March 30, 2004
FARMVILLE, Va. - Junior midfielder Isa Cohen scored three goals and four assists to help Longwood fight off a late Aggie offensive surge en route to a 15-13 win over UC Davis in a collegiate women's lacrosse game dubbed "The Battle of the Banned" on Tuesday. The matchup is so named as both participants are in the process of reclassification to Division I status and are thus ineligible for NCAA postseason play.
Longwood, ranked first nationally by Inside Lacrosse, improves to 9-0 on the season. UC Davis, which moved up to No. 2 in that magazine's Power Poll on Monday, drops to 6-3 overall.
Senior Leslie Kado led the Aggies with four goals and an assist, while Megan O'Connor, Naomi Coffman and Katie McMahon each added two goals. Kado, McMahon and senior Kelly Albin each were named to the game's all-star team.
Cohen, Leanne Kibler and Carlee Ullery were the Lancer representatives to the game's all-star team. Kibler scored two goals with an assist, while Ullery posted a 1-2-3 line.
The two teams battled to an 8-8 deadlock during a first half that featured six ties. Tia Richardson drew first blood for Longwood, scoring on an unassisted play in the first 13 seconds. Stacy Sugarman equalized the goal with her own unassisted score in the fourth minute.
With 12:59 remaining in the first, Kado converted a McMahon assist to give UC Davis a 6-4 lead, the team's largest for the game. The Lancers responded with an Emily Bikowski score at 19:04, then another by Kibler less than 30 seconds later to tie the game at 6-6.
Kado's unassisted goal in the 28th minute tied the game at eight apiece entering the halftime, but it was the last score for UC Davis for almost 26 minutes. The Lancers scored six unanswered goals -- including two by midfielder Sophie Dress and two by Cohen -- to begin the second half.
Kado broke the scoreless drought in the 53rd minute with her fourth goal, and McMahon finished a free-position attempt in the 57th to cut the lead to 14-10. Longwood's Ali Shafer then scored on a Kibler-assisted goal with 2:08 left in the game to push the Lancer lead to five goals.
The Aggies caught fire in the final two minutes of play. Megan O'Connor collected the draw then advanced the ball all the way to the Longwood cage at 58:02. Then Alden Monger scored on a feed from Albin at 59:14 and Albin scored her own free-position goal just 22 seconds later to cut the lead to 15-13.
Stacy Sugarman won the ensuing draw and advanced the ball quickly past the Lancer restraining line. But Shawn Slotke made a fine stick check to jar the ball loose. Slotke won the loose ball and kept possession until the time expired.
In an effort to make the rivalry an annual affair, the game featured first and second-place trophies, plus awards for the six all-star recipients. Each participant received a commemorative T-shirt with "Battle of the Banned" screened upon it. Furthermore, Longwood president Dr. Patricia Cormier threw out the ceremonial first ball to launch the game's festivities.
The Aggies return to the East Coast on April 15-18 for games against Marist (N.Y.), Bryant (R.I.) and Bloomsburg (Pa.)