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Lady Flames Drop NLC Consolation Game, 18-12, vs. PC
While Liberty trailed 8-6 going into intermission, Presbyterian College scored nine of the second half's first 10 goals to knock off Liberty, 18-12, in an NLC Tournament consolation game at Davidson's Richardson Stadium. The Lady Flames scored five of the game's final six markers, but a 10-goal deficit late in the second half was too much to overcome.
Liberty concludes its 2012 campaign with a 3-14 mark, while Presbyterian College finishes the year at 3-16.
Kristin Masullo made five saves in the loss, while PC keeper Samantha Arey made 11 saves to earn the victory.
Nina Dunay led the Lady Flames with three scores on the afternoon, while Morgan Becker and Kacie Fogle each chipped in two tallies. Fogle also had a standout performance from the draw circle, grabbing 11 on the afternoon to best her own single-game program record of 9, which also came against the Blue Hose.
Four other Lady Flames added one marker, including senior Kristin Crowley, as she tied the program's single-season scoring record with 40 goals. Senior Chloe McIntosh also netted a goal after seeing some action on the offensive end. Six Liberty goals came with an assist, led by two from Fogle.
The Blue Hose were paced by a group of four players, who netted three goals apiece. Four others added one goal each. PC was credited with eight assists.
For the second straight day, Liberty notched the opening goal on a free-position shot, as Dunay converted just 1:01 into the contest.
However, the Blue Hose responded by reeling off the game's next five goals to gain a 5-1 edge with 14:00 remaining in the first half. Four different players found the back of the net for the No. 7 seed during the stretch, while Lefeber tossed in two scores during the stretch of 13:05.
Dunay came through once again for the Lady Flames, halting the Blue Hose run with another free-position goal at the 13:20 mark. She converted again just over a minute later, pulling the Lady Flames within two, 5-3.
Nichols continued Liberty's streak of goals, netting her 13th score of the season. Menez provided the assist on the play to score her first point this year, having battled injury throughout the season. With 9:11 remaining in the half, Parsons pulled the Lady Flames even with PC, 5-5, scoring on a helper from Fogle.
Ellis then tacked on a pair of goals, regaining a two-goal advantage for the Blue Hose with 6:43 on the clock.
Freymond responded for the Lady Flames at 2:46, scooting the ball between the legs of PC keeper Arey, after being fed by Moyer. Freymond's 10th goal of the year made her the eighth double-digit scorer for Liberty this season.
Stenoin then tallied the final goal of the half with under a minute remaining, giving PC the 8-6 cushion at intermission.
The Blue Hose stretched their lead to 10, 17-7, by outscoring the Lady Flames 9-1 during the first 21 minutes of the second half. They displayed a balanced scoring attack during the run, with six different players contributing scores.
Liberty closed by scoring five of the final six goals en route to the final score of 18-12 in favor of Presbyterian College. Becker provided two of the goals for the Lady Flames.
Liberty outshot the Blue Hose by a slim 32-31 margin, including having 10 free-position opportunities to PC's five. However, Arey came up big for the Blue Hose, only allowing Liberty to convert on half of their opportunities.
Presbyterian College held a 29-25 edge in ground balls, led by a game-high seven from Arey who played an active game outside of the crease. McIntosh led Liberty with a team-high five ground balls.
Fogle's 11 draw controls paced the Lady Flames, as the freshman matched PC's draw total for the game. Liberty owned 19 for the afternoon.
Liberty converted on 14-of-17 clear attempts, while Presbyterian cleared 20-for-28. Liberty turned the ball over 26 times to 21 from the Blue Hose.
The Lady Flames will conclude their season this evening with the year-end NLC banquet. Student-athletes will be honored with NLC All-Conference recognition for their performances this season.