Members of ECU's women's lacrosse team take field during a recent game. 

East Carolina University women’s lacrosse (4-1, 0-0 AAC) defeated Longwood University (1-3, 0-0 Big South) 12-7 on Wednesday. The Pirates extended their win streak to four and handed the Lancers their second consecutive loss. The Pirates' four-game win streak marks the longest win streak in the program’s young history.

The Pirates came out swinging with the draw control by junior midfielder Nicole Legar to start the match. Legar would work the ball downfield and score the opening goal of the contest in less than a minute, marking her tenth on the season and first of two against the Lancers.

“We make it a big emphasis on getting the first start, getting the first draw and scoring the first goal to kind of set the tone and I think we definitely did,” Legar said.

After the quick goal, the Pirates would make possession a point of emphasis in the first half and out dualed the Lancers on draws 6-4. The Pirates would also chase down nine ground balls to Longwood’s five.

“I think for us there is definitely an emphasis. Not just in practice, but in-game performance on winning that 50/50 opportunity, beating your girl to get those balls, those extra plays because they add up,” ECU head coach Amanda Moore said.

Winning those draws and ground balls sure did add up for the Pirates as they would take 24 shots in the first half alone and finish with 38 total. The Lancers would finish with just 21 total shots in the contest.

At the end of the first half, the Pirates held a 7-2 lead over the Lancers and would do just enough in the second half to maintain that lead. Each team scored five goals in what seemed to be a much more even half of play. In fact, neither team really bested the other in any statistical category other than penalties.

The frustrated Longwood team had five penalties in the second half, compared to just one in the first half.

Junior attacker Ally Stanton was unstoppable against the Lancers as she earned her second hat trick of the season and finished with four total goals and one assist.

“It felt good. I felt like our team had a lot of momentum today and that was helping me,” Stanton said.

The Pirates have scored twelve or more goals in each of their four victories this season, failing to meet that mark just once in the narrow 14-11 loss to Furman University (2-2, 0-0 SoCon).

The Pirates look to score fast and score in abundance, but they aren’t just launching shots in the opposing team's goalkeeper. ECU has totaled more shots on goal than their opponent in each of their four wins this season. Not just taking more shots, but taking more good shots too.

After hosting the Lancers on Wednesday, the Pirates will go on the road to face off against the Virginia Commonwealth University (2-2, 0-0 A10) Rams on Sunday in hopes to notch their fifth win of the season and tie the program record for most wins in a season.

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