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Lady Flames Score Five at Iona

March 28, 2010
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Junior defender Laura Miller posted two ground balls in Liberty's contest against Iona.

Junior defender Laura Miller posted two ground balls in Liberty's contest against Iona.

Playing its fourth contest in seven days, the Liberty women's lacrosse team (1-8, 1-2 NLC) squared off with Iona (3-6) Sunday afternoon at Mazella Field. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, their trip to the state with the Big Apple did not prove fruitful, as Liberty fell to the Gaels, 20-5.

Liberty drops to 1-8 overall, while Iona improves to 3-6 on the season. A quartet of Gaels finished with a hat trick in the contest – Casey Scully, Kasey Hughes, Katie Faughnan and Amber Zimmerlink. Liberty attacker Kristin Crowley (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) led all scorers with four goals.

After both teams went scoreless in the opening six minutes, Iona lit up the scoreboard first with a goal by Casey Scully to take an early 1-0 lead at 23:57. Iona capitalized on the ensuing draw control, taking a 2-0 advantage, as Kasey Hughes found the net 12 seconds after Scully's preceding goal.

Liberty divided Iona's lead in half at 21:52, when Crowley netted her sixth free position goal of the season to make it 2-1, Iona. The Gaels responded over the next 15:28, going on a 5-0 run to create a 7-1 bulge at 6:24.

Five goals were scored in the remaining minutes of the period. Liberty netted the first two to cut the deficit to 7-3 with 5:58 left in the opening stanza. Attacker Karen Yates (Sr., Lancaster, Pa.) scored Liberty's second goal of the game, by placing a shot past goalie Carlee Street. Crowley then followed suit, also netting an unassisted goal to round out Liberty's first period scoring effort. Iona finished out the half with a 3-0 burst, making the score 10-3 at halftime.

In the latter period, the Gaels picked up where they left off, posting three unanswered goals to extend their margin to 13-3. Crowley halted Iona's scoring streak at 21:21, creating her own shot and finishing, giving Liberty its fourth tally. The attacker then followed up with another marker 58 seconds later, this time from eight meters out, to make it 13-5.

Liberty failed to climb any closer, as Iona scored seven straight goals down the stretch to take the contest, 20-5.

On the defensive end for Liberty, Lady Flames goalie Rebekah Luetters (Sr., Ballston Spa, N.Y.) recorded a season-high 16 saves in her home state. Defender Bianca Brancaleone (Fr., Nazareth, Pa.) posted a team-leading seven ground balls. Brancaleone also paced the Lady Flames in caused turnovers with two.

Liberty will take a near two-week break from on-field action before playing its first of three conference games to close out the regular season. The Lady Flames will head to Davidson, N.C., to take on the Davidson Wildcats on April 10. The opening draw is set for 1 p.m.