome for the second game in a row.”

High Point allowed 20 turnovers but Longwood gave up 28.

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FARMVILLE, Va. -- High Point cruised to a 12-7 victory over conference rival Longwood behind four-goal efforts by Mackenzie Carroll (Arnold, Md./Severn) and Chelsea Thompson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) on Sunday afternoon at the Longwood Athletic Complex in Farmville, Va. Carroll also added a pair of assists.

"We're super excited to get this road win, and getting our 10th seems like a special one," said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. "We are playing really well right now, our energy and intensity today was unmatched. Chelsea and Mackenzie both steeped up on offense. Patience and possession were the two keys for us on offense."

"Defensively, Courtney McLaughlin was unbelievable all over the field," Boswell added. "She was causing turnovers and making things happen. She came up with the ball at key points in the game for us. We're so excited about the rest of our season."

High Point improved to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the National Lacrosse Conference while Longwood dropped to 8-5 and 4-2.

Behind Carroll and Thompson, four other Panthers scored. Defender Courtney McLaughlin (Apex, N.C./Apex (North Carolina)) had a dominant performance with six ground balls and four caused turnovers and Sara Kuhlman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) also caused four turnovers and added an assist. HPU goalie Lauren Hayes (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown (Connecticut)) made seven saves.

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