Longwood Wins Regular Season Finale at Liberty

LYNCHBURG, Va. Longwood won its final regular season game with an 18-10 decision and passed NLC opponent Liberty Thursday afternoon on the road in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Freshman Lauren Prasnicki|Lexington (Rockbridge County) carried the Lancers (9-7, 5-2 NLC) with four goals and one assist on the day. With the win, LU will enter the NLC tournament as the No. 3 seed, beginning Friday, April 29 with times and opponents yet to be determined.

Senior Kesley Dean|Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's) also stepped up for Longwood, scoring four goals of her own on seven shots, adding one draw control. Seven other Lancers added to the offensive arsenal, including sophomore Jamie Brentlinger|Gambrills, Md. (Arundel), junior Sam Stifler|Jarrettsville, Md. (North Harford) and senior Cara O'Brien|Arlington (Bishop O'Connell) with two goals each. O'Brien also tallied her 10th assist on the season tied for third on the team on the game's first goal by Stifler, and extended her team-high goals to 45.

Longwood held its biggest lead of the game twice, first at 17-8 at 2:36 remaining off a goal from Brentlinger who added the game-winner her third of the season earlier with 18:18 ticks on the clock. The other nine-goal lead came shortly after via junior Karen Nirschl|Herndon (Bishop O'Connell) at 1:56 to go, making it 18-9.

Senior Juli Liebig|Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's) played the duration in goal for Longwood, stopping seven shots and collecting two ground balls with as many caused turnovers. The Lancers outshot the Flames 38-22 and collected 18 draw controls to Liberty's 12. Longwood also converted four of its seven free position chances.


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