Longwood drops women's lax match at UR
The Longwood University women’s lacrosse team fell 24-14 to visiting Atlantic 10 Conference member Richmond Wednesday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. Lancers’ (3-3) senior Cara O’Brien|Arlington (Bishop O’Connell) and freshman Mary Barondess|Centreville (Westfield) each tallied three goals and one assist in the loss to the Spiders (3-6). LU is back at the Athletics Complex in Farmville Saturday, March 19 at 1 p.m.
After a 5-5 deadlock at halftime, scoring opportunities exploded in the second period led off by senior Amanda Bereznay|Gwynn Oak, Md. (Setan Keough) at 25:28 for the first of her three goals. The Spiders then went on a four-goal scoring run, beginning at 23:52 and ending with 22:22 left to play for a 9-6 advantage. Those goals preceded a five-goal scoring run for Richmond later in the half between 8:43 and 3:17, giving them a 21-13 edge, just before a final three-goal kick that started at 2:22 and ended with under a minute to play at 0:50.
After the first run, Longwood was able to cut the lead to one at 10-11 off goals by sophomore Jamie Brentlinger|Gambrills, Md. (Arundel) at 18:30 and Barondess at 17:42; however, the Lancers were heavily outshot by Richmond 48-29 with a second-half tally of 31-13, resulting in a 19-9 goal differential.
Richmond led in all but one other category as well, including a 25-17 edge in ground balls and 22 draw controls to LU’s 18. Longwood did make more saves than Richmond, holding a 17-9 advantage at the hands of senior Juli Liebig|Centreville, Md. (Queen Anne’s) who is credited with the loss for her third of the season. She also tallied three ground balls and one caused turnover.
Richmond’s Mary Flowers scored a game-high six goals and grabbed five ground balls with three draw controls.