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Balanced Attack Leads Liberty to Convincing Win Over Delaware State, 21-4

March 1, 2013
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Sam Struss set a new single-game program-record seven assists on Friday against Delaware State.

Twelve different players tallied goals and Sam Struss recorded a single-game program-record seven assists, as the Liberty Lady Flames knocked off the Delaware State Hornets, 21-4, on Friday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

Liberty's second road win of the season improves its record to 2-2 on the season, while Delaware State falls to 0-3.

Struss' seven assists breaks the previous Liberty single-game record held by Audra Menez, who had six helpers against Lees-McRae on Apr. 23, 2011.

The Lady Flames stormed out of the gates, with five goals in the first four minutes of the contest. Jen Freymond notched the first tally for Liberty, scoring off of an assist from freshman Kallie Britton at the 28:40 mark of the opening half.

Morgan Becker added two goals, while Amber Nichols and Caroline Milwicz each chipped in with one score during the 5-0 run to start the contest.

The Hornets got on the scoreboard with 24:08 showing on the first half clock. Cris Glenn tallied her first goal of the season as Delaware State cut the lead to four at 5-1.

Liberty responded to the Hornets' goal in a big way, rattling off nine goals in a row to take command of the game.

Natalie Silvers began the run for the Lady Flames, notching her first career goal off of a pass from Struss with just under six minutes expired in the first half.

Becker followed up Silvers' goal with her third tally of the game less than 20 seconds later to extend Liberty's lead to 7-1. Struss, Milwicz and Candice Parsons each scored in a span of less than three minutes to up the Lady Flames' advantage to 10-1 with 18:46 remaining in the half.

Freshman Kelly Belue scored two out of the next four goals, as the Liberty lead ballooned to 13. Britton and Nina Dunay added a goal apiece during the run for the Lady Flames.

Delaware State tallied the contest's next three scores, trimming Liberty's advantage to 14-4.

The Lady Flames ended the half with a pair of goals, one each by Amber Nichols and Kacie Fogle, extending their lead to 16-4 heading into the break.

Milwicz found the back of the net for the third time in the game, notching the first goal of the second half for the Lady Flames. The sophomore's fourth marker of the year increased the Liberty lead to 17-4.

Dunay fired home her second goal of the game at the 21:31 mark of the second half, before Becker tallied her team-leading 10th score of the season a little over two minutes later.

The Lady Flames' advantage grew to 20-4 when Silvers recorded her second goal of the game off of Struss' record-breaking seventh assist with 13:19 showing on the second half clock.

Liberty's defense shut down the Delaware State offense in the second half, giving up zero goals and only allowing four shots.

Redshirt-senior Chloe McIntosh concluded the day's scoring with her first goal of the year with just under a minute left in the game, sending the Lady Flames home with the 21-4 victory. 

For the game, Liberty outshot Delaware State, 35-12, and controlled 21 draws to the home team's six. The Lady Flames scooped up 19 ground balls, while the Hornets notched 12.

Liberty was successful on eight out of 11 clear attempts, while Delaware State went 6-for-12 on attempted clearances.

Kristen Masullo made the start in goal for Liberty and notched two saves, before she was replaced partway through the opening half by Kristin Boland, who made one stop.

Rhian Sellers made three saves in between the pipes for Delaware State.

Liberty returns home on Thursday for an afternoon contest versus St. Francis (Pa.). Game time at the Liberty Lacrosse Field is set for 3 p.m.