ECU Lacrosse Unable To Hold Off Longwood

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Published: Mar. 20, 2018 at 10:32 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Longwood scored four unanswered goals in the second half, breaking a 12-12 tie and posted a 17-13 win over ECU at Johnson Stadium Wednesday night. ECU trailed 5-2 early, but rallied to take an 8-7 halftime lead and led 10-7 less than two minutes into the second half.

GAME FACTS

ECU sophomore Emma Bowman and freshman Nicole LeGar each scored a hat trick, while Megan Pallozzi and Ally Stanton netted two goals apiece.

Kaitlin Luccarelli scored a game-high nine goals for the Lancers and Dana Joss netted four.

Pirate senior Morgan Cheripko won 12 of the Pirates’ 19 draw controls. She had 15 total in four games played this season prior to tonight.

The Pirates out-shot the Lancers 33-29.

ECU was 3-of-6 on free position shots and Longwood was 0-for-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Longwood scored the game’s first three goals before Stanton found the back of the net for the Pirates with 22:31 left in the first half.

The Lancers built a 5-2 lead before ECU outscored them 6-2 over the final 19:32 of the first half.

Longwood was ahead 7-4 with less than 10 minutes remaining before halftime and ECU scored the final four goals of the half with two from LeGar and one each from Bowman and Stanton.

The Pirates stretched their lead to 10-7 as LeGar and Bowman scored the first two goals of the second half.

Longwood then scored four goals in eight minutes to tie the game at 11-all with 20:29 to play.

ECU freshman Casey Sullivan tied the game at 12-12 with 15:31 to play before Luccarelli put the Lancers ahead to stay with 13:41 to play. Joss then scored the next goals and Charleigh Kondas capped the run with Longwood’s fourth straight goal with 7:38 remaining.

QUOTES FROM COACH AMANDA BARNES

“It was good to see us come out of the locker room [after halftime] and scored three quick goals, but when you’ve got an opponent you want to finish. You want to keep the pedal down, keep driving and we just weren’t able to do that.”

“To use inexperience and youth in a cop-out. Sure we have a lot of young players on the team, but the fact of the matter is this game [11]. We need to have that maturity and seasoning to finish a game.”

“Morgan Cheripko has been dynamite for us the last three games with what she is able to do off the draw. She’s been a tremendous spark for us.”

UP NEXT

ECU continues its homestand Saturday, March 24, at 12 noon against Delaware State.