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American Cruises Past Liberty, Tuesday
Stepping out of conference play, Tuesday afternoon, the Liberty women's lacrosse team travelled to the nation's capital to take on Patriot League member, American. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, the Eagles found the net early and often to defend their home turf, 23-3.
With the defeat, Liberty falls to 5-9 on the season, while American improves to 8-7 overall.
Kimberly Collins led the Eagles' attack with five goals, followed by Emily Burton, who chipped in four. Jen Freymond, Karis Walborn and Annessa Jamison accounted for Liberty's scoring, posting one goal, apiece.
The Eagles wasted little time in the first period, reeling off a quartet of tallies in the opening 4:45. Freymond put the Lady Flames on the board just over a minute later, firing a shot past goalkeeper Kaska Komonsinski to make it, 4-1, in favor of the home team. Freymond's tally marked her 14th of the year.
American did not allow the Lady Flames to find the net the remainder of the period, posting 11 unanswered goals to hold a 15-1 advantage at halftime.
After the Eagles opened the second period with a pair of markers, Liberty countered with two of its own. Walborn maneuvered around the American defense and connected with an unassisted goal at 22:35. The Nyack, N.Y., native's net-piercing shot marked her team-leading 26th goal of the season.
Just over a minute later, Jamison followed up with an unassisted goal of her own to conclude Liberty's scoring on the afternoon, giving the midfielder five tallies this season.
American concluded the remaining 21 minutes with seven-straight goals, en route to the 23-3 final.
Komosinski occupied the American net for the opening 50:33, making three saves. Mia Rosen finished the remaining 9:27 in goal for the Eagles. Kristen Masullo played the first half in between the pipes for the Lady Flames, making six stops. Blaire Barnhart stepped in for the entire second period, finishing with four saves.
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Thursday to host two-time defending NLC champion Longwood for the Lady Flames' final home game of the season. The opening draw between the Lady Flames and the Lancers is slated for 4 p.m.