Rich netted two goals in Saturday's 16-11 loss against Richmond in Richmond, Va.
The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse squad fell to the Richmond Spiders on Saturday by a score of 16-11 at Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va.
With the loss, Liberty falls to 0-2 to begin the season while the Spiders improve to 2-0 on the campaign.
Callie Francis and Kayla Foster highlighted the event for Liberty, with the duo combining for five goals and one assist. For the second consecutive contest, Foster recorded three points during the game, while Francis netted her first hat trick of the season.
The Lady Flames jumped on the board first with two quick goals to start the opening stanza. Liberty claimed the early 1-0 lead following Francis' first goal of the season, less than two minutes into the contest. Junior Michaela Rich doubled the Lady Flames' lead with her first strike of the year in the fourth minute of regulation following a free-position attempt.
Richmond retaliated with four unanswered goals over the next 10 minutes of play. Natalia Chaney found the back of the net for two of the Spiders first four tallies.
Courtney Brown pulled the Lady Flames back to within one after notching her first goal in 2016. Brown capitalized on the free-position attempt, rifling a shot between the legs of Michaela Aymong.
Richmond went on to outscore the Lady Flames 6-2 over the final 11 minutes of the opening stanza, with Liberty goals coming from Kallie Britton and Francis. The Spiders netted two goals in the closing 15 seconds of the first half to take a 10-5 lead heading into halftime.
Francis notched the first goal of the second half for either side, completing the hat trick with 27:19 left in the second half. Francis' goal was set up by Katy Pridemore as the redshirt senior buried a shot into the bottom left side of the net to pull Liberty to within four.
However, Richmond netted two unanswered goals by Wilson and Chaney to extend the Spiders' lead to a game-high six goal differential.
The Lady Flames jumped out on a three-goal run of their own to cut the deficit in half, 12-9 with 15:22 left in the second half. Liberty's spurt began with Foster's first goal of the game, set up by Pridemore.
Just three minutes later, Rich connected for her second goal of the contest following an unassisted goal. Rich raced across the front of the goal and fired a shot over the keeper's shoulders to pull Liberty within four.
The final goal of the run came from the stick of freshman Brianna McCaffrey. McCaffrey's goal was setup by fellow freshman Foster. The goal pulled Liberty within three, but the Lady Flames would not come closer than that over the final 15 minutes.
Richmond outscored Liberty 4-2 during the final half of the second stanza. The final two Liberty goals were scored by Abby Britton and Foster. Each of the goals came off a free-position attempt with Foster's strike marking the final goal of the contest for either team, solidifying the 16-11 final in favor of Richmond.
The Spiders controlled much of the contest, outshooting Liberty 44-20 and scooping up 21 ground balls to Liberty's 19.
The Lady Flames did convert each of their free-position shots, finishing the contest 5-5 compared to 4-13 from Richmond.
Katherine Widrick and Aubrie Tarris split time in the net for Liberty during Saturday's contest. Widrick picked up the loss, allowing 10 goals while recording 10 saves. Tarris finished the contest with six goals allowed and eight saves.
Liberty will return to action on Wednesday when the Lady Flames host the Rams of VCU at 4 p.m. The contest will be the home opener for Liberty and will be played at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.