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Lacrosse Closes Strong to Down Red Flash, 13-9
Liberty closed the final 18:47 on a 5-1 run, Saturday, to pull away from host St. Francis, Pa., and earn the 13-9 victory at DeGol Field. Kristin Crowley netted five goals for the Lady Flames including a pair in the team's clinching run.
Liberty improves to 2-5 with their second victory over a Northeast Conference team, while the Red Flash drop to 1-5 for 2012. Lady Flame goalkeeper Kristen Masullo recorded 11 saves in net for the victors to also improve to 2-5. Caitlin Flynn blocked away five shots in the losing effort for St. Francis.
Crowley's five scores on just six shots led the team, while Morgan Becker and Amber Nichols each found the back of the net twice. Candice Parsons, Kacie Fogle, Nina Dunay and Jen Freymond each had one tally to round out Liberty's scoring. Becker, Crowley and Parsons each contributed a helper on the day as well.
The Red Flash's scoring output was led by Casey Burk and Danielle Conwell, with four and three goals, respectively. Catherine Helming added two more for the hosts. Conwell also notched four assists on the afternoon for a game-high seven points, serving as the setup player for each of Burk's scores.
While Liberty held the lead throughout the entire game, St. Francis stayed within striking distance until the Lady Flames' final run. Crowley opened the game's scoring less than a minute into action, driving for an unassisted marker.
Liberty then scored four of the game's next six goals to earn its largest first-half lead, 5-2, as four different Lady Flames contributed. Jen Freymond capped the span at the 12:54 mark with her first goal of the year, as she fired a shot low to the ground past goaltender Flynn.
The Red Flash rallied back to knot the game, 5-5, with the next three goals, including both of Helming's afternoon markers.
Crowley and Fogle stretched Liberty's lead back to two, 7-5, before Conwell found the back of the net twice to close the half.
Moving to the final 30 minutes of action, Crowley once again started the half with a score, allowing Liberty to reclaim the lead, 8-7.
Burk connected once more for St. Francis, squaring the match at eight with 26:42 remaining in the game.
The Lady Flames jumped ahead for good at the 18:47 mark, as a Becker goal on a Crowley assist sparked a 5-0 run. Nichols added her second of the game at 16:28, before Crowley earned two more unassisted markers in less than a minute's time. Becker capped the span at the 11:02 mark to give Liberty the 13-8 advantage.
Conwell tacked on one goal for St. Francis at the 7:02 mark, serving as the finally tally of the afternoon with Liberty taking the 13-9 victory. Liberty possessed the ball for much of the remaining time, but also showed strong defensive pressure to close the game and hold the Red Flash scoreless.
Draw controls (12-12) and clear attempts (13-for-17) were both even on the day, while St. Francis held the slim 24-21 advantage in shots on the afternoon. Liberty had the slight advantage in groundballs, 22-17, led by Chloe McIntosh and Freymond with five and four, respectively.
McIntosh and Jen Moyer each caused a pair of turnovers, while two Red Flash players held the game high with three.
Liberty converted both of their free-position attempts and held St. Francis to just 1-for-4 on their opportunities.
The Lady Flames will return to the Keystone State next week when they face Bucknell on Wednesday. The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa.