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Lacrosse Records Program's First Win, 17-16

March 6, 2010
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Anna Starling recorded three caused turnovers and two ground balls in Liberty's 17-16 decision over Howard on Saturday. The win marks the program's first victory.

Anna Starling recorded three caused turnovers and two ground balls in Liberty's 17-16 decision over Howard on Saturday. The win marks the program's first victory.

Lady Flames lacrosse achieved a milestone Saturday afternoon, edging out fellow NLC competitor Howard, 17-16, in overtime for the first win in the program's brief existence. The victory in the nation's capital is an historical bookmark for Liberty and head coach Regan Denham, as she garners her first coaching win in Division I lacrosse.

For the second consecutive contest, attackers Kristin Crowley (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Lauren See (Fr., Strasburg, Pa.) paced the Lady Flames offensive attack, posting five goals, respectively. A quartet of Liberty players netted the first goals of their collegiate careers in the matchup. Sierra Clearwater (So., Mechanicsville, Md.) led Liberty's first time scorers with three tallies, followed by Anna Starling (So., Dallas, Texas) who recorded a pair. Karen Yates (Sr., Lancaster, Pa.) and Candice Parsons (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) rounded out Liberty's scoring effort, chipping in a goal apiece.

The Bison struck first in the contest, as Jazzmin Drennon found the net to give Howard the early 1-0 edge. Liberty knotted the game 3:07 later, when Crowley dished it to See for the tying goal, 1-1. The Bison then went on a 7-0 run to take hold a commanding 8-1 lead with 6:25 remaining in the opening period. At the conclusion of the first stanza, Howard owned an eight-goal advantage, after Ashley Lawrence scored with 11 seconds left in the period to make it 11-3, Bison.

Lawrence picked up where she left off in the beginning of the second, stretching the margin out to nine, 12-3, in the first 14 seconds. From there, Liberty began its rally, as the Crowley-See connection resurfaced at 29:05 to give Liberty its fourth goal of the game, making it 12-4. Crowley later capped off Liberty's 5-0 burst with back-to-back to goals, closing the gap to 12-8 with 19:12 remaining in regulation.

Howard held a three-goal edge with under five minutes left in the contest, after leading scorer Desiree Cox scored her fifth goal of the afternoon to make it 15-12. The Lady Flames answered with three-straight markers from See, Clearwater and Crowley to knot the contest at 15 at the end of regulation. Crowley's tying tally came with just 14 ticks left in the period.

Liberty began the overtime period with a pair of goals by See and Crowley, to take a two-point advantage, 17-15. Howard answered with a marker from Cox to make it 17-16, Liberty, at the conclusion of the first three minutes of overtime. In the latter portion of the extra period, the Lady Flames displayed defensive poise, holding off the Bison for the win.

Along with her five goals, Crowley led Liberty in assists with two. Miller also chipped in a helper, when she found See at 2:18 in the first overtime. Liberty went a perfect 3-3 in free position shots, with Crowley, Clearwater and Parsons all finding the mark from eight-meters out.

On the defensive side, Starling led the way for Liberty in caused turnovers with three. Hilary Baker (So., Albuquerque, N.M.) recorded three ground balls on the day for the Lady Flames, followed by Clearwater (2), Starling (2) and Yates (1). In goal, Rebekah Leutters recorded 10 saves in the winning effort.

Cox finished the game for the Bison with a six markers. Lawrence, Ashley Brown and Drennon rounded out Howard's scorers with five, three and two goals, respectively.

Liberty receives an eight-day break from on-field action, before returning to the field. The Lady Flames head to Jacksonville, Fla., next Sunday to take on Long Island for the first of two games in a four-day span. The first draw is set for 6 p.m.

Howard resumes conference play on Saturday, hosting Davidson at 1 p.m.