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Lady Flames Score Nine Goals on Senior Night
Playing its final home game of the 2010 season, the Liberty women's lacrosse team hosted NEC competitor Central Connecticut State, Friday afternoon, at Osborne Stadium. While the free position shot showed favor to the Lady Flames, the Blue Devils did not, taking the contest, 21-9.
Liberty falls to 1-7 on the season (1-2 NLC) and ends its inaugural home campaign with a 0-2 record. Central Connecticut State reaches the .500 mark with the win, improving to 4-4 (0-3, NEC).
Liberty's Kristin Crowley (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Central Connecticut State's Ashley Perkoski led the way in scoring with five goals each. Betsy Vendel and Meaghan McCurry finished with four goals, respectively, for the Blue Devils, while Courtney Mooney and Michele Conway each finished with hat tricks. Lady Flames' Attacker Karen Yates (Sr., Lancaster, Pa.), posted two goals on Liberty's senior night.
The Blue Devils lit up the scoreboard first, thanks to a pair of goals from Ashley Mara and Vendel to make it 2-0 at 25:54. Lauren See (Fr., Strasburg, Pa.) netted the first marker for Liberty at 23:02, capitalizing on a free position attempt to trim the deficit to one, 2-1. Liberty's tying goal also came from the eight-meter mark, when Crowley fired a shot with 17:43 remaining in the period to knot the contest at two.
Central Connecticut State regained the lead at 16:04, as Meaghan McCurry received a pass from Courtney Mooney placed it past goalie Rebekah Luetters (Sr., Ballston Spa, N.Y.) to make it 3-2. Déjà vu occurred for the Lady Flames just over three minutes later, with Crowley netting another free position goal to tie the contest at three apiece.
The Blue Devils responded by scoring back-to-back goals from Mackenzy Ryan and Vendel, respectively, to earn take a two-point advantage, 5-3 with 7:15 left in the period. Liberty answered once again from eight meters out, with two-straight free position goals coming from Crowley and Chloe McIntosh (So., Dallas, Texas), tying the contest at five with 2:26 remaining in the opening stanza.
With less than a minute to go in the period, Central Connecticut took advantage of the passing seconds, scoring three unanswered goals in 33 ticks to take an 8-5 lead at halftime.
In the latter stanza, the Blue Devils picked up where they left off, netting another trio of unanswered goals to increase their margin to six, 11-5, at 25:56. Thirty eight seconds later, Crowley put Liberty on the board in the second period, zipping a shot past goalie Erin DeLancey to trim the deficit to five, 11-6.
Following a goal from Central Connecticut to make it 12-6, Yates, playing her final game at Osborne Stadium, gave Liberty its sixth free position goal of the contest to cut it back to five, 12-7, at 21:44.
Central Connecticut distanced itself even further down the stretch, going on a 7-0 run to make it 19-7 with 12:11 left on the game clock. In the closing 10 minutes each team scored two goals apiece for a final score of 21-9 in favor of the Blue Devils.
Liberty finished with six free position goals on 10 attempts, going 5-for-7 in the first period. Central Connecticut State won 21 of the game's 31 draw controls. The Blue Devils were successful on 17-of-20 team clears while the Lady Flames reached the offensive third 14 times on 27 attempts.
The Lady Flames head to New Rochelle, N.Y., squaring off with Iona on Sunday. The opening draw is set for a noon start.