Mar 9, 2010

Women’s lacrosse notch first win in program history

by Peter Sawyer

Starting a lacrosse team from the ground up is something that may take some time for head coach Regan Denham. However, her Lady Flames squad opened its inaugural season this week, losing to Longwood on Wednesday and outlasting Howard University on Saturday in overtime.

On Saturday, the Lady Flames traveled to Washington, D.C., for their second game of the season against the Bison. Liberty came back from a dreadful first half to send the game into overtime, eventually scoring in the second overtime period. The 17-16 win over Howard marked the first win in program history.

“The girls showed a tremendous amount of heart today,” Denham said.

Howard drew first blood scoring in the game’s opening half. The Lady Flames were able to tie things up, but the Bison countered with a 7-0 run that gave them an early 8-1 lead. They held onto this lead throughout the first half, tacking on three more goals to finish the first half with an 11-3 lead.

“We had an awful first half,” Denham said.

The Lady Flames refocused during halftime and came out with a new attitude. After allowing a Howard goal, the Lady Flames rallied and went on a 5-0 run, bringing the score to 12-8.

Following a few more goals, it was sophomore Kristin Crowley who scored the game-tying goal with 14 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into overtime tied at 15-15.

In the first of two three-minute overtime periods, the Lady Flames scored two goals to go up over the Bison, 17-15. In the second three minute overtime period, the Lady Flames held the Bison to only one goal, which clinched the 17-16 win.

“It was the girls stepping up and deciding they wanted to play,” Denham said.

Crowley and freshman Lauren See led the Lady Flames with five goals apiece. Sophomore Sierra Clearwater had three goals, while sophomore Anna Starling scored twice. Freshman Candice Parsons and senior Karen Yates each had a goal in the contest.

Earlier in the week on Wednesday, the Lady Flames traveled to Farmville to play their first game of the season against a tougher, more experienced Longwood team. The Lancers won easily, 21-3. Crowley had two goals and See had one in the loss.

“It has been a bumpy ride,” Denham said about the transition from being a club sport to NCAA play.

The Lady Flames have the week off before they travel to Jacksonville, Fla.., to play Long Island University March 14 and Jacksonville University March 18.

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