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Blue Hose Edge Lady Flames, 13-12

April 3, 2011
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Freshman Jen Freymond finished with a season-high five goals in Liberty's game against Presbyterian College, Sunday.

Looking to rebound from two tough losses, the Liberty women's lacrosse team squared off with the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College, Sunday afternoon. In a contest that pitted two evenly matched teams against one another, it was the Blue Hose who came out with the victory, edging the Lady Flames in a close game at Old Bailey Stadium, 13-12.

The loss drops Liberty to 4-6 on the season and 2-2 in National Lacrosse Conference play. PC improves to 4-9 on the year and 2-2 in the conference standings.

Coming into the game with three goals on the season, freshman Jen Freymond finished the contest with a season-high five goals to lead the Liberty attack, followed by Kristin Crowley and Jen Richardson, who each had two. Catherine Ellis led PC with four markers, while Kirstin Stenoien chipped in three.

Liberty came out firing in the opening period, scoring three unanswered goals. Annessa Jamison put Liberty on the board first, finding the net at 27:23 to give the Lady Flames the early edge.

Freymond kept the momentum in Liberty's favor, scooping up the ground ball off a PC turnover and sinking a shot in the Blue Hose net to up the advantage to two. Karis Walborn capped off the run following a successful Liberty clear attempt with an unassisted goal of her own to make it 3-0 at 21:40.

Ellis helped keep PC in the contest, scoring two unanswered goals in under three minutes to put the home team within one.

Liberty capitalized off another PC turnover at 16:55. Following a Crowley groundball, midfielder Candice Parsons found Freymond, who finished on the play to increase Liberty's edge back to two, 4-2.

Just over three minutes later, Shannon Hartford once again put the Blue Hose within one thanks to a Rachel Sweeny assist. Ellis then resurfaced at 12:44, picking up a hat trick following an assist by Katie Prisco, to knot the contest at four.

The Lady Flames answered PC's back-to-back goals with one of their own at the 11:40 mark. After Jen Moyer picked up a ground ball due to a Blue Hose turnover, Freymond posted her third tally of the contest to put Liberty on top again. Jordan Richardson added to Liberty's total at 6:34 to regain the two-goal, 6-4, advantage for the Lady Flames.

The Blue Hose continued to prevent the visiting Lady Flames from pulling away, receiving goals from Hartford and Prisco in a near three-minute span. Katie Mead provided the assist on both markers, helping tie the contest at six.

Freymond picked up her fourth goal of the game with 3:06 left in the period, following a missed shot by Jamison and a Richardson ground ball. Freymond's tally gave Liberty a 7-6 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Freymond began spreading the wealth, finding an open Crowley who placed a shot past the PC goalkeeper to extend Liberty's lead to 8-6.

For the third time in the contest, the Blue Hose thwarted the Lady Flames' plans at taking a three-goal lead, receiving back-to-back goals from Stenoien and Hartford to tie the contest at eight with 24:51 to play in the matchup.

Freymond once again answered after the Blue Hose tie, netting an unassisted marker at 22:10 to recapture the Liberty lead. Jamie Beamish brought about the fourth stalemate in the contest, picking up a goal for the hosting Blue Hose off a Hartford assist to knot the game at nine.

After earning the draw control, PC relinquished the possession to the Lady Flames. Jillian Krick picked up the ground ball on the miscue, eventually leading to a successful Liberty clear attempt. Nearly a minute after infiltrating the offensive zone, Jordan Richard recorded her second goal of the game to put Liberty atop the scoreboard, 10-9.

The home team rallied over the next 5:19, to take the lead for the first time in the contest. Following a fourth goal by Ellis, the attacker provided an assist to Beamish at 13:45 to take an 11-10 advantage. Less than 40 seconds later, Crowley tied the contest at 11 with an unassisted tally.

Two-straight unassisted goals by Stenoien gave PC a 13-11 lead with 9:18 remaining in the contest. Moyer kept Liberty in the game with her 16th goal of the contest to cut the Blue Hose lead to one at 8:41. The Blue Hose held off the Liberty attack down the stretch en route to the 13-12 final.

Susan England played the entire 60 minutes in the net for PC, making 12 saves. Kristen Masullo occupied the Liberty goal for the duration of the matchup, finishing with 10 saves.

PC heads to the Motor City to take on Detroit Mercy next Sunday at 11 a.m.

Liberty concludes its three-game road trip in Due West, S.C. on Tuesday, taking on Erskine at 2 p.m.