McHugh Propels Lancers to Big South Win vs. Coastal Carolina

FARMVILLE, Va. - Freshman Katie McHugh/Burke recorded a season-best six goals to propel Longwood to a 21-8 victory against Big South opponent Coastal Carolina (4-8, 1-2 BSC) on Friday afternoon at the Athletics Complex.

The Lancers (8-5, 3-2 BSC) led by five at halftime before outscoring the Chanticleers, 11-3, in the second half to secure the decision. Two other Lancers also posted six points in the outing to add to the offensive effort, as junior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington tallied five goals and one assist, and senior Jamie Brentlinger/Gambills, Maryland totaled three goals and three assists. Longwood with return to action on Wednesday, April 10 when the squad travels to in-state opponent Virginia Tech for a 4:00 p.m. tilt.

Longwood outshot Coastal, 30-15, in the outing and picked up more ground balls, 19-10. The Lancers also forced 13 of the Chants' 18 turnovers. Sophomore Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Md. registered two goals and three assists for five total points, while classmate Morgan Clark/Gainesville added three points (2 goals, 1 assist).

Junior Alexa Anderson/Richmond and freshman Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia each registered one goal in the victory, and sophomore Sara Jacobson/Gainesville came away with one assist. Junior Emily Whitman/Fairfax logged a career-high four caused turnovers and tied a personal-best with four ground balls. Sophomore Taylor O'Hara/Centreville added a career-high four ground balls, as well.

The Lancers and the Chanticleers opened the game with almost five complete minutes of scoreless play before Longwood got on the board when Brentlinger found McHugh in front of the net for the hard shot past the CCU goalkeeper. Coastal retaliated with back-to-back goals of its own to take its only lead of the day at 2-1 with 18:52 remaining in the first half.

The margin would not stick, though, as Prasnicki carried the ball all the way from the corner of the circle before launching her shot on goal to knot the contest at 2-2. Clark found the back of the net just over 30 seconds later, as she took advantage of a pass from behind the net by Brentlinger, and Prasnicki scored another unassisted goal to give Longwood a 4-2 advantage.

The Chanticleers outscored the Lancers, 2-1, in the next six minutes of play, with the home squad's lone goal coming from McHugh, to make it 5-4 in favor of Longwood at 10:06.

Longwood would not let the game stay close for long, as Arndt sparked a five-goal run when she fired a hard shot while scurrying across the middle of the circle. The Lancers also earned an own goal during the run, as the CCU keeper knocked the ball in her goal on the next play. McHugh, Brentlinger and Clark rounded out the goal scorers during the stretch to put their squad ahead, 10-4. Coastal tallied the final goal of the half, but Longwood still took a 10-5 advantage into the break.

Costal converted on a free position shot to start the second half, but the Lancers answered with eight-straight goals over the next 20 minutes to pull away, 20-6, with 3:23 remaining in the contest. McHugh paced the squad with three scores during the run, while Brentlinger and Prasnicki added two apiece.

The Chanticleers broke the silence with a pair of goals to make it 20-8 with just over a minute to go. Longwood controlled possession in the final seconds and capped off the game with a Brentlinger-Anderson connection with just five seconds on the clock to earn the 21-8 decision.

Friday's contest was the first meeting ever between Longwood and Coastal Carolina, as 2013 marks the first year for the CCU program.


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