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Liberty Falls at Home to Lafayette, 16-10
Squaring off against its second consecutive opponent from the Patriot League, the Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team lost to the visiting Lafayette Leopards, 16-10, at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.
The Lady Flames' loss drops their record to 1-2 on the season, while the Leopards' record remains unblemished at 3-0.
Lafayette tallied the first two goals of the contest to take the 2-0 lead with 1:13 expired in the first half. The Leopards' leading scorer Addie Godfrey notched the first goal, while Katie Mischler found the back of the net for the first time this season.
The Lady Flames got on the scoreboard at the 25:35 mark of the opening stanza, when Nina Dunay fired home her fifth goal of the season off of an assist from Morgan Becker to cut Lafayette's lead in half, 2-1.
After Carlianne McCabe tallied a score to up the Leopards' lead to 3-1, Dunay answered with her second goal of the contest to once again pull Liberty within one at 3-2, with 21:01 remaining in the first half.
Lafayette went on a four-goal run over the next 6:43 to expand the lead to 7-2 with just under 14 minutes showing on the first-half clock.
The Lady Flames' began to gain momentum, beginning with Jen Freymond's sixth score of the season with 11:13 left in the half to cut the Leopards' lead to four, 7-3.
Jen Moyer continued Liberty's late first-half surge with assists on the Lady Flames' next two goals. The junior raced past the Lafayette defense on both occasions, feeding Kallie Britton for a score at the 8:58 mark and setting up Becker for a goal with under five minutes remaining in the half. Britton's fourth goal of the year and Becker's sixth tally trimmed the Leopards' advantage to 7-5.
Both teams traded a goal each to finish off the opening stanza. Godfrey scored her second goal of the afternoon for Lafayette, before tri-captain Amber Nichols notched her first marker of the season for Liberty to conclude the half with the score, 8-6, in favor of the visitors.
Coming out of the break, Godfrey scored the third of her six goals on the day a mere 17 ticks into the second half to up the Leopards' lead to 9-6.
Sam Struss tallied an unassisted goal less than two minutes later to once again pull the Lady Flames within two at 9-7.
Two goals was the closest Liberty got the rest of the way. Lafayette scored four out of the contests next five goals to increase its advantage to 13-8 with 12:19 left in the game.
The Lady Flames did not go quietly however, trimming the Leopards' lead to three with 7:09 remaining in the contest. Britton notched her second score of the game and fifth of the season, before Kaci Fogle fired home a goal on a free-position attempt for her first score of the year to make the score 13-10.
Lafayette tallied the final three goals of the game to pull away and collect the 16-10 road victory.
For the contest, Lafayette outshot Liberty, 37-21, and notched 17 draw controls to the home team's 11. The Leopards held the advantage in ground balls, 28-22, and converted on 15-16 clear attempts, while the Lady Flames were successful on eight of 15 attempts.
Leopards' goalie Meghan Curtin collected six saves in the victory.
Liberty takes to the road for its second away contest of the season on Friday at Delaware State. The non-conference matchup with the Hornets is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.