Longwood Drops Decision Against New Hampshire

FARMVILLE, Va. Longwood University dropped a 15-10 decision against the University of New Hampshire (1-5) on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville.

Three Lancers totaled three points in the outing to lead the squad, including junior Mary Barondess/Centreville with a team-high three goals. Longwood (5-2) returns to action when it travels to in-state opponent Old Dominion University on Wednesday, March 20. First draw is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

In addition to her three points, Barondess led the squad with four draw controls. Freshman Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia, who logged two goals and one assist, and junior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington, who added one goal and two assists, posted three points apiece in the contest, as well.

Freshman Katie McHugh/Burke recorded a pair of goals on the day, while sophomore Sarah Ardnt/Pasadena, Maryland and freshman Sara Jacobson/Gainesville registered one each. Sophomore Liz Trainer/Ellicott City, Md. tallied one assist. Sophomore goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, New Jersey turned away 11 shots in the complete-game performance.

New Hampshire got off to a quick start with two goals in the first three minutes of the game. The Lancers got on the board when Prasnicki set up Barondess with a solid pass for the shot on goal, making it 2-1 at 26:49 in the first half.

The Wildcats retaliated with back-to-back goals, but Jacobson converted on a free position shot to cut the deficit to two at 4-2 with just under 20 minutes remaining in the period. The squads alternated goals, scoring three apiece throughout the remainder of the first with Longwood's points coming from Butler, Ardnt and Barondess to make it 7-5 in UNH's favor at the half.

Neither side was able to find the back of the net for almost five minutes at the start of the second half, but New Hampshire ended the drought with an unassisted goal, extending its lead to 8-5. The Lancers pulled within one at 8-7 at 21:09, thanks to goals from Butler and McHugh.

UNH scored on a free position shot, but Barondess completed the hat trick and made it a one-point game once again, this time at 9-8 with just over 16 minutes still to go. The Wildcats pulled away with three-straight goals in the next four minutes, taking a 12-8 advantage at 9:48 in the second.

Prasnicki beat the defense for the shot and goal, but UNH scored on another free position attempt to make it 13-9 with just over eight minutes to play. Butler found McHugh for Longwood's last goal of the game, but New Hampshire scored twice more, including once in the final seconds to take the 15-10 decision.

Saturday's contest marked the first meeting ever between Longwood and New Hampshire in the sport of women's lacrosse.

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FARMVILLE, Va. Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) and Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) scored four goals apiece and Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) recorded 10 saves to lift New Hampshire to Saturday afternoon's 15-10 victory against Longwood at the Athletics Complex.

UNH, which recorded the advantage in shots (30-22), ground balls (23-17) and draw controls (14-13), improved to 1-5 to mark the first career victory for first-year head coach Sarah Albrecht. Longwood is now 5-2.

Puccia, who matched her season highs in both goals and points, tallied three ground balls, two caused turnovers and career-high six draw controls. Grote, who recorded her first collegiate points, was also credited with two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

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