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Lady Flames Defeated by Virginia Tech, 15-6
Despite a season-high 14 saves from goalie Kristen Masullo, the Liberty Lady Flames were knocked off by the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies, 15-6, on Wednesday afternoon at Liberty Lacrosse Field.
With a loss in their final non-conference game of the season, the Lady Flames fall to 5-7 (1-1 Big South) overall. Virginia Tech improves to 7-5 on the year and 3-1 against Big South Conference schools.
The Hokies opened the contest with a quartet of goals in the opening three minutes of the contest. Liberty's Nina Dunay ended the run with the first of her three goals on the afternoon to pull the Lady Flames within three, at 4-1, with 21:12 remaining in the opening half.
After Virginia Tech went on its second 4-0 spurt of the first half, Dunay tallied her second marker of the afternoon with just under four minutes left in the half.
The Hokies' Megan Will recorded her third goal of the game 1:20 later to put the visitors on top 9-2. The Lady Flames trimmed the Virginia Tech lead to 9-4 heading into the break, after goals from Jen Freymond and Morgan Becker in the final 1:02 of the opening stanza.
With 7:57 expired in the second half, Dunay found the back of the net for the third time on the afternoon, and 17th time on the season, pulling Liberty within four, at 9-5.
The Hokies put the game away with six consecutive goals to go on top 15-5 with 3:52 showing on the game clock.
The Lady Flames' final score of the game came from Sam Struss off of an assist from Becker with 2:42 remaining in the contest.
Virginia Tech outshot the Lady Flames, 35-6, and corralled 24 ground balls to the home team's 12. Liberty owned the advantage in draw controls, 14-9, and held the Hokies to only one goal on six free position attempts.
In addition to Masullo's 14 saves, Kristin Boland made three saves, while playing the final 10:18 of the contest for Liberty. For the Hokies, Alex Gale and Alexis Carey each played a half and neither one recorded a save as the Lady Flames converted all six of their shot attempts into goals.
Friday, the Lady Flames will finish their home schedule versus the Presbyterian College Blue Hose at 3 p.m. Before the game, a group of four seniors, Chloe McIntosh, Candice Parsons, Amber Nichols and Jen Freymond, will be honored as part of Senior Day. Those in attendance at Friday's contest against the Blue Hose will be given a free t-shirt.