Longwood Outguns Kennesaw State

FARMVILLE, Va. Sophomores Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia and Katie McHugh/Burke set new career highs with eight points apiece to lead Longwood to a 22-12 non-conference victory against Kennesaw State (0-7) on Friday evening in Farmville.

The Lancers led by just four at halftime before scoring a season-best 15 goals in the second half. Butler tallied a career-high six goals, in addition to two assists on the night, while McHugh notched four goals and a personal-best four assists. Longwood (3-6) will make the short trip to visit in-state opponent the University of Richmond on Sunday, March 30 for a 1:00 p.m. tilt.

"This was a nice win," said head coach Elaine Jones. "Although our team started off a little slow, we definitely picked it up as the game went on. We did a great job of limiting their turnovers, we picked up our scoring and played with a high level of intensity, which are all the things we have been working on improving. I was also really pleased with our attackers, who not only scored goals, but worked hard to create multiple assists, as well. We look forward to carrying this momentum into the next game."

The Lancers outshot KSU, 47-26, in the decision, while collecting more ground balls, 23-16. Junior Kacey Norwood/Chantilly added to the team's offensive effort with four goals and two assists for six total points, and classmate Sarah Arndt/Pasadena turned in a season-high five points thanks to two goals and three assists. Seniors Mary Barondess/Centreville (4g) and Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington (2g, 2a) recorded four points each, as well. Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. totaled 10 saves in the complete-game performance.

Kennesaw State scored back-to-back goals in the first 13 minutes of play to take an early advantage. The Lancers were quick to respond, however, with five consecutive goals over the next seven minutes. During the stretch, Barondess and Butler combined for four goals before Arndt connected with Prasnicki to give Longwood a 5-2 edge with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half.

The Owls cut the deficit to two, but Arndt converted on a free position attempt and Prasnicki dished a strong pass to Norwood for the shot on goal, putting the Lancers ahead, 7-3, heading into the break.

Coming out of halftime, the attack for both sides went to working, combining for 24 goals compared to just 10 in the previous period. KSU struck first, scoring three of the first four goals to pull within two once again at 8-6. The Lancers answered with three-straight scores from McHugh, Butler and Prasnicki to take an 11-6 edge at 22:58.

After the Owls notched an unassisted goal, Longwood retaliated with three more of its own, giving the home squad a 14-7 lead with just over 20 minutes to go. Kennesaw State registered three goals in the next eight minutes compared to just one for the Lancers, an unassisted score by Norwood, to make it a 15-10 difference. Butler then found the back of the net three times, as Longwood totaled seven goals in the waning minutes to seal the 22-12 victory.

Sydney Farwick paced the Owls with four goals and one assist for five points, while Haley O'Donoghue and Olvia Hokanson added four points apiece in the outing. Friday's contest marked the first meeting ever between Longwood and Kennesaw State in the sport of women's lacrosse.

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FARMVILLE, Va. When Kennesaw State headed to Farmville, Virginia for the weekend, they wanted to keep improving and continue doing the small things it takes to build a successful program.

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