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Winthrop Pulls Away from Lady Flames

March 30, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Hannah Pridemore netted two goals in Wednesday's 17-6 loss against Winthrop.

Hannah Pridemore netted two goals in Wednesday's 17-6 loss against Winthrop.

The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse squad fell to Winthrop by the final score of 17-6 on Wednesday afternoon at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

With the loss in its Big South opener, Liberty falls to 1-9 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Eagles improve to 11-2 and 2-0 in Big South action.

Winthrop's Jordyn Elliot notched the game's first goal with 25:34 remaining in the opening frame. The goal was Elliot's first of the season.

Liberty responded three minutes later when Katy Pridemore netted her fifth goal of the season. Pridemore missed the last five contests for Liberty, but made her presence felt quickly in today's match. The sophomore's goal was set up by Natalie Silvers, her third assist of the season.

Winthrop reclaimed the 2-1 lead with 20:05 left in the first half when Krista Frowein collected her 12th goal of the season, assisted by Shannon Gallagher.

Once again the Lady Flames evened the contest. This time it was younger sister Hannah Pridemore who connected on the equalizer. The Georgia freshman tallied her third goal of the season off the free-position attempt.

With 16:53 remaining in the first half, Winthrop regained the edge after Logan McCarthy netted her ninth goal of the season, giving the Eagles a 3-2 advantage. McCarthy's goal sparked a 5-0 scoring run over a 10-minute span that concluded with Frowein's second goal of the game with 6:26 remaining in the first half. During the run, McCarthy and Gallagher each netted two goals.

Hannah Pridemore notched the final goal of the half for both squads with 1:40 remaining in the opening stanza. The freshman midfielder's strike brought the Lady Flames to within four, down 7-3. Pridemore's goal also marked her first multi-goal outing of her young career.

Liberty and Winthrop traded the first five blows of the second half with the Lady Flames outscoring the Eagles 3-2 to pull to within three. Liberty's first goal of the second half came just 43 seconds in when Callie Francis ripped a shot past Winthrop's Alaina Girani. The goal was set up by Kayla Foster.

After the Eagles responded to stretch the lead back to four, Kallie Britton recorded her team-high 16th goal of the campaign. Britton's goal pulled the Lady Flames to within three, 8-5.

Following Winthrop's second response of the second half, Katy Pridemore answered the call to pull Liberty back to within three, 9-6. Pridemore's fifth goal of the season was set up by Foster with 18:09 remaining in the second half.

With the Eagles' backs against the wall, Winthrop went on an 8-0 run over the final 15 minutes of competition to pull away from Liberty, 17-6. Three of the final Winthrop goals came from Katie Clark.

The Eagles outshot Liberty, 27-14, in addition to owning a 13-9 advantage in ground balls. Winthrop also won the draw control battle, 14-11.

Katherine Widrick started in goal for the Lady Flames, allowing 17 goals and picking up six saves. Aubrie Tarris played the final minutes in between the pipes for Liberty, recording one save on one shot.

The Lady Flames return to action on Saturday when they travel to Conway, S.C. Liberty will take on Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. at Brooks Field.