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Liberty Falls Short in Season Opener in Blacksburg

February 13, 2016  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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Britton netted one goal in Saturday's 7-4 loss at Virginia Tech.

Britton netted one goal in Saturday's 7-4 loss at Virginia Tech.

The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse squad fell in its season opener to Virginia Tech for the second consecutive season. This time Liberty fell to the Hokies in Blacksburg, Va., by a score of 7-4 in the Indoor Practice Facility.

Liberty was held scoreless during the first half and allowed just two goals on 12 first-half shots. Freshman goalie Katherine Widrick turned away five shots in the first half.

The Virginia Tech goals in the first half were scored by Jessi Thon and Tristan McGinley. The Hokies opened up the second half with two unanswered goals, both by Thon and McGinley, to take a 4-0 advantage.

The first Liberty goal of the season was netted by freshman Brianna McCaffrey with 23:52 remaining in the second half. McCaffrey raced from the left side of the net and ripped a shot across the net to the upper left hand corner to cut the deficit to three.

Virginia Tech responded with two unanswered goals in a span of two minutes, one by Thon and one by Amanda Uliano with the assist from Thon.

The Lady Flames responded with two goals of their own during a seven-minute stretch. Freshman Hannah Pridemore collected her first collegiate goal, assisted by fellow freshman Kayla Foster with 17:03 left in the second stanza. Pridemore received the pass from Foster and quickly wristed the one-timer into the back of the net.

Foster then found the back of the net for her own goal, assisted by junior Michaela Rich. The Pennsylvania native corralled the pass and fired a shot in the lower left corner, defeating Hannah Sieger stick side to cut the deficit to three, 6-3.

The Lady Flames and Hokies traded the final two goals of the contest to keep the goal differential at three. The final Liberty goal came from senior captain Kallie Britton. Britton's goal was assisted by Foster for the final goal of the match.

Foster finished the contest with a team-best three points on one goal and two assists. Meanwhile, Thon finished the contest with a game-high four points for the opposing Hokies.

Widrick turned in a strong first collegiate game between the pipes for the Lady Flames. The New York native finished the contest with 10 saves on 24 shots.

The Lady Flames lost both the ground ball battle (33-31) and the turnover battle (26-16).

Liberty returns to action on Feb. 20 when the Lady Flames travel to Richmond, Va., to take on in-state opponent Richmond. The contest is slated to begin at 1 p.m.