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Liberty Falls to High Point, Wednesday
The Liberty women's lacrosse team hosted High Point, Wednesday afternoon, falling to the National Lacrosse Conference's (NLC) newest member, 17-4, at Osborne Stadium.
Liberty drops to 5-8 on the season and 2-4 in the NLC, while High Point improves to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
Kristin Crowley paced the Lady Flames with two goals, followed by Jen Freymond and Annessa Jamison, who each had one. Grace Gaeng and Chelsea Thompson led the Panthers' attack with four goals, apiece.
High Point came out firing on all cylinders in the early going, netting three goals in the opening eight minutes. Jamison broke up the Panthers' scoring burst, after receiving a feed from Freymond and firing a shot past High Point goalkeeper Lauren Hayes. The San Diego native's goal put Liberty within two tallies, 3-1, at 18:54.
The Panthers' offense tacked on three more goals before Liberty found the net again. Crowley connected on a free position shot at 14:34 to make it 6-2. After two additional High Point markers, Liberty lit up the board for the third time in the contest, as Jen Moyer found Freymond for a goal at 5:34.
High Point closed out the remainder of the period with a quartet of tallies for a 12-3 advantage at halftime.
In the second, both teams went scoreless for nearly 10 minutes. Ashleigh Kassab capitalized on a free position attempt for the Panthers at 20:36, giving the visitors a 10-goal lead, 13-3, to initiate the running clock.
High Point managed to post four-straight goals over the ensuing 11:32. Crowley capped off the scoring for Liberty, thanks to another Freymond assist, en route to the 17-4 final.
Hayes played in the net for High Point the entire 60 minutes, making five saves. Kristen Masullo spent the duration of the contest in goal for Liberty, finishing with six stops.
High Point heads to Davidson on Friday for an afternoon tilt with the Wildcats at 1 p.m.
Liberty hits the road to take on American next Tuesday in Washington D.C. The opening draw in the nation's capital is set for 4 p.m.