The No. 10 Liberty Lady Flames field hockey squad fell short against No. 4 Duke in overtime, 3-2, in Lynchburg, Va., on Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, Liberty falls to 11-6 on the season, while the Blue Devils improved to 12-5 to cap off their regular season.
Duke struck first in the 33rd minute of the opening frame when Heather Morris connected on her first of two goals, assisted goal from Aileen Johnson to give the Blue Devils the 1-0 advantage heading into intermission.
Senior defender Hannah Jones evened the contest at one apiece following her sixth goal of the season. Coming off the penalty corner, Jones inserted the ball to Serena Barr who then ripped a shot on frame. Barr's shot was saved by Blue Devils goalkeeper Lauren Blazing, right into the direction of Jones. The Pennsylvania native swatted the ball out of the air and into the back of the net for the equalizer.
Duke regained the one-goal advantage with 3:49 remaining in regulation. Alyssa Chillano netted her fourth goal of the season off a Blue Devils' short corner for a 2-1 lead.
The Liberty offense quickly responded in the 68th minute with Alynn Richardson tallying her fourth strike of the season. The Lady Flames were granted a short corner and the offensive unit capitalized once again. Natalie Barr ripped a pass to the right side of the goal, where Richardson redirected the ball into the back of the net for the equalizer, sending the contest to overtime.
In the third minute of overtime, Morris scored the game-winning goal, her second of the contest. Morris broke free of the defense and ended up one-on-one with Liberty goalkeeper Mallory Cuccio. Morris' shot found the right side of the goal for the one-goal victory over the upset-minded Lady Flames.
Cuccio ended the contest with seven saves, including four straight saves in a span of 10 minutes. Cuccio falls to 11-6 on the season.
Duke outshot Liberty, 15-10, and owned a 12-6 advantage in penalty corners over the red and blue.
Liberty returns to action on Nov. 7 when the Lady Flames host Appalachian State at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. The contest will be the final game of the 2015 regular season and will serve as Senior Day for the Lady Flames.