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Detroit uses First-Half Run to Down Liberty, 18-13
The No. 3 seeded Titans used a 10-goal run in the first-half of play, Friday evening, en route to an 18-13 win over No. 6 seed Liberty in the opening round of the National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) Tournament at Davidson's Richardson Stadium. Liberty outscored Detroit, 9-8, during the second half, but the Titans' six goal edge at the half was too much to overcome.
With the loss, Liberty (3-13) will face No. 7 seed Presbyterian College tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the consolation round. Victorious Detroit (8-8) will take on Jacksonville at 2 p.m. in a semifinal contest, as the Dolphins took down the Blue Hose in opening round action earlier today.
Kristen Masullo made nine saves for the Lady Flames in the loss, while Lexie McCormick also made nine saves during the winning effort.
Midfielder Jen Freymond matched her season-high of three goals to lead the Lady Flames' scoring attack. Kristin Crowley, Kacie Fogle and Candice Parsons netted two apiece, while four others contributed Liberty goals. Morgan Becker and Amber Nichols each earned a pair of assists, while Crowley also added one.
Anna Eidem led the Titans with seven goals to pace the Titans' offense. Tara Grady netted four, while Emily Boissonneault added three more. Detroit's four additional scores came from a trio of Titans. Six of the team's goals came with an assist.
The Lady Flames wasted no time in scoring the game's first goal, with Crowley netting a free-position goal less than a minute into the game. Jen Freymond handed the lower-seeded Lady Flames a 2-0 lead, scoring another free-position goal at 19:44, as defense played a large role early in the game.
Liberty began the game with a particularly strong defense, holding the Titans scoreless until 17:03 remained in the first half. However, Detroit's goal from Grady fueled its offense into a 10-0 run, to grab an eight-goal advantage with 6:42 left on the clock.
Grady netted three goals in the stretch, while the Titans' leading scorer Anna Eidem found the back of the net on four occasions in the span of 11:21.
Fogle halted the Detroit run at the 5:04 mark. Nichols provided the assist for Fogle, who served as a cutter from behind the net. Then, with time ticking down, Nichols broke away on a fast break opportunity following a Titan turnover. She closed the sprint downfield by feeding Dunay for the final goal of the opening 30 minutes, with Detroit taking the 10-4 lead into intermission.
The second half provided a push-and-pull battle between the teams, with a three-goal run being the best either could reel off.
Liberty scored four of the half's first seven scores, to face a 13-8 deficit with 15:05 remaining. Four different Lady Flames found the back of the net during the run, including Crowley posting her 39th of the season. She now sits one goal off the program's single-season record.
The Titans responded with three goals in just over a minute's time, doubling up the Lady Flames, 16-8.
However, Liberty did not go down easy, as it put in five more goals before game's end, en route to the final score of 18-13 in favor of the Titans.
The Titans outshot Liberty 34-29 on the evening, and had 10 free-position shots, to the Lady Flames' five.
Liberty took the draw control battle, 18-15, led by Fogle's six. The freshman now has 43 on the year, to improve upon her new single-season program record. Becker also had five for the Lady Flames.
Detroit owned the ground ball edge, 28-21. Liberty's Jen Freymond recorded a game-high seven ground balls, to set a new single-season program record with 51 on the year. Freymond also posted a team-high of three caused turnovers.
Both teams succeeded on 18 clears, while Liberty had 24 attempts to the Titans' 22.
Live stats and video will once again be available for the Lady Flames matchup tomorrow, set for 4:30 p.m. against Presbyterian College.