Longwood Tops Winthrop for Big South Win

FARMVILLE, Va. Longwood picked up a 14-11 decision against Big South Conference opponent Winthrop (4-4, 0-1) on Wednesday evening at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. Senior Jamie Brentlinger/Gambrills, Maryland led the Lancers with a career-high six goals for six points in the win. Longwood returns to action on Saturday, March 16 when the squad welcomes the University of New Hampshire for a 12:00 p.m. tilt.

In addition to her six points, Brentlinger added three draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover. Junior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington added to the offensive effort with three goals and three assists for six points, as well. Junior Mary Barondess/Centreville also had a hat trick, along with one assist for four points.

Freshman Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia set up a pair of scores for two points. Freshman Katie McHugh/Burke and sophomore Sarah Ardnt/Pasadena, Md. rounded out the LU goal scorers with one apiece. Sophomore Christian Acker/Moorestown, New Jersey picked up the decision in net with a complete game performance that included a personal-best 12 saves.

"It was nice to get a conference win in our Big South home opener," said head coach Elaine Jones. "We had great fan support, which really helped boost our play. Also, Christian had an amazing game in goal, which energized us on the defensive end, while Jamie and Lauren really stepped up on the offensive end. Although we still need to be sharper in some areas, I'm pleased with our overall effort and the win."

The Lancers got off to a quick start with the first two goals of the game, as Barondess found the back of the net on a free position attempt and McHugh followed with a hard and low shot from the left side that skidded past the opposition to give LU an early 2-0 advantage at 26:53 in the first half.

Winthrop answered with three consecutive goals, taking its only lead of the day at 3-2, but Brentlinger converted on a free position shot to spark a five-goal run and give the Lancers a 7-3 margin with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first. The Eagles scored an unassisted goal to break the silence, but Longwood retaliated when Prasnicki hit Brentlinger with a strong pass in front of the net for the running shot, making an 8-4 Lancer lead at halftime.

Longwood came out of the break in much the same fashion as in the first period, scoring two quick goals, thanks to unassisted put-ins from Ardnt and Brentlinger, to pull ahead, 10-4. The squads traded goals with two apiece to make it a 12-6 contest with less than 12 minutes to play.

Winthrop would not surrender, however, rallying to score five of the next six goals to cut the deficit to just two at 13-11 with 3:33 remaining. The Lancers took possession and ran a successful stall in an effort to run out the clock and preserve the upper hand. With the green light for an attempt on goal, Prasnicki carried the ball from behind the net for the final score of the game, as LU secured the 14-11 victory.

Longwood outshot Winthrop, 32-27, and had a slight edge on draw controls, 14-13. Wednesday's contest marked the first meeting ever between Longwood and Winthrop in the sport, as 2013 marks the first season for the Eagles' women's lacrosse program.

2013-03-13



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