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Navy Sails Away from Liberty

February 27, 2016  Annapolis, Md.  RSS
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Francis collected a team-high three points with one goal and two assists.

Francis collected a team-high three points with one goal and two assists.

The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse squad fell to the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday by a final score of 21-7 in Annapolis, Md.

Liberty falls to 1-3 on the year while Navy improves to 4-1 and 4-0 all-time against the Lady Flames.

The Lady Flames were led by Kayla Foster and Abby Britton with two goals each. Kallie Britton finished the contest with one goal and one assist, while Callie Francis finished the contest with three points on one goal and two assists.

Navy's Codi Mullen, Morgan Young, Julia Collins and Jenna Collins combined for 13 of the Midshipmen's 21 goals as well as 15 of Navy's 31 points.

Liberty jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the third minute of play when Francis buried a free-position attempt for her fifth goal of the season.

Navy's twin sisters Jenna and Julia Collins netted back-to-back goals for the Midshipmen, claiming a 2-1 advantage with 23:11 left in the first half.

Liberty's star freshman Foster ripped an equalizer goal with 20:23 left in the opening frame. Foster netted the one-timer after receiving the pass from Francis, tying the contest at two apiece.

From that point on, it was all Navy in the opening frame. The Midshipmen notched six goals in a span of 11 minutes, with Young and Codi notching two each.

Liberty connected on two unanswered goals from Abby Britton and Foster to stop the bleeding and pull Liberty to within four. Britton's goal was set up by Francis while Foster's second tally of the contest came off a free-position attempt.

Navy responded with two quick goals in the closing two minutes from the Collins sisters to give the Midshipmen a 10-4 lead at the intermission.

Navy picked up in the second half where they left off in the first, outscoring the Lady Flames by a tally of 11-3 in the second stanza.

Liberty's three goals were netted by Abby and Kallie Britton and Alyssa Kidder. Kallie Britton's goal was the first goal of the second half for Liberty, putting a halt to Navy's seven-goal spurt.

Following back-to-back goals by Abby Britton and Kidder, the Midshipmen answered with four consecutive goals to solidify the 21-7 final.

Navy outshot Liberty, 36-11, and also held a ground ball advantage (22-11) and draw control advantage (22-7) over the Lady Flames.

The Lady Flames capitalized on all three free-position attempts, running their season total to 14-25 for a .560 percent conversion on free-position attempts.

Katherine Widrick began the contest in goal for the Lady Flames, allowing 12 goals and picking up six saves in the loss. Widrick falls to 1-3 following Saturday's contest. Tarris played the majority of the second half, allowing nine goals and recording three saves.

Liberty returns to action on March 5 when it travels to Norfolk, Va., to take on Old Dominion. The contest is slated to begin at 1 p.m.