Lancers lose Heartbreaker to Ohio 3-2

FARMVILLE, VA – Longwood field hockey fell to the Ohio Bobcats in a hotly contested affair by a 3-2 scoreline in their first home game after a three-game stint on the road. The game was tied in the final five minutes, but ultimately Ohio would walk away with the win.

Goals (Assises)

1’Ohio: Katelyn Whittle (Mijntje Ligtenberg)

37′ Longwood: Madison Wiley (Maroussia Walckiers)

40′ Ohio: Mijntje Ligtenberg

49′ Longwood: Maroussia Walckiers (Ireland McDermott, Sophie Loscher)

55′ Ohio: Mijntje Ligtenberg

HOW DID IT HAPPEN:

The offense in this game got off to a quick start, as Ohio’s Katelyn Whittle (5-2, 1-1 MAC) scored the Bobcats’ first goal in just 1st minute. Longwood (2-6, 0-2 MAC) responded well, as they outshot their opponent MAC 4-3 in the frame. Neither team was able to get past the goaltenders in the second quarter, and the score would remain 1-0 in Ohio’s favor before halftime.

The Lancers put the pressure on late in the half, beating the Bobcats 7-3 in the third quarter. Madison Wiley started things off for the Lancers, tonight the game at one apiece after throwing a shot home on a pass from Maroussia Walckiers. However, Mijntje Ligtenberg scored in the 40e minute for the Bobcats to take the lead heading into the fourth period.

Longwood continued to press on in the fourth, being rewarded for his efforts with a Maroussia Walckiers objective to equalize the match in the 49e minute. The Bobcats were in scoring position late in the game, and Lara Van Nunen made a miraculous dive to keep the Lancers alive. However, Longwood would not be able to defend the rebound, and Ohio’s Ligtenberg scored again to put the Bobcats in place for good.



WHAT THEY SAID:

“We didn’t show up in the first quarter. We have to find a way to start games strong and play our game,” the head coach said. Miranda Rigg following the loss. “We regained control of the match in the second half with our energy and our efforts on the press, it was great.”

“We played good team hockey,” Rigg said. “Working the ball on the pitch and creating more attacking opportunities than before.”

“We have to use this game to learn and grow and be ready to play against a top team on Sunday,” Rigg said of Longwood’s game against Liberty on Sunday.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:


Today’s game marks the 10e time Longwood faced Ohio, with the series 6-4 in favor of the Bobcats.


Longwood beat Ohio 19-15, with the Lancers also beating the Bobcats on shots 13-8.



Lara Van Nunen recorded five saves, bringing his total for the season to 35.



Maroussia Walckiers six shots led the Lancers, all of which were on target. His 21 shots on goal this season lead the team.

For Walckiers, it was his third multi-point game of his Lancer career and the first of the 2022 season.

Eight Longwood players registered a shot in the game.


Longwood had more corners than Ohio, winning nine to the Bobcats’ six.



NEXT:


The Lancers will be back on the road to take on Liberty University on Sunday, September 25. The first touch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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