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Davidson Defeats Lady Flames, 12-8
The Liberty women's lacrosse team looked to return to the win column in National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) action, Sunday afternoon at Osborne Stadium, playing host to Davidson. After holding a 4-3 lead in the first period, the Lady Flames were unable to maintain the advantage, as the Wildcats defeated Liberty, 12-8.
Liberty falls to 5-7 on the year and 2-3 in conference play, while Davidson improves to 4-9 overall and 3-2 in the NLC.
Attacker Kristin Crowley led the Lady Flames with four goals, while Davidson's Ann Fucigna finished with a quartet of tallies for the Wildcats.
Crowley lit up the scoreboard first for the Lady Flames, air mailing a shot into the net off a Jordan Richardson pass at 28:31. Davidson answered over the next 8:53 with two goals off free position attempts to move ahead by one. Bianca Brancaleone then knotted the contest, 2-2, sinking an eight-meter marker of her own to even the odds at 17:26.
Two minutes later, Erin Keitel regained the lead for the Wildcats with an unassisted goal. The Lady Flames responded with two straight free position goals by Crowley to recapture the advantage, 4-3, with 11:41 remaining in the period.
Davidson closed out the opening half with a trio of goals by Keitel, Logan and Fucigna, respectively. The three-tally burst gave the visitors a 6-4 edge at halftime.
In the second period, Fucigna picked up where she left off, adding to the Wildcats' scoring with an unassisted goal at 27:02. Less than a minute later, Crowley picked up her fourth and final goal of the contest to put the Lady Flames back within two, 7-5, at 26:17.
Seven minutes passed before either team found the net again. A Logan goal at 19:17 regained a three-point advantage for the Wildcats. Just before the 12:30 mark, Emily Dinsmore found an open Audra Menez, who finished on the play to cut the deficit to a pair, 8-6.
Davidson responded with goals from leading scorer Alanna Parker and Fucigna over a 3:30 span to take a four-point lead. Liberty countered with goals by Candice Parsons and Jen Freymond in 48 seconds to close the distance. However, the Lady Flames could not climb any closer, as the Wildcats posted two more tallies en route to the 12-8 final.
Jessica Melby played the entire contest for the Davidson, finishing with five saves. Kristen Masullo played in between the pipes for Liberty the full 60 minutes, making 13 saves.
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Wednesday, playing host to fellow NLC member High Point. The first-ever meeting between the Lady Flames and the visiting Panthers is slated for 5:45 p.m.
Davidson's next meeting is also against the Panthers, as the Wildcats host High Point, Friday afternoon, at 1 p.m.