Lancers Drop Big South Clash to Davidson

FARMVILLE, Va. - Senior Mary Barondess/Centreville and junior Liz Trainer/Ellicott City, Md. tallied four points apiece, as the Longwood lacrosse team faced a 13-9 setback against Big South Conference opponent Davidson (10-5, 6-0) on Friday at the Athletics Complex.

Although the Lancers held a 6-4 lead at halftime, the Wildcats scored seven-straight goals after the break to pull away. Barondess posted a team-high four goals in the decision, while Trainer notched a career-high three assists with one goal en route to her personal-best four points.

Davidson's Emily Cooke tallied five assists for a game-high five points in the outing. Barondess, along with classmates Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington and Kathleen Battle/Nellysford, were recognized in a special Senior Day ceremony prior to the game. Longwood (7-9, 4-2) will wrap up the regular season at Big South and in-state rival Liberty University on Sunday, April 27. First draw is slated for 1:00 p.m.

"Today was a tough loss to a good team," said head coach Elaine Jones. "We started off strong and the team definitely worked hard at both ends of the field. We had all the momentum going our way, but a few unfortunate mistakes put us in a hole and we weren't quite able to recover. We can't dwell on it, though, because we need to get ready for our game on Sunday."

In addition to Barondess and Trainer, junior Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Md. added to the offense with two goals and one assist for three points. Junior Kacey Norwood/Chantilly and sophomore Katie McHugh/Burke also logged one goal each, while sophomore Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia tallied a pair of assists, as well. Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. totaled eight saves on the day.

The teams played evenly-matched defense in the early part of the first half, as each side was only able to log one goal in the first 10 minutes of action. Arndt dished a pass from behind the net to Barondess for the Lancers' first goal of the day, knotting the score at 1-1. Longwood followed with two more consecutive goals when Trainer assisted McHugh before converting on her own free position opportunity, giving the home squad a 3-1 edge at 14:45.

The Wildcats cut the difference back to one on an unassisted goal, but Trainer aided her squad once again, feeding a quick pass to Norwood, who was cutting towards the net. Less than 30 seconds later, Davidson answered to make the score 4-3, although Arndt and Barondess tallied back-to-back goals to help the Lancers pull ahead by three. Davidson logged the final point of the first half, but the Lancers held on to take a 6-4 advantage into the break.

Coming out of halftime, the Wildcats' offense was quick to attack, scoring seven consecutive goals in the first 13 minutes of play to pull away, 11-6. Butler connected with Arndt and Barondess to end the silence for Longwood, making the score 11-8 with just over nine minutes remaining. The Lancers would not come any closer, however, as Davidson notched two of the final three goals to secure the 13-9 decision.

Friday's contest marked the 17th meeting between Longwood and Davidson in the sport of women's Lacrosse. With the win, the Wildcats now hold a slight, 9-8 advantage in the all-time series.

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FARMVILLE, Va. - Senior Erin Doherty matched a career-high with four goals and Davidson overcame a two-goal halftime deficit with a 8-0 run in helping head coach Kim Wayne win her 50th career game in a 13-9 victory at Longwood Friday afternoon in Big South women's lacrosse at the Athletics Complex.

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