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Spiders Top Lady Flames, 12-8, on Saturday Afternoon

March 3, 2018  Richmond, Va.   RSS
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Quast scored two goals for Liberty at Richmond on Saturday.

Quast scored two goals for Liberty at Richmond on Saturday.

Host Richmond's 7-1 run spanning the final 15 minutes of the first half and opening three-plus minutes of the second half proved to the difference in a 12-8 victory over Liberty, Saturday at Robins Stadium.

Liberty sees its three-game winning streak come to an end and falls to 4-2 with the loss. The Spiders improve to 3-1 on the season with the victory.

Richmond's Katie Sciandra scored a game-high and career-high seven goals, including 6-of-9 free-position conversions. The Lady Flames were led by Hannah Quast and Brianna McCafrey with two goals apiece.

"We came out strong against a really good Richmond team. We battled and played a tight game," stated Liberty Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Kelly Nangle. "We are excited to have this week to break down the film, get better and prepare for Butler in two weeks."

Liberty came out of the gates strong, as the visitors took a 3-1 lead during the first 14 minutes of play. Quast put the Lady Flames on the board with 24:24 to play in the opening half, assisted by Carly White, to stake them to a 1-0 advantage.

A few minutes later, Quast once again threatened the cage, sending a shot wide. Following Quast's shot, Grace Fletcher put one past Richmond goalie Megan Gianforte, extending the lead to 2-0 with 21:54 left in the opening half.

After Sciandra converted her first of six free-position tallies with 20 minutes left in the opening stanza to put the home side on the board and make it 2-1 (Liberty). White converted her 10th goal of the year with 16 minutes left on the first half clock to stretch the Liberty lead back to two, 3-1.

Richmond responded with a 5-0 run, featuring three goals (two free-position) from Sciandra, a free-position marker from Kim Egizi and a goal from Katie Trainer. Trainer's tally with 7:13 remaining, assisted by Egizi, bolstered the Richmond lead to 6-3.

McCaffrey scored Liberty's final goal of the first frame with 2:49 remaining, giving Richmond a 6-4 lead at the break.

Goals from Marissa Brown and Egizi pushed Richmond's advantage to four, 8-4, with 26:53 left in the contest. McCaffrey (eight-meter shot) and Quast narrowed the gap to two, 8-6, with back-to-back goals. Quast's second of the day and ninth of the year with came with 21:39 left.

The Spiders scored the next three goals, one from Julia Schmuckler and two more free-position goals from Sciandra, the second of which brought the home lead to 11-6 with 11:52 left. Sciandra added her sixth and final eight-meter goal with 3:31 remaining.

 Liberty's final two goals were scored by Michaela Rich (10:59 left) and Abby Britton (2:38 left). The Lady Flames played shorthanded for a good chunk of the final 15 minutes, as they were assessed three yellow cards during the span of time.

Liberty goalkeepers Aubrie Tarris and Katherine Widrick split time evenly in net for the sixth straight game this year. Tarris (four saves, six goals allowed) was credited with the loss and moves to 2-2 on the season. Widrick played the second half in goal and made a season-best 10 saves against six goals allowed.

Gianforte (nine saves, eight goals allowed) improved to 3-1, as she played all 60 minutes in cage.

Richmond outshot Liberty, 39-25, on the afternoon and accumulated four more ground balls (20-16). The Spiders won the battle in the draw circle, 13-8, led by seven draws from Egizi and six from Caroline Queally. McCaffrey, White, Kayla Foster and Mia Toscano each collected two draws for the Lady Flames.

Richmond has now won each of the five all-time meetings against Liberty.

The Lady Flames will be back on their home turf on March 13 against Butler. Liberty defeated Butler, 16-9, in 2017 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.