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Liberty Moves Past Erskine, 17-7
The Liberty women's lacrosse team returned to the win column, Tuesday afternoon, defeating Erskine at Huggins Field, 17-7.
With the victory, Liberty snaps a three-game skid, moving to 5-6 on the season. The Flying Fleet fall to 1-11 on the year.
Four Lady Flames scored three goals in the contest – Karis Walborn, Kristin Crowley Jen Freymond and Jen Moyer. Five other players finished the matchup with one tally apiece – Emily Dinsmore, Annessa Jamison, Amanda Hornick, Alexis Fifleski and Bianca Brancaleone. Alesia Jerrells and Savannah Nunn paced Erskine with two goals, apiece.
Freymond also chipped in three assists to accompany her scoring effort, making her the first Liberty player to record three helpers in a single contest.
Liberty began the contest with 11 unanswered goals in the opening 15:32. After receiving a pass from Freymond, Walborn jump-started the Liberty offensive attack, firing a shot past Erskine's Kaitlyn Overly to put the Lady Flames ahead in the first 38 seconds. Moyer highlighted the run, netting all three of her goals during the surge.
Amanda Hornick capped off the burst with an unassisted marker to give the Lady Flames a commanding 11-0 lead with 14:28 remaining in the first period.
After Erskine's Lauren Burdick broke up the Liberty scoring streak with a goal at 11:26, Brancaleone posted the first goal of her collegiate career with an unassisted tally just under the nine-minute mark.
The Flying Fleet responded with a goal by Jerrells to cut the deficit to 10 at 6:25. However, the Lady Flames cranked out three-straight goals to increase the bulge to 13. Following an unassisted marker by Fifleski, Freymond completed her hat trick with a pair of tallies, receiving assists from Anna Starling and Audra Menez.
Jerrells added one more point for the Flying Fleet in the period, resulting in a halftime score of 15-3.
Much like the first period, Walborn put up the opening goal for the Lady Flames in the second period, thanks to a pass from Moyer at 25:32. With 18:01 remaining in the period, Crowley closed out Liberty's scoring on the afternoon, finding the back of the net after a Freymond helper. The Flying Fleet tacked on four more goals down the stretch, leading to the 17-7 final.
Liberty outshot the Flying Fleet, 26-15, and won the battle in ground balls (26-21) and draw controls (15-11).
Victorious in her first career start, Blaire Barnhart played in between the pipes for Liberty the entire 60 minutes, making six saves. Overly remained in the net the full 60 minutes for Erskine, finishing with six stops.
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium this Sunday, playing host to National Lacrosse Conference member Davidson. The opening draw between the Lady Flames and the Wildcats is slated for 1 p.m.