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Lacrosse Ends Regular Season with 22-6 Win
The Liberty women's lacrosse team concluded regular-season play on Saturday with a win, defeating Lees-McRae, 22-6.
With the victory, Liberty closes out the 2011 regular season with a 6-10 record, while Lees-McRae falls to 3-10. Liberty's 22 markers also set a new program record for most goals in a single game. The total surpassed the previous standard of 19, which occurred in the Lady Flames' 19-9 win over Howard on March 27.
Karis Walborn highlighted the Liberty offense with five goals and two assists. Five other Lady Flames finished with two goals apiece – Audra Menez, Emily Dinsmore, Jen Moyer, Kristin Crowley and Anna Starling.
Along with her two goals, Menez also made her way into the Liberty record books, chipping in six assists, setting a new single-game assist mark just two days after Moyer claimed the program record with four helpers against Longwood.
Kelsey Keimig led Liberty with five ground balls and seven draw controls. Jamison paced the Lady Flames' defense with four caused turnovers.
Menez put Liberty on the board in the opening 29 ticks of the first period with an unassisted goal. Lees-McRae's Olivia Gudewich answered the tally at 27:20 with one of her own to knot the contest at one.
Just under the 27-minute mark, Moyer kick started a 4-0 Lady Flames run, firing a shot past goalkeeper Martha Peacock. Liberty tacked on three more markers over the next 5:20. Starling capped the spurt at 21:33 to put the visitors up, 5-1.
Scoring on both ends was dormant, until Lees-McRae's Nicole Dupont gave the Tigers their second goal of the game to pull within three at 13:18. The Lady Flames answered 11 ticks later, when Bianca Brancaleone found the net for her third goal of the season, igniting a 7-0 scoring burst by the visitors.
Seven different Lady Flames posted goals during the span, including Keimig, who picked up her first career goal for Liberty at the 1:16 mark. Walborn cemented the run 23 seconds later with an unassisted tally and also recorded two assists during the hot streak.
The Tigers closed out the period with one final goal with 37 seconds left, resulting in a halftime score of 12-3.
In the second period, Laura Hawthorne lit up the scoreboard first for Lees-McRae with an unassisted goal at 26:13.
The Lady Flames' defense responded by holding the Tigers scoreless for nearly 22 minutes, while the Liberty offense reeled off 10 unanswered tallies. Walborn opened the run with three-straight goals off assists from Moyer, Crowley and Menez, respectively.
Liberty displayed its passing ability during the span, as all 10 markers were created by assists, including a quartet of helpers by Menez. Freymond sealed the run, following a pass from Camille Little with 6:08 remaining to put Liberty up, 22-4. The Tigers closed out the stanza with two goals of their own for the 22-6 final.
Kristen Masullo occupied the net for Liberty in the first period, recording seven saves. Blaire Barnhart came in for the entire second period, making two stops. Peacock played the full 60 minutes for the Tigers, finishing with 13 saves.
Liberty will now prepare for the National Lacrosse Conference Tournament, which is set to take place April 29-May 1 in Davidson, N.C. Official tournament seedings will be announced by the conference office in the coming days.