Longwood Drops Decision Against Virginia Tech

FARMVILLE, Va. - Junior Kacey Norwood/Chantilly notched two goals and three assists for a total of five points, as the Longwood lacrosse team dropped a 15-8 decision against in-state opponent Virginia Tech (3-1) on Wednesday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville.

Longwood trailed the Hokies by just three at the break before being outscored, 9-5, in the second half. Senior Mary Barondess/Centreville added to the Lancers' offensive effort with two goals in the outing, while Megan Will led VT with five goals and two assists for seven points. Longwood (1-2) will travel to Fairfax to play at another in-state foe, this time George Mason University of the Atlantic 10 Conference, on Sunday, March 2 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

"Virginia Tech is a very athletic team and they clearly beat us on the draw," said head coach Elaine Jones. That's something we need to work on moving forward, but we have a resilient team. We'll rebound from this and start working on some things to get ready for the next game."

Virginia Tech took an early 1-0 lead, as Julia Heaps carried the ball out from behind the net before putting a hard shot on goal. Longwood quickly retaliated less than a minute later when Norwood dished a good pass to junior Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Md., who was cutting across the crease, to knot the score at 1-1.

The Hokies pulled away with four consecutive goals over the next six minutes, taking a 5-1 edge. The Lancers put an end to the VT run with an unassisted goal from Norwood to cut the difference to three with 11:05 remaining in the first half. The teams traded one goal apiece in the waning minutes of the period, as sophomore Katie McHugh/Burke found the back of the net for the Lancers to make it a 6-3 VT advantage at the break.

Coming out of halftime, Virginia Tech extended its margin to 7-3 thanks to a well-timed pass from behind the net, but senior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington followed with her lone goal of the day to make it a three-goal margin once again. The visitors scored back-to-back goals just nine seconds apart before Prasnicki sent a pass over the goalkeeper's head to junior Liz Trainer/Ellicott City, Md., who was moving towards the net for the shot, making the score 9-5 at 25:37.

An unassisted goal from Heaps sparked a stretch of five unanswered goals for the Hokies, giving VT a 14-5 lead with just over 11 minutes left to play. Barondess ended the silence for the Lancers with a pair of goals less than six minutes apart, connecting with Norwood for her first score of the day before finding the top corner of the goal on a free position attempt to make it 14-7. Both sides logged one goal apiece in the last four minutes, as Norwood tallied the final goal of the day and Virginia Tech secured the 15-8 decision.

In addition to Barondess, Prasnicki also logged two points with one goal and one assist on the day. Trainer, McHugh and Arndt totaled one goal each, as well. Trainer and sophomore Shiloh McKenzie/Lothian, Md. led Longwood with two caused turnovers apiece, while junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. recorded eight saves and a team-best three ground balls in her complete-game performance.

The Hokies took a 29-18 shot advantage in the outing and controlled 18 draws, compared to seven for Longwood. Meghan Macera and Meg Bartley added five points apiece for the win.

Wednesday's contest marks the 10th meeting ever between Longwood and Virginia Tech in the sport of women's lacrosse. The Hokies now hold an 8-2 advantage in the all-time series.

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