Prasnicki, Norwood Lead Longwood's Rout vs. Presbyterian

FARMVILLE, Va. - Senior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington and junior Kacey Norwood/Chantilly tallied nine points apiece to lead Longwood to a 21-4 victory against Big South opponent Presbyterian (4-8, 0-3) on Friday afternoon at the Athletics Complex.

Prasnicki tied a season-high with seven assists and added two goals, while Norwood matched career-highs with six goals and three assists in the decision. Sophomore Katie McHugh/Burke added to the offensive effort with five goals and two assists for seven total points.

With the victory, the Lancers improve to 6-7 this season, including an undefeated 3-0 in conference games. Longwood will return to action on Sunday, April 13 when the squad hosts Big South opponent Campbell University beginning at 1:00 p.m.

"I'm pleased with the win," said head coach Elaine Jones. "Although we didn't come out to start the game with as much intensity as I felt we should have, the team did a great job of picking it up in the second half. Overall, we had a nice offensive day and Christian (Acker) came up with a lot of good saves."

The Lancers outshot the Blue Hose, 44-17, and controlled more draws, 21-6. Sophomore Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia and senior Mary Barondess/Centreville helped fuel the offense with four and three goals, respectively, while junior Liz Trainer/Ellicott City, Md. rounded out the goal scorers for Longwood with one of her own.

Barondess posted a career-high nine draw controls, as well, and Trainer added a team-best four ground balls. Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. totaled 10 saves in the complete-game performance.

Longwood was quick to attack in the opening minutes of play, as Prasnicki and Norwood connected to give the squad a 1-0 edge less than a minute into play. The home squad followed with five more consecutive goals over the next 20 minutes, including three from Butler, to pull ahead, 6-0, with 9:36 remaining in the first half.

Presbyterian got on the board with back-to-back goals less than a minute apart, thanks to a free position attempt and a shot from close range, to cut the difference to just four. The visitors would not come any closer, however, as Prasnicki found Norwood breaking across the net for the shot on goal, making the score 7-2.

In the waning minutes of the half, Norwood sent a one-touch pass to Barondess, who fired low into the net before scoring unassisted on her next time down the field to give the Lancers a 9-2 advantage at the break.

The Lancers continued to control the momentum coming out of halftime. Butler earned the first draw control of the period and carried the ball all the way down the field before firing a shot past the opposing keeper to give her squad an eight-goal buffer. Longwood followed with three more goals in the next two minutes, pulling away, 13-2.

PC's Maddie Seiloff took advantage of a free position attempt for her squad's third goal of the game, but Trainer answered with a free position goal of her own before McHugh fed Norwood for a shot on target to extend the difference to 15-3 at 17:53. The Blue Hose would find the back of the net once more in the outing, but with the help of two from each McHugh and Norwood, Longwood registered six more goals in the final minutes en route to the 21-4 decision.

Fridays contest marked the sixth meeting ever between Longwood and Presbyterian in the sport of women's lacrosse. The Lancers now hold a 6-0 advantage in the all-time series.

2014-04-11



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