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Lacrosse Scores Three in Inaugural Contest

March 3, 2010
|  Farmville, Va.
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Kristin Crowley recorded Liberty's first two goals in the program's inaugural game on Wednesday versus Longwood.

Kristin Crowley recorded Liberty's first two goals in the program's inaugural game on Wednesday versus Longwood.

Taking the field for the first time in school history, the women's lacrosse team opened its season at the Farmville Athletics Complex against defending National Lacrosse Conference Champion Longwood. The Lancers scored early and often in the first period, but the Lady Flames managed to find the net on three occasions in the matchup for a final score of 21-3.

Two of Liberty's three markers were made by sophomore Kristin Crowley, while freshman attacker Lauren See contributed the final goal in the second period.

The Lancers lit up the board early, scoring a pair of goals in the opening 20 seconds. Longwood's first tally came at 29:50, when Page Farmer found an open Cara O'Brien, who proceeded to score for the first goal of the night. Longwood then took control of the next draw, quickly converting it into a point courtesy of an unassisted goal by Duan Wright.

Liberty countered the Lancers' scoring burst 11 seconds later, trimming the Longwood lead to one, 2-1, when Crowley recorded Liberty's first goal in program history.

Following the trio of goals in the opening 31 seconds, both teams went scoreless until Longwood's Morgan Illian connected on a shot at 27:49 to put the Lancers up by a pair again, 3-1.
Longwood began to pull away in the period, going on an 11-0 run over the ensuing 21:20, to take a 13-1 advantage. Crowley halted Longwood's scoring streak with 3:21 remaining in period, scoring her second goal of the contest on a free position attempt to make it, 13-2. Longwood closed out the opening 30 minutes with two more goals, giving the Lancers a 15-2 lead at the midway point.

The offensive pace slowed in the second period, with Longwood netting four unanswered goals  to stretch the margin. Liberty picked up its third tally of the matchup, when See capitalized on a free shot attempt to make it, 19-3, with 7:07 remaining.

Longwood scored two more goals down the stretch for the final score, 21-3. O'Brien finished with four goals for the Lancers, followed by Jess Rudloff with three.

The Lancers outshot the Lady Flames 40-5 in the matchup and held the edge in ground balls, 15-10. Three Lady Flames each recorded two ground balls – Chole McIntosh, Mary Huff and goalie Rebekah Luetters. Spending the entire night in the net, Leutters recorded eight saves on the night. Liberty forced 15 turnovers against the Lancers, but also gave up possession 21 times.

The Lady Flames prepare for their second contest of the season on Saturday at 3 p.m., continuing conference play against Howard in Washington D.C. Longwood heads to Nashville, Tenn., next Wednesday to take Vaderbilt at 4 p.m.