Jacksonville on Fire Early to Storm Past Longwood

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Sophomore Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia logged three goals and two assists for five total points to pace Longwood in a 22-8 setback at Jacksonville (4-3) on Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla.

Junior Kacey Norwood/Chantilly added a pair of goals in the decision, while senior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington logged one goal and one assist. The Dolphins' Taylor McCord posted a game-high four goals with two assists for six total points to lead her squad to the victory. Longwood (1-4) returns to action on Thursday, March 13 when the team welcomes Old Dominion University to Farmville for a 4:00 p.m. tilt.

"It just wasn't our day," said head coach Elaine Jones. "Some games are like that. We just need to keep moving forward and prepare for ODU."

The Dolphins dominated the momentum in the early minutes of the first half, scoring 10 unanswered goals in the first 12 minutes. Norwood put the Lancers on the board when she received a good pass from senior Mary Barondess/Centreville and fired a hard shot on goal.

Jacksonville followed with four more goals to pull ahead, 14-1, but Butler found the back of the net on a free position attempt before assisting junior Morgan Clark/Gainesville to make the score 14-3 at the half.

Longwood struck first coming out of the break when Butler scored unassisted just over a minute into play. The home squad followed with five of the next six goals, as Butler tallied the lone goal for the Lancers in the nine minute window.

Sophomore Katie McHugh/Burke found the net with 11:32 remaining to make the difference 19-6. In the final minutes of play, Prasnicki logged an unassisted goal and fed a pass to Norwood that resulted in the last goal of the day, as Jacksonville secured the 22-8 decision.

Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. totaled six saves in the outing. In addition to McCord, Kaitlin Stewart and Holly Ventimiglia added to the Dolphins offensive effort with four and three goals, respectively.

Saturday's contest marked the fourth meeting ever between Longwood and Jacksonville in the sport of women's lacrosse. The Dolphins now hold a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series.


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