FARMVILLE, VA – The Winthrop lacrosse team battled in its inaugural Big South conference game Wednesday, but fell 14-11 on the road to the Longwood Lancers.
Winthrop fell to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference while Longwood improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big South.
Longwood got off to a quick start, netting its first goal in the opening minute and its second just over three minutes in. The Eagles got their first tally with 25:32 on the clock from the stick of Shannon Gallagher on an assist from Claire Feeney. Megan Wallenhorst tied the contest at 2-2 just over five minutes later.
Wallenhorst grabbed her second goal of the contest and 17th of the season less than a minute later to give the Eagles a 3-2 advantage. She was assisted on her second goal by Logan McCarthy. Longwood then went on a tear, scoring five unanswered goals to take a 7-3 lead with 9:45 remaining in the first half.
Shannon Gallagher stopped the bleeding with her second tally of the game with 7:05 remaining. The Lancers added one more goal with 3:45 on the clock before the half to go up 8-4, a lead they took into the break.
Neither team was able to gain much momentum to start the second half, before Longwood grabbed its ninth goal of the contest with 21:36 left in the game. The Lancers increased their lead to 10-4 less than a minute later.
Mary Accomando scored her third goal of the season with 21:04 on the clock to pull Winthrop within 10-5. After a Longwood goal, Wallenhorst netted her third of the game to make it 11-6.
The Lancers increased their lead back to six, but Winthrop made a charge with two consecutive goals by Gallagher and Claire Feeney to get within four with just under 12 minutes on the clock.
Winthrop continued to pressure the Lancers. After Longwood went up 13-8, the Eagles went on a 3-0 run fueled by goals from Gallagher, Claire Feeney and Logan McCarthy to get within 13-11 with 3:33 left, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Shannon Gallagher finished with four goals off of six shots. Megan Wallenhorst added three additional goals while Claire Feeney finished with two.
The Eagles will return to action on Friday at home when they host the Kennesaw State Owls at 4 p.m. at Eagle Field