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Lacrosse Edged by Longwood to Close Regular Season
Concluding the regular season on the road, the Liberty lacrosse team fell to Longwood, 13-12, in a National Lacrosse Conference battle in Farmville, Va., at Longwood's Athletic Complex.
Facing a four-goal deficit with under nine minutes to play, Jen Freymond scored her third goal of the game at the 5:47 mark. However, the Lancers grabbed the following draw control to waste several minutes off the clock.
The Lancers finally turned the ball over late, leading to a Jen Moyer goal on the other end with 56 seconds left on the clock. Nina Dunay put in one more for Liberty with 13 seconds remaining, but the Lancers sealed the game by grabbing the final draw.
Liberty concludes its regular season at 3-12, with a 2-5 record in NLC play. The Lancers finish the regular season with a 3-12 mark as well, but end conference action at 3-4.
Lancer goalkeeper Mollie Zimmerman recorded the win for the home team, surviving 35 shots from Liberty. The sophomore keeper made 14 saves on the evening, playing a key role in holding the Lady Flames to 2-for-10 in free-position shots. Kristen Masullo took the loss between the pipes for Liberty, and turned away 12 Longwood shots on 27 attempts.
Freymond and Kristin Crowley led Liberty with three goals apiece, while six other Lady Flames provided a score. In addition to her late goal, Dunay provided two assists.
Longwood used a balanced scoring attack, as well, with four Lancers finding the back of the net on two occasions. Five others added one goal each. Lauren Prasnicki had a game-high four assists.
Liberty Head Coach Regan Denham was forced into an early timeout, as the Lancers netted the first three goals in 3:30 of game action.
Crowley responded shortly after for the Lady Flames, converting the team's first score at the 25:45 mark. After Dunay grabbed the ensuing draw control, Crowley put home her second goal in a 13 second span, to pull the visitors within one, 3-2.
Fogle knotted the game by slashing through the middle for an unassisted tally, while the Lancers were also called for a yellow card on the play. The Lady Flames converted with an extra player to take the 4-3 lead, as Becker put back a loose ball following a free-position shot by Fogle.
Longwood reclaimed a 6-5 lead by scoring three of the next four goals. Amber Nichols then leveled the game for the second time on a free-position shot at 9:04, after Zimmerman committed a foul on a fast break opportunity.
Over the next five minutes, Longwood reeled off four goals to build a 10-6 edge. Crowley added her final goal of the game with 2:33 remaining in the half, to make it 10-7 through 30 minutes.
Sam Struss and Freymond scored two of the first three goals in the second half, cutting the deficit to 11-9 with 16:51 remaining in regulation. However, the only two goals over the next eight minutes of play went to the Lancers, as they rebuilt a 13-9 cushion before the final 8:57 of action.
Liberty's final three goals led to the 13-12 final score.
Hannah Riggs paced the Lancers around the draw circle, grabbing a game-high seven draws. Fogle and Moyer each snagged four draw controls for Liberty, but Longwood held the 15-12 overall edge.
Liberty was an efficient 16-for-18 on clear attempts, while only turning the ball over 14 times. Longwood turned the ball over 23 times, and was 16-for-24 on clears.
The Lady Flames also claimed the ground ball edge, taking 23 to Longwood's 18. Freshman defender Hillary Bullock scooped up four, tying the game high with two Lancers.
Liberty will take on Detroit in the first round of the NLC tournament, which begins next Friday, May 4. A time is to be determined. Davidson will host the year-end tournament for the second straight year. The Titans locked up the No. 3 seed with a 21-10 win over Howard this evening.