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Second-Half Rally Pushes ODU Past Lady Flames, 11-9
Trailing 9-6 midway through the second half, Old Dominion scored the final five goals of the game to earn an 11-9 victory over Liberty on Sunday afternoon at Liberty Lacrosse Field. Goalkeeper Kristen Masullo tallied a season-high 17 saves, but it was not enough as the Lady Flames suffered their third defeat in a row.
The loss drops Liberty to 1-6 overall this season and 1-2 at home. With the victory, Old Dominion improves its record to 2-4 for the year.
The Monarchs staked an early 1-0 lead 3:28 into the contest, but the Lady Flames responded by scoring four of the game's next five tallies. Michaela Rich notched her sixth goal of the season off of an assist from Kallie Britton, before Kelly Belue put the home team in front with her first marker of the year on a helper from Sam Struss.
After Old Dominion's Jessica Liberty tied the game at two apiece, Morgan Becker and Sam Struss each fired home unassisted scores to put the Lady Flames in front, 4-2, with 7:31 remaining in the opening stanza.
In the final six minutes of the period, both teams notched a pair of goals, sending the contest into the halftime break with Liberty on top, 6-4. Jen Moyer scored her first goal of the season for the Lady Flames' fifth marker, before Belue found the back of the net for the second time in the game for Liberty's sixth goal.
The Monarchs pulled to within one at 6-5 with a score 1:19 into the second stanza. The Lady Flames answered with three of the game's next four tallies to open up a 9-6 advantage with 16:45 showing on the game clock. Becker and Struss both scored their second goals of the game, while Nina Dunay whipped her ninth score of the season into the cage.
Old Dominion ended the contest on a 5-0 run, which was capped by Jessica Liberty's game-high fifth goal, giving the visitors the 11-9 victory.
For the game, the Monarch's held the edge in shots, 41-21, draw controls, 14-7, caused turnovers, 11-7. Liberty scooped up 20 ground balls to Old Dominion's 18. The Monarchs were successful on 12 of 13 clear attempts compared to 12 of 22 successful clears for the Lady Flames.
Masullo's game-high 17 saves were the most the Liberty goalkeeper has had since posting 18 saves against St. Francis on March 1, 2011. Old Dominion's Maggi Buckley stopped six shots en route to her first victory of the season in between the pipes.
Courtney Brown and Faith Wells led the Lady Flames with three ground balls each, while Ashmore Standing and Megan Topper notched four ground balls apiece to pace the Monarchs. Moyer secured a game-high four draw controls. Britton paced the home team with three caused turnovers, two behind Standing's contest-best five caused turnovers.
The Lady Flames will take to the road for their next five games. The stretch of away contests begins on Saturday at La Salle. Game time versus the Explorers is set for 11 a.m.