Tribe Conquers Weather, Dominates Longwood

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (March 25, 2014)-Despite playing in a wintery mix during the entire contest, the William and Mary lacrosse team earned its most convincing victory of the season with a 16-3 triumph against Longwood at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Wednesday.

The Tribe (2-7) dominated all facets of the game and owned advantages in draw controls (13-7), ground balls (27-18) and shots (34-12). Additionally, W&M forced Longwood (2-6) into 24 turnovers, and the final 24:10 of the contest was played with a running clock.

By allowing just three goals, the Tribe posted its best defensive effort since defeating Stetson, 21-3, on March 2, 2013.

The College utilized a balanced attack offensively as eight different players scored goals. Senior Taelor Salmon led the way by matching career highs in points (7) and goals (5), while junior Kaleigh Noon totaled five points (3g, 2a). Junior Alexi Farmakis also came up big with three points (2g, 1a), while senior Bridget Brown added two goals and four ground balls.

Freshman Abby Junior led the defensive effort and recorded a career-high five caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Both teams struggled to put the ball in the back of the cage early in the contest, as the score was tied at 1-1 after the opening 10:18. However, the Tribe closed the opening half with a 9-1 run to build a convincing 10-2 lead at halftime. Much of the production came in the closing minutes of the stanza, as the College scored five goals in the final four minutes.

At the break, W&M held advantages in shots (22-4), draws controls (10-3) and ground balls (19-11), while it forced the Lancers into 14 turnovers. Individually, Salmon already had five points (3g, 2a) while Noon had four points (3g, 1a).

Following the intermission, the Tribe continued to play well and scored the first five goals of the second half to lead 15-2 with 18:17 remaining.

Both teams scored just once more during the remainder of the contest as W&M cruised to the lopsided win.

Mary Barondess led Longwood with two goals, while Katie McHugh added the other score.

The Tribe will return to action when it plays at No. 18 Ohio State on Saturday at noon.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. Senior Mary Barondess/Centreville and junior Sara Jacobson/Gainesville logged two points apiece, as Longwood University dropped a 16-3 decision at in-state opponent William and Mary (2-7) on Tuesday afternoon in Williamsburg.

Barondess recorded two of the Lancers' three goals, while Jacobson tied a career-high with two assists in the outing. Taelor Salmon paced the Tribe with five goals and two assists for seven points. Longwood (2-6) will return to action on Friday, March 28 when the squad welcomes Kennesaw State University to the Athletics Complex in Farmville for a 6:00 p.m. tilt.

William and Mary got on the board first, but sophomore Katie McHugh/Burke quickly responded for Longwood, converting on a good pass from Jacobson less than three minutes later to knot the score at 1-1 with 19:42 remaining in the half.

The Tribe took a three-goal advantage over the next five minutes before senior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington dished a strong pass to Barondess for the shot on goal, cutting the difference to just two at 4-2 with 11:50 to play in the first. The Lancers were unable to come any closer, however, as the home squad found the back of the next six more times to take a 10-2 margin into the break.

Coming out of halftime, William and Mary pulled ahead, 15-2, thanks to five unanswered goals in 12 minutes. Barondess connected with Jacobson for the Lancers' final goal of the day before the Tribe added one more of its own. Both sides were unable to find the net in the last 12 minutes of play, allowing William and Mary to seal the 16-3 decision.

Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. registered nine saves in net for the Lancers. Tuesday's contest marked the eighth meeting ever between Longwood and William and Mary in the sport of women's lacrosse. The Tribe holds a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series.

2014-03-25



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