Apr 27, 2010

Lacrosse falls to Wildcats

by Chris McNair

 

It did not help that Liberty, who came into Saturday’s contest in sixth place with an overall record of 1-10 and 1-5 in conference play, had to close out the last game of its inaugural lacrosse season against second-place Davidson. The Lady Flames’ struggling ways continued, as they fell to the Wildcats at Richardson Stadium, 21-4. 

 Liberty finished the season with an overall record of 1-11 and 1-5 in the National Lacrosse Conference (NLC), while Davidson heads into the NLC Tournament with a more favorable overall record of 7-8 and 5-1 in conference play. 

 Once again the leading ladies for Liberty were sophomores Kristin Crowley and Sierra Clearwater, who carried the load, scoring all four of Liberty’s goals on the afternoon. 

 Haley Cook led the way for Davidson with four goals. Four others contributed with hat tricks of their own. 

 The Lady Flames were never able to get a grasp on Davidson’s relentless attacks and allowed the Wildcats to strike first blood with 14 unanswered goals in the first period. Crowley put Liberty on the board with a goal at 2:58 in the first period, making the score 14-1. That was her 23rd goal of the season. 

 Davidson responded with two goals, extending the lead to 15 going into the half with a score of 16-1. 

 Clearwater led the charge for Liberty in the second half, putting one past the goaltender at the 27:18 mark, bringing the score to 16-2 for her 8th goal on the year. 

 From that point on, the teams traded goals for the remainder of the game. Davidson answered with three goals in the next eight minutes, until Clearwater again tried to rise to the occasion with yet another goal, which brought the score to 19-3.

 Crowley put one more past the goaltender with 9:52 to play, which gave her a total of 24 goals on the season. 

 But, once again, it was not enough to get over the hump, as Davidson scored once more late in the game, bringing the final score to 21-4. 

 Liberty hopes to turn things around this Friday when they begin play in the nine-game NLC Tournament, which will be taking place at Longwood’s Athletic Complex in Farmville, Va. Official game times and seedings will be announced following the final matchup of the regular season between Jacksonville and Presbyterian.  

 

 Contact Chris McNair at 

cjmcnair@liberty.edu. 


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