Women’s Lacrosse Falls in Season Opener

After dropping a 13-10 decision to the Longwood Lancers (1-0) in their season opener, the Mountaineers fall to 0-1. The game was highlighted with goals from 7 different players on a windy Sunday afternoon.

First Year, Kate Kinsella recorded a hat trick in her collegiate debut, while fellow first year, Carly Miller, added two goals of her own to the mix. Sophomores, Taylor Carhart, Emily Davis and Marley Heller (-R) also recorded goals, as did Senior, Sammie Knapp.  

In the first half, the Mount, started off strong. After an early goal from Longwood in the opening two minutes, Kinsella responded with a goal of her own, shooting from right in front of the goal. After that, Longwood went on a 2-0 run to go up 3-1, with 23:07 remaining.

However, a persistent Mount offense would not falter, as 31 seconds later, Heller shot one into the net to cut the deficit to just 1 point. 32 seconds after that, the Mount tied it all up 3-3 with a shot down low from Miller.

The Mount, took a 4-3 lead, their first of the game, with 21:52 left to play, when First Year, Kaitlyn Ridenour, won the face-off and then made a quick pass to Kinsella, then who ran straight down the field and fired it into the goal.

The Mount’s defense then held Longwood scoreless for over 5 minutes, until a Lancer found an open spot to the right corner of the netting and tied it up. The tie would not last for long though, as Longwood geared up offensively and made two extra goals for added insurance to give them a 6-4 lead, with 7:55 left in the half.

With halftime soon coming, Carhart found the extra drive to put one past the Lancer goal keeper and make it 6-5. It appeared as if Longwood would take the lead into the second half, until Miller flung the ball into the ground from the right side of the net. The ball then bounced up and hit the top of the net to give the Mount another goal and tie the game.

During the second half, the game got heated. Each team traded goals in the first 3 minutes with Longwood putting themselves on the board first, followed by a Carhart goal with the assist coming from Miller.

With 18:09 left to play, Davis put the Mount on top, 8-7, from a penalty shot in front of the Lancer goalkeeper. From there, the Mount built upon their lead with Knapp netting the ball in with only 2 seconds remaining on the shot clock to make 9-7.

After Longwood tied it up once again, each team went back and forth, controlling the ball, then turning it over. Longwood eventually took the lead with 6:58 to go, but Kinsella made it a 10-10 game, with her third goal of her collegiate career and 4:43 left to go.

After that, everyone held their breaths as neither team could seem to net that decisive goal. However, with 2:54 remaining, Longwood flung the ball past Sophomore goal keeper, Jillian Petito to take the 11-10 lead.

With Longwood leading, the Mountaineers’ defense fell into shambles as the Lancers tacked on 2 more goals in the final 60 seconds of play, to seal their victory.

Head Coach Lauren Schwarzmann thought that,

“We just had too many turnovers and missed 50-50 balls.” She added, “I think today showed a lot about ourselves. We had a lot of good things going on out there, but at the same time, we have a lot to work on.”


Photo courtesy of Crystal Castillo.

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