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Longwood Clips Liberty in Regular Season Finale

April 24, 2015  Farmville, Va.  RSS
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Longwood Clips Liberty in Regular Season Finale

With the hopes of catching momentum heading into the Big South Championship next week, Liberty fell short in Farmville, Va., dropping a 13-11 decision to the Longwood Lancers. With the loss, Liberty falls to 0-6 all-time against Longwood, while concluding the regular season with a 7-10 overall record including a program-best 5-2 in Big South action. Longwood caps off the season with a 6-11 mark, including a 4-3 record in conference play.

Liberty jumped on board first when Morgan Becker netted her 33rd goal of the season, just 1:19 into action. Becker's goal was set up by Sam Struss' 17th assist.

Longwood rebounded to score three unanswered goals, two scored by Sara Jacobsen, to take a 3-1 lead with 21:50 left in the first half.

Back-to-back goals by seniors, Struss and Nina Dunay, evened the contest at 3-3 with 13:18 remaining in the half. Dunay's goal marked her 25th strike of the season, assisted by Becker for her 24th assist on the year. After being granted a free position attempt, Struss buried an equalizer for her 27th goal.

Liberty outscored Longwood, 3-2, over the final 13 minutes of the opening stanza. Freshman standout Katy Pridemore etched her name into the record books with her 42nd goal of the season to begin a 3-0 run for the red and blue. With the Lady Flames behind, 4-3, Dunay found the Florida freshman for an equalizer with 12:14 left in the first half. Pridemore's strike pushed her past Struss for the most goals scored in a single season, a feat that Struss collected last season with 41 goals.

Becker netted one goal and assisted on another in the final minutes of the first half. Struss found the back of the net for a second time in the half, while Dunay picked up her second assist of the half.

Pridemore opened the second half with her second goal of the contest and 43rd of the year with 26:57 remaining in regulation. Struss assisted on the goal to aid Liberty in claiming a 7-5 lead.

The Lancers notched three unanswered goals to take an 8-7 lead with 20:35 left to play in the second half. Katie McHugh connected on each of the Longwood goals for her 37th, 38th and 39th goals, respectively.

Struss delivered her third goal of the contest with 18:45 left to even the score at eight apiece. Struss' goal marked her second equalizer of the contest and 29th goal on the year.

After the Lancers regained the lead, Pridemore connected on her third goal of the match with 11:08 left to play, evening the score at nine all.

Longwood answered with two goals in a row to take an 11-9 lead, one which the Lancers would not relinquish.

Paige Britton pulled Liberty back to within one after her ninth goal of the year came with 6:50 left to play in regulation.

Following a Longwood goal that extended the Lancers' lead back to two, Pridemore notched her fourth goal of the contest and the final Liberty strike, pulling the Lady Flames back to within one.

Longwood sealed the deal with 3:31 remaining after Jacobson collected her game-high fifth goal to extend the lead back to two.

Despite falling behind by two goals, Liberty outshot Longwood by a total of 27-25. The Lady Flames also controlled the ground, scooping up 18 ground balls to 17 from Longwood.

Juliann Elmer turned away 10 shots in the loss on Friday, pushing her saves total to 194. Elmer now stands alone at the top of the record books for the most saves in a single season, passing Kristen Masullo who recorded 186 saves in 2011.

Liberty returns to action on Tuesday at 4 p.m. when they play host in the Big South Championship Quarterfinals. The Lady Flames will play the winner of Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian.