High Point Triumphs in NLC Match with Longwood

HIGH POINT, N.C. Longwood dropped a 19-9 match at NLC foe High Point on Sunday afternoon. Senior captain Jessica Rudloff|West Chester, Pa. (West Chester) led the group with four points (3g, 1a) against the Panthers (12-3, 6-0 NLC). The Lancers host conference foe Liberty University in their final regular season game for Senior Night on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.

The first half was very close as High Point outshot Longwood just 15-13 and both teams completed six clears, while the score was a low 8-5 in favor of the Panthers at halftime. High Point struck first at 28:56, but junior Jamie Brentlinger|Gambrills, Md. (Arundel) tied it at 1-1 just over a minute later with 27:45 on the clock. HPU scored two more before the Lancers answered with two of their own to tie it again at 3-3 at 18:05.

Again, the Panthers took a one-goal advantage at 17:35, but sophomore Lauren Prasnicki|Lexington (Rockbridge County) tied the game at 4-4 for the third time with 14:47 remaining. That was as close as the Lancers would get the rest of the way as HPU burst for a four-goal run between 13:58 and 3:11 prior to Rudloff closing out the half with a goal at 1:58, bringing the margin to 8-5 entering the half.

Despite Longwood entering intermission with momentum from Rudloff's goal, HPU came out firing with another four-goal run to open the second period, which began at 25:50 and ended at 21:11 to go ahead 12-5. Redshirt-freshman Alexa Anderson|Richmond (St. Catherines) and sophomore Mary Barondess|Centreville (Westfield) bookended two other Panther goals at 20:20 and 16:07, respectively, to pull the Lancers within 14-7.

A third four-goal run by the hosts to take an 18-7 lead extended the margin further out of Longwood's reach. Rudloff scored her final goal at 5:43 prior to HPU's last goal at 2:49 that was followed by a Prasnicki goal, closing out the game at 1:07.

Junior transfer Mollie Zimmerman|Fairpoint, N.Y. (Monroe CC|Catawba College) got the start and took the loss for Longwood, playing the first 47:23, making four saves in each half and collecting three ground balls. Freshman Christian Acker|Moorestown, N.J. (Moorestown) entered in relief for the final 12:37 with two saves, allowing five goals.

Prasnicki scored two goals, including one on a free position attempt, while Barondess added one goal and one assist. Brentlinger netted two, while freshman Sara Jacobson|Gainesville (Battlefield) tallied two assists. Senior captain Hannah Riggs|Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie) led the team in ground balls again with a game-high seven as well as in draw controls, registering four.

Longwood won the overall battle in ground balls, collecting 22 to the hosts 20, and also made 10 saves to the Panthers' nine. High Point, however, registered 21 draw controls and held Longwood to only nine.


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