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Lady Flames Stay Unbeaten on Road With 14-10 Win Over Paladins

March 9, 2019  Greenville, S.C.   RSS
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Liberty scored 10 goals in the second half of a 14-10 win at Furman, Saturday.

Liberty scored 10 goals in the second half of a 14-10 win at Furman, Saturday.

The Liberty women's lacrosse team used a 10-goal second half effort to remain unbeaten on the road this season, defeating the host Furman Paladins 14-10 on Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium.

Liberty is now 4-0 on the road in 2019 and 6-2 overall. This is the first time in program history the Lady Flames have won their first four road contests in a season. Liberty's 6-2 mark on the season matches its best eight-game start in school history, equaling their start in 2018. 

Junior captain Carly White had a career day for the Lady Flames in the victory, tallying four goals, two assists, six points, eight draw controls, six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Nine different Liberty players scored goals, and the Lady Flames outscored the Paladins 10-5 over the final 30 minutes of play.

Scoring Summary
Liberty Goals: Carly White 4, Anna Keebler 2, Jenna Joyal 2, Kayla Foster 1, Mia Toscano 1, Grace Fletcher 1, Brianna McCaffrey 1, Hannah Quast 1, Mackenzie Poist 1
Liberty Assists: Carly White 2, Kayla Foster 1, Anna Keebler 1 
Furman Goals: Grace Pollak 5, Sophie Brennan 2, Hannah Demis 2, Lauren Farber 1
Furman Assists: Sophie Brennan 3, Lauren Farber 1, Hannah Feinberg 1, Leah Nonnenmann 1, Abby Shields 1

W: Katherine Widrick 6-2, 7 saves
L: Courtney Baker 2-5, 5 saves

Thoughts From Head Coach Kelly Nangle
"Credit to Furman, they gave us about all we could handle. They came out ready for us. I'm proud of how our girls responded. We showed a lot of character today. We had stretches where we weren't doing very much well, and we dug in and battled and made plays when we needed them most. We have some work to do this week to clean some things up and prepare for a very good Kennesaw State team on Saturday. We are really excited to play our first-ever ASUN game."

Turning Point
Liberty went on a 7-1 run over the first 8:35 of the second half to turn what was a one-goal deficit at halftime (5-4) into a four-goal lead, 10-6. Keebler's first goal of the day evened the score at 5-5 with 27:42 remaining, and just 42 seconds later, White scored her second of the day to put the Lady Flames ahead 6-5 with 27:00.

After Liberty was assessed a green card shortly after White's goal, the Lady Flames scored a pair of man-down goals to take control of the game. A caused turnover and ground ball from junior defender Sarah Steenson jumpstarted a Liberty fast break, which junior Jenna Joyal cashed in to make the score 7-5 with 25:58 to go. On the Lady Flames' ensuing possession, White scored a man-down goal at the 25:34 mark to provide Liberty an 8-5 edge over Furman.

Liberty scored three of the next four markers (McCaffrey, White and Keebler) to build a five-goal advantage with 21:25 left. Keebler's goal, a free-position shot into the top right corner of the cage, made it 11-6 Lady Flames.

First Half Summary
• Liberty led 4-1 through the first 10:07 of the match following goals from White, Quast (free position), Toscano and Foster.
• The Lady Flames were held scoreless over the final 19:53 of the half. The Paladins outscored Liberty 4-0 over the final 16:31, getting one goal from Sophie Brennan and three goals in a row from Grace Pollak. Pollak's fourth goal of the day with 2:41 remaining in the frame provided Furman a 5-4 edge heading into the break.
• Furman held advantages over the Lady Flames in shots (15-11), draw controls (7-3) and clear percentage (100 percent to 66.7 percent) over the first 30 minutes.

Second Half Summary
• Liberty's 10 goals marked its highest second half offensive output of the season. The Lady Flames attempted 16 shots in the second half, scored three free-position goals and dominated the draw circle 12-4 over the final 30 minutes. White finished with eight draw controls, while Liberty freshman Hope Flack had six of her own.
• Furman trailed 13-8 with 12:16 left following a Fletcher goal, but they cut the Liberty lead to three (13-10) over the next five minutes with goals from Brennan and Demis. With just over two minutes left, the Paladins tried to clear their zone with one final push. However, a White interception led to a fast break. After Furman was called for a shooting space penalty, White found Joyal for a goal, the final goal for either team, at the 1:46 mark.

Key Stats & Notes
• Liberty, which entered the day No. 2 nationally in caused turnovers per game (15.86), generated 17 caused turnovers. McCaffrey led all players with five, followed by Steenson with a career-high-matching four.
• The Lady Flames held advantages over the Paladins in draw controls (15-11), caused turnovers (17-11) and ground balls (19-17). Liberty also converted 50 percent (4-of-8) of its free-position chances, compared to 25 percent (1-of-4) for Furman.
• Senior goalkeeper Katherine Widrick turned aside seven shots. Saturday's victory was her sixth of the season and 19th in her career, which moves her into a tie for first place for most goalkeeper wins in program history alongside Kristen Masullo (2011-14).
• White's excellent campaign has the junior from Marietta, Ga. leading the squad in goals (19), assists (10), points (29) and ground balls. In two games this week, the midfielder had seven goals, three assists, 10 points, 10 draw controls, 10 ground balls and five caused turnovers.
• With two points in the game, Foster is now one shy of 200 career points (199). She is the program's all-time career points leader.
• Saturday's game was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Up Next
• The Lady Flames will spend their spring break training in South Carolina and Georgia. Next Saturday, Liberty will play its first-ever ASUN Conference contest at Kennesaw State (2-3) in Kennesaw, Ga.
• The Lady Flames and Owls will be squaring off for the first time.