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Lady Flames Upended on the Road at Virginia Tech
The Liberty lacrosse team wrapped up non-conference play on Wednesday afternoon with an 18-7 setback on the road against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The Lady Flames drop their sixth consecutive game to fall to 1-9 on the season, heading into this weekend's Big South Conference games. Virginia Tech wins its second straight game to improve to 7-5 on the season.
Virginia Tech jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage in the contest's first 3:42 of play.
Liberty cut the lead in half at 2-1 with 24:26 showing on the game clock. Kallie Britton split a Hokies' double-team and raced toward the cage. Britton lofted a pass to Sam Struss right in front of the goal crease. Struss cradled the pass and whipped a shot into the bottom left corner of the cage.
Virginia Tech broke the game open with an eight goal-run, spanning 10:41. Megan Will and Meg Bartley each scored twice during the offensive spurt for the home team.
Britton ended the Hokies' run with an unassisted marker with 6:39 remaining in the opening stanza. The sophomore avoided the defensive pressure and fired her sixth goal of the season into the cage, trimming Virginia Tech's lead to eight, at 10-2.
The Hokies closed the half with two more goals from Will, extending their lead to 12-2 heading into the intermission. Will finished the opening frame with five goals to lead Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech extended its advantage to 12 with a pair of goals to open the second half.
Morgan Becker tallied Liberty's third score of the contest with just under six minutes elapsed in the second stanza. The attacker went back and forth behind the cage several times before working herself free on the left side for her first goal of the game.
After Bartley notched her fourth and fifth markers of the game, Becker answered with her second tally of the contest. Becker's second goal of the game made the score 16-4 in favor of the Hokies with 14:28 remaining in the match.
Liberty scored three of the game's final five goals to close out the contest. Struss found the back of the net for the second time during the afternoon at the 11:05 mark. Nina Dunay notched the Lady Flames' sixth marker of the game off of an assist from Becker.
Becker capped her strong play by tallying her third goal and fourth points of the game, making the final score 18-7 in favor of Virginia Tech.
For the contest, the Hokies held the advantage in shots, 36-16, ground balls, 20-10, draw controls, 17-10, and caused turnovers, 10-1.
In addition to her three goals and one assist, Becker secured a game-high seven draw controls.
Bartley finished with a game-high six goals, while Will matched Bartley's six points with five goals and one assist. The Hokies' Meghan Macera scooped up a contest-best four ground balls, while Becca Niles caused three turnovers to lead both teams.
In goal, Liberty's Juliann Elmer played the majority of the game, tallying a career-high 11 saves. Meagh Graham and Hannah Sieger each played a half for the Hokies, with Graham notching one save and Seiger stopping five shots.
Liberty will take a one day break before jumping into Big South play on Friday at Campbell. The Lady Flames and the Camels will square off at 7 p.m.