Longwood Blitzes Delaware State to Even Record

FARMVILLE, Va. - Senior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington logged seven assists and a pair of goals for a season-best nine points, as Longwood defeated Delaware State (0-1), 23-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics Complex.

Junior Kacey Norwood/Chantilly added to the Lancers' offensive effort with four goals and four assists for eight total points, while sophomore Katie McHugh/Burke tied a career high with six goals and set a new personal best with seven points on the day. Longwood (1-1) will travel to Fairfax to play at in-state opponent George Mason of the Atlantic 10 Conference on Wednesday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m.

"I'm really pleased with the overall effort today," said head coach Elaine Jones. "I think it was a great team effort. Anytime you have 10 different goal scorers and six different assisters, it shows a very balanced team effort. I thought we did a good job defensively, as well. Shiloh McKenzie hustled, especially in the midfield, and was instrumental in causing turnovers and getting to ground balls."

The Lancers outshot the Hornets, 42-12, in the outing, and controlled more draws, 15-13. Of Longwood's 10 goal scorers, sophomore Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia tallied her second consecutive hat trick, while freshman Rachel DiGiulian/Annandale added three of her own. Junior Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Md. recorded three points, as well, thanks to one goal and a pair of assists.

The Lancers got on the board just over a minute into play, as Prasnicki and McHugh connected for the first of six times on the day. Delaware State was quick to respond with a diving shot from Emily Etkins that found the back of the net to knot the score for the first and only time in the contest.

The Lancer defense held DSU scoreless for the remainder of the half, while the offense went to work with five goals in the next eight minutes. During that stretch, Norwood sent a pass over the net to McHugh for the goal before Norwood logged two of her own and McHugh added two more, giving Longwood a 6-1 advantage with just over 20 minutes to go in the first half.

The home squad would convert on seven more opportunities before the half expired, six of which were assisted, to take a 13-1 lead into the break.

Coming out of halftime, Arndt received the ball following the opening draw and found Butler cutting through the circle for a hard shot on goal. In the next two minutes, Norwood and Prasnicki both found the net thanks to strong passes from behind the goal to give Longwood a 16-1 edge with more than 27 minutes still to play.

The home team scored twice more on shots from junior Sara Jacobson/Gainesville and senior Mary Barondess/Centreville before Delaware State's Chris Glenn converted on a free position opportunity to make the score 18-2 at 19:42 in the second half. Longwood scored five more times in the contest, including a pair of goals from DiGiulian and unassisted goals from Arndt and McHugh. Junior Liz Trainer/Ellicott City, Md. dished a pass to Butler, who was moving across the crease, for the Lancers final score of the day.

The Hornets registered the last goal of the outing with just a minute to play, but Longwood ran down the clock in the final seconds to seal the 23-3 decision.

Trainer, who notched one goal and one assist for two points, registered a career-high five draw controls to lead Longwood. Sophomore Shiloh McKenzie/Lothian, Md. posted career highs of five ground balls and three caused turnovers, as well.

Etkins paced the Hornets with two goals for two points, while Glenn notched one of her own.

Sunday's contest marked the first meeting ever between Longwood and Delaware State in the sport of women's lacrosse.

2014-02-16



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