Placek leads Campbell past Longwood 16-13

Melissa Placek (scarboroughphotography.com)
Melissa Placek (scarboroughphotography.com)

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FARMVILLE, Va. --- Melissa Placek scored a career-high seven goals to lead Campbell to a 16-13 victory over Longwood Wednesday afternoon. The Camels improved to 4-0 in the Big South Conference and remained in a tie for first place in the league.

Placek's scoring tally matched the highest output this season by a Big South player and was the most goals scored in conference play. Mackenzie Koeller tallied four goals and added an assist for five points.

Kayla Reilly scored two goals and assisted on two others while Sarah Paul also found the back of the cage twice. Tina Ricci tallied a season-high three assists and Sam Carey picked up a season-high eight draw controls.

Campbell (7-6) scored five of the first six goals in the second half and used a 4-0 spurt to take a 13-8 lead with 21:18 left to play. Koeller and Paul each had two scores during the run.

Longwood (5-9, 1-3) responded with three-straight goals to draw within 13-11 of the lead with 15:59 showing on the clock. Dana Joss had two goals during the spurt. However, Placek and Koeller went back-to-back to give the Camels a 15-11 lead with 7:19 remaining in the contest.

The Lancers cut the deficit in half with goals from Riley Dolan and Kaitlin Luccarelli, and trailed 15-13 with 4:37 left to play. LWU held possession with just over two minutes left but Luccarelli turned the ball over near the Camel goal.

Kaitlin Steinbauer put the game away for the Camels on a goal with 35 seconds on the clock before CU took home the three-goal victory. It was Campbell's first ever win at Longwood and the first victory over the Lancers in regular season play.

Merredith Bechler earned the win in goal with nine saves while Imani West took the loss despite matching Bechler's save total. Stephanie Roberts led the Lancers with four goals while Joss scored three times. Dolan had a team-high three assists.

Longwood took its only lead of the game at 2-1 on a goal from Roberts five minutes into the contests. Campbell quickly responded with four unanswered goals to take one of its two three-goal leads in the first half.

However, the Lancers scored twice in the final five minutes of the frame to draw within a goal of the lead at halftime, 8-7. Placek scored five times in the first half.

The Camels held a commanding 22-9 advantage on the draw but a narrow 31-28 advantage in shots. The Lancers forced 13 Campbell turnovers and had a 15-10 advantage in ground balls.

The Camels will play their final home game of the regular season at Barker-Lane Stadium on Saturday against Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. Prior to the contest, the team will honor its three seniors; Bechler, Erin O'Hara and April Reinhart.