Senior Nina Dunay scored two goals against Longwood to jump into first place in program history with 99 all-time goals.
Trailing by five with just under 20 minutes remaining in the game, the Liberty lacrosse team made a valiant comeback attempt, but came up just one-goal short to the Longwood Lancers, 12-11, on Sunday afternoon at Liberty Lacrosse Field. Prior to the contest, the Lady Flames recognized seniors, Nina Dunay, Jillian Krick, Kristen Masullo and Jen Moyer. Dunay made the final home game of her career a memorable one, scoring two goals to jump into first place in program history with 99 all-time goals.
Liberty concludes the regular season with a 2-15 overall record and a 1-6 mark in Big South Conference games. The No. 7 seed Lady Flames will now make preparations for Wednesday's Big South Lacrosse Championship quarterfinal game at No. 2 seed Davidson at 6 p.m. Longwood heads into the conference tournament as the No. 3 seed with an 8-9 overall record and a 5-2 league tally.
After the Lady Flames took an early 1-0 advantage on a Dunay goal 31 seconds into the contest, the Lancers responded with a 4-0 run to move ahead, 4-1, with 19:24 showing on the first-half game clock.
Michaela Rich and Kallie Britton each notched unassisted goals, pulling Liberty within one, at 4-3, with just under 10 minutes remaining in the opening stanza.
Longwood's Katie McHugh found the back of the net for the second time in the half at the 3:54 mark, sending the match into the intermission with the visitors on top, 5-3.
Rich once again cut the Lancers' lead to one with her second score of the game to start the second half.
Longwood used its second 4-0 run of the contest to increase its advantage to 9-4 with 10:03 elapsed in the final period.
The Lady Flames began to claw their way back into the game on a free-position goal by Morgan Becker at the 18:45 mark.
After Sarah Butler scored her third goal of the game for the Lancers, Becker continued to ignite the Liberty offense, scoring two more markers to trim the deficit to three, at 10-7.
McHugh pushed Longwood's lead back to four with her game-high fifth goal of the contest with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
Liberty continued to battle as Becker tallied her fourth score of the game and 25th of the season with 6:09 showing on the game clock. Dunay followed with her record-setting 99th career goal at 5:37. Rich delivered her second assist of the contest on the play, trimming the Longwood advantage to 11-9.
Kacey Norwood scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the visitors with 4:25 remaining in the match.
Struss notched Liberty's 10th goal of the contest, before Rich fired a shot in between the pipes off a pass from Dunay with 2:43 left.
Trailing 12-11 with under two minutes until the final horn, Liberty forced a Longwood turnover and recorded two more shots in the game, but couldn't tally the equalizer as the Lancers held on for the victory.
For the contest, Liberty held the advantage in shots, 29-24, and caused turnovers, 9-5. Longwood controlled 13 draws to the Lady Flames' 12. Both teams concluded the game with 18 ground balls.
Becker snagged a game-high seven draw controls in addition to four goals and one assist. Courtney Brown paced both squads with a career-high five ground balls and tied with Britton and Dunay for the most caused turnovers in the game with two.
In between the pipes, Masullo notched nine saves for the Lady Flames, while Longwood goalkeeper Christian Acker tallied seven stops.