HPU Downs Longwood to Advance to NLC Title Game

Longwood was able to strike first in the second half. After HPU's Thompson was called for a charge, the Lancers took the ball the length of the field and Mary Barondess scored on an assist by Kesley Dean. Gaeng scored shortly after on a free-position shot to get HPU's lead back to seven. She juked right and shot the ball into the top right corner. Goldman made it 14-6 when she received a great pass from Carroll and shot it in from the near right side, her fourth goal of the game.

There were just two goals in the final 16 minutes of play – first a free-position goal by Longwood's Hannah Riggs before Thompson scored her third of the game with 10:33 remaining.

Statistically, the game was very close but HPU's Hayes was the difference. Longwood led the shot count, 25-22, and outshot HPU 15-9 in the second half. Hayes made 11 saves in the game and seven in the second half compared to Liebig's five for the game.

High Point University plays Jacksonville in the NLC championship game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Davidson, N.C. The Dolphins handed High Point its only NLC loss of the season, a 17-10 defeat on March 25 in Jacksonville, N.C. Since then, the Panthers have won eight games in a row.

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DAVIDSON, N.C. – Longwood had its chance at a third NLC tournament title spoiled by #2 High Point on a 15-7 decision in the semifinal game in Davidson, North Carolina Saturday afternoon.

Senior captain Kesley Dean|Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's) led the Lancers again with 2 goals and 1 assist, ending her collegiate career with a team-high 19 assists and second-most goals (34). The Lancers went 1-1 in the NLC Tournament, and this is the first time they will not play in the championship game. Longwood matched its overall record from 2010 (10-8) and finished 5-2 in conference action during the regular season.

Holding the Lancers to just two goals in the second half and producing a 12-goal first half, the Panthers held true to their #2 seed, advancing to the championship game with the win. Other than the goal differential, the game was relatively evenly matched, including better numbers from Longwood in some categories, as the Lancers took 25 shots and HPU took 22, and ground balls were 25-20, respectively. Longwood's draw controls total was doubled by High Point, however, 16-8.

At 6:33 in the first period, Longwood pulled within three goals (7-4) via junior Jess Rudloff|West Chester, Pa. (West Chester East) after a dish from classmate Sam Stifler|Jarrettsville, Md. (North Harford), but HPU finished five more leading into halftime for a 12-5 advantage.

“We played a very hard game, we just didn't play a very smart one,” said head coach Missy Ackerman. “And our execution wasn't there. We were really just outplayed by High Point, and we wish them the best of luck; they were the better team today.”

Senior captain Juli Liebig|Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne's) played the full 60 minutes in goal with five saves.

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2011-04-30



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