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Goal Barr-age Leads Liberty to 6-1 Win Over Longwood
The sister trio of Natalie, Serena and Bethany Barr combined for five goals and three assists, as the Liberty Lady Flames field hockey squad rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Longwood Lancers on Thursday evening at Liberty Field Hockey Field. Sarah Gipe added the remaining goal in the Lady Flames' fifth consecutive victory.
The win improves Liberty to 10-4 overall and a perfect 5-0 in NorPac play. The victory also runs the Lady Flames' winning streak against NorPac East division opponents to 12 straight games. Liberty ups its home record to 5-1. The loss drops the Lancers two games behind the Lady Flames in conference play at 3-2. Longwood's overall record falls to 5-10.
Liberty jumped on the scoreboard early with a marker five minutes into the contest. On the second penalty corner of the contest for the Lady Flames, Natalie Barr delivered a pass from the right side of the circle back across the cage to Serena Barr. The freshman swept a one-timer into the goal, putting the home team on top, 1-0.
A tremendous hustle play by Jordan Richardson set up the Lady Flames' second marker in the 10th minute. The senior chased down a long pass and made a diving save to keep the ball from crossing the end line. Richardson gathered herself and dished a pass to Natalie Barr and the sophomore did the honors, reversing a shot into the top left corner of the cage. Barr's first of three scores gave Liberty the 2-0 edge.
With the offense rolling early on, the Lady Flames' defense was equally as strong in the opening half. Liberty held the Lancers without a shot or penalty corner in the first stanza, while the Lady Flames' offense notched 13 shots and four short corners.
The twin combination of Bethany and Serena Barr produced the Lady Flames' third goal of the game. Bethany Barr dropped a pass back to the top of the circle to Serena Barr and the defender banged it home, giving Liberty the 3-0 lead heading into the halftime break.
Coming out of the break, the Lady Flame quickly extended their advantage to 4-0 a mere 1:09 into the second half. Bethany Barr notched her second assist of the day, this time setting up older sister Natalie Barr's second score of the contest.
The Lancers got on the scoreboard in the 42nd minute. Stacey de Grandhomme notched her team-leading 10th goal of the season to trim Liberty's lead to 4-1. De Grandhomme's goal was the only offense Longwood produced, as the Lady Flames tallied the game's final two scores.
With 17:13 remaining in the match, Liberty upped its lead back to four goals. Ashlee Krulock chased down a long pass into the circle and deflected it toward the left post. Sarah Gipe was ready for the deflection and tapped the ball past Lancers' goalkeeper Kaye Goulding and into the cage. Gipe's second tally of the year put the Lady Flames ahead 5-1.
Natalie Barr capped her second hat trick in as many games with 6:40 left to go in the contest. Helen Doolittle fired a shot on goal only to have it saved by Goulding. The rebound ended up on the stick of Barr and Liberty's leading scorer knocked in her 14th goal of the season, providing the Lady Flames with the final 6-1 advantage.
Liberty dominated the game statistically, registering 29 shots to Longwood's five and forcing seven penalty corners to just two for the Lancers.
Lady Flames' goalkeeper Ann Jefferis notched three second-half saves in the victory, while Goulding tallied a dozen stops in cage for Longwood.
Liberty will play its final non-conference game of the season this Sunday against Georgetown. The match versus the Hoyas will take place in College Park, Md., beginning at 4 p.m.