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Lady Flames Race Past Blue Hose on Senior Day, 16-10
Seven different players scored goals, including a game-high five tallies from Nina Dunay, as the Liberty Lady Flames knocked off the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, 16-10, on Senior Day at Liberty Lacrosse Field. The contest served as the last home game for Liberty's four seniors, Chloe McIntosh, Candice Parsons, Jen Freymond and Amber Nichols.
The win improves the Lady Flames to 6-7 on the season, and more importantly, 2-1 in Big South Conference games. Liberty finishes the year with a 4-5 mark in home contests. Presbyterian College falls to 2-11 (0-3 Big South) overall.
Liberty jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage in the opening 5:46 of the game. Dunay and Kallie Britton, the Lady Flames' top two goal scorers on the day, notched the first two markers of the contest. Sam Struss found the back of the net for the 12th time this season, giving Liberty its third goal of the afternoon.
The Blue Hose trimmed the Lady Flames' edge to one after goals from Lauren Lefeber and Maddie Seiloff with 17:11 remaining in the opening stanza.
Liberty's offense erupted with eight consecutive goals to push its lead to 11-2 with just over two minutes left until halftime. During the 8-0 run, Jen Moyer and Dunay scored two goals apiece, while Kacie Fogle, Morgan Becker, Freymond and Britton contributed one each.
Presbyterian College's Catherine Ellis scored an unassisted goal before the end of the first half to cut Liberty's lead to eight, at 11-3, heading into the halftime break.
Just like they did in the first half, Dunay and Britton opened the scoring in the second stanza with a goal each, giving Liberty its largest lead of the day, 13-3, with just over five minutes expired in the final half.
The Blue Hose outscored the Lady Flames, 7-3, the remainder of the game. Liberty's final three goals came from Fogle, Britton and Dunay. Fogle notched her second goal of the game off of an assist from Britton with 13:41 remaining in the contest. Britton recorded her fourth tally of the afternoon and 17th of the season, before Dunay capped the scoring on the day for the Lady Flames with her fifth marker of the game and team-best 22nd of the year.
Ellis tallied her third goal of the contest with 1:01 left in the game, but it was not enough as the Lady Flames notched the victory, 16-10.
Liberty outshot Presbyterian College, 29-17, and came away with 10 more draw controls, 19-9, than the visitors. The Lady Flames held the edge in caused turnovers, 9-7, while the Blue Hose scooped up 22 ground balls to Liberty's 19. The Lady Flames were a perfect 7-of-7 on free position shots, while limiting Presbyterian College to just three goals on seven free position shots.
Kristen Masullo notched the win in goal for the Lady Flames, making six saves. Bridget Hogan and Padgett Harrington split time in goal for the Blue Hose, with Hogan stopping six shots and Harrington finishing with one save.
Liberty wraps up its stretch of five games in nine days on Sunday with a road contest at Big South opponent High Point. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.