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Lady Flames Lacrosse Downed by George Washington
Sam Struss and Nina Dunay each recorded hat tricks, but the George Washington offensive attack proved to be too much as the host Colonials downed the Liberty lacrosse team, 21-10, on a cold afternoon at GW Lacrosse Field.
The Lady Flames' record drops to 1-4 overall and 0-4 on the road. George Washington improves its record to 2-1, with both wins coming at home.
The Colonials struck first to open the contest, scoring a pair of goals in the first four minutes of the first half. Rachel Mia notched the first of her five goals for the day, before Allie Rash chipped in what ended up being the first of four markers in the contest.
Liberty outscored George Washington 3-2 over a span of 11:42, pulling the visitors within one at 4-3. Struss, Alyssa Kidder and Dunay each tallied a goal during the run. Kidder notched her third assist of the year, setting up Dunay's marker with 12:58 showing on the first half game clock.
The Colonials pushed their lead to 8-3 with a four-goal run, which was capped by Mia's third marker of the contest.
The Lady Flames battled back with goals by Morgan Becker and Dunay, trimming their deficit to 8-5 at 7:23.
After George Washington upped its lead to 10-5 on a pair of Jamie Bumgardner scores, Liberty's Courtney Brown closed the half with a goal, sending the contest to the break with the score 10-6 in favor of the Colonials. Brown's fourth tally of the season was set up by Struss' first assist of the year.
Both teams notched a goal in the opening 10 minutes of the second frame. Struss found the back of the net for the second time in the game, making the score 11-7 George Washington at 20:04.
The Colonials tallied a trio of goals in less than two minutes to open up the match. Dunay ended the George Washington scoring run with her third score of the game and seventh overall for the season. Michaela Rich was credited with the assist on the play to help pull Liberty within six at 14-8 with 14:18 remaining until the final horn.
After Bumgardner tallied the fifth of her game-high six goals at 13:54, Kallie Britton set up Kidder's second marker of the match and fifth overall for the season.
George Washington outscored the Lady Flames 6-1 over the final 10 minutes of the game to earn the 21-10 victory. Struss capped her third hat trick of the season with an unassisted goal at the 1:20 mark of the second stanza.
Liberty tallied a season-high 24 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers in the loss. The Lady Flames notched 23 shots and 14 draw controls. The Colonials recorded 42 shots, 30 ground balls, 18 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers.
Jen Moyer paced the visitors with five ground balls and tied Dunay for the team lead in caused turnovers with three. Britton topped Liberty in draw controls with five.
Julia Lawson had a game-high seven ground balls and four caused turnovers for George Washington, while Jenn Seitz secured a contest-best seven draws.
Kristen Masullo and Kristin Boland each saw action in between the pipes for the Lady Flames, with Masullo earning the start and playing 24:36, before being relieved by Boland who saw 35:24 of action. Both goalkeepers made five saves apiece. Mackenzie Jones stopped seven shots en route to the victory for the Colonials.
Liberty will take a week off before returning to play on March 5 against George Mason. The contest is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at Liberty Lacrosse Field.