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Lady Flames Fall at Jacksonville, Friday
The Liberty women's lacrosse team suffered its first defeat in National Lacrosse Conference play, Friday afternoon, falling to Jacksonville at D.B. Milne Field, 23-4.
The defeat drops Liberty to 4-5 on the year and 2-1 in conference action. The Dolphins move to 8-4 on the season and remain undefeated at 3-0 in the NLC.
Attacker Morgan Derner and midfielder Chelsea Watts paced Jacksonville with three goals, each. Lady Flames attacker Kristin Crowley and midfielder Jen Moyer accounted for Liberty's scoring, finishing with two goals, apiece.
After Jacksonville jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first 4:03 of the contest, the Lady Flames answered with two-straight goals of their own. Moyer put Liberty on the board first, firing a shot past Dolphins goalkeeper Karli Tobin at 24:07 to cut the deficit to one. Crowley then followed up Moyer's marker with a free position goal at 21:59 to even the game at two.
The Dolphins refused to keep things close, reeling off eight unanswered goals over the next 14:19 to take a 10-2 lead with 7:40 remaining in the period. Crowley broke up the streak just before the 7:00 mark, netting an unassisted goal for her second of the contest and 13th on the season.
Jacksonville did not let up in period, as the home team went on a 5-0 run to increase its advantage to 15-3 with 1:02 left in period. Eleven ticks later, Moyer broke up the Dolphins' scoring burst with her second unassisted marker of the contest, giving her 15 on the year.
Jacksonville prevented Liberty from finding the net the remainder of the afternoon. The Dolphins' offense posted one final goal in the last 40 seconds of the first period and seven in the second period en route to the 23-4 final.
Tobin played the first 48:28 in goal for the Dolphins, leaving the contest with two saves. Elizabeth Gatch took over in the final 11:32 and concluded the game with two saves. Kristen Masullo occupied the net for the Lady Flames in the opening period, making seven saves. Blaire Barnhart stepped in for the entire second period, finishing with four stops.
Liberty remains on the road Sunday, taking on fellow NLC competitor Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. The opening draw at Old Bailey Stadium is slated for 3 p.m.
Jacksonville will conclude a five-game homestand at D.B. Milne Field on Sunday, playing host to two-time defending NLC champion Longwood at noon.