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Lady Flames Fall at Home to George Mason
A 6-0 run spanning the first and second halves by George Mason broke open a tie contest, lifting the visiting Patriots over the Liberty Lady Flames, 16-8, on Wednesday evening at Liberty Lacrosse Field.
The loss, Liberty's second in a row, drops the Lady Flames to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in home contests. George Mason wins its second consecutive game to even its record at 2-2 for the season.
The Patriots jumped out to a 5-1 advantage after the first 13:27 of the opening half. Five different George Mason players scored during the stretch. Liberty's lone score during the opening minutes came from Morgan Becker at the 23:30 mark.
The Lady Flames stormed back with a 4-0 run beginning at 16:33. Sam Struss got the scoring party started with the first of her two scores on the day, which was followed by Nina Dunay's eighth goal of the season with 10:10 remaining in the half. Morgan Becker tallied her second goal of the evening on a free-position attempt, pulling Liberty within one at 5-4. A mere 12 seconds later Kallie Britton tied the contest at five apiece with her fourth score of the season at 6:53.
George Mason took control of the match with a 6-0 run which began at the 5:22 mark of the first stanza and was capped by Katie Mascolo's third score of the game with 23:31 showing on the second half game clock.
Struss put a stop to the Patriots' scoring run with a tally at the 22:19 mark of the final frame. The attacker's second goal of the contest and team-leading 16th of the season pulled Liberty within five at 11-6.
George Mason opened up an eight-goal lead with three more tallies with just under six minutes left in regulation.
With 4:49 showing on the game clock, Olivia Becker tallied her first career goal, scoring off of an assist from Struss. On the ensuing possession, Michaela Rich quickly followed with her fifth marker of the season just 23 seconds later.
The Patriots notched the final two goals of the contest, making the final score 16-8 in favor of the visitors.
George Mason finished the game with twice as many shots as Liberty, 36-18, and also held the edge in ground balls, 18-16, and draw controls, 16-10. The Lady Flames turned the ball over two fewer times than the Patriots, 13-15, and in turn held the advantage in caused turnovers, 6-3. Liberty was an efficient 11 of 13 on clear attempts compared to George Mason's 11 of 15.
The Patriots' Rachel Obergon had a game-high four goals, while Caitlin McGinn and Mascolo chipped in with three scores apiece. Goalkeeper Caroline Brouse tallied eight saves in the cage to earn the victory.
Struss and Morgan Becker led the Lady Flames with two goals apiece. It was Struss' fifth multiple-goal game of the season. Struss also led the way with a contest-best five draw controls. Britton had a game-high five ground balls, while Dunay caused three turnovers to lead both squads.
Kristen Masullo took the loss in between the pipes for Liberty. The senior tallied five saves in a little over 51 minutes of play. Juliann Elmer relieved Masullo, notching her first career minutes in goal. Elmer tallied three saves in nearly nine minutes of play.
The Lady Flames remain at home for their next game, hosting Old Dominion on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Liberty Lacrosse Field.