Liberty topped Coastal Carolina 11-10, Sunday.
Liberty junior Jenna Joyal's late-game heroics, which included the game-winning goal with 59 seconds remaining, lifted the Lady Flames to an 11-10 ASUN road victory over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, Sunday afternoon at Brooks Stadium.
Liberty has now won a program-record six games in a row and improves to 10-2 on the season and 6-0 on the road. The Lady Flames also take over sole possession of first place in the ASUN at 3-0, a full game ahead of Coastal Carolina and Jacksonville (8-2, 1-0 ASUN).
Coastal Carolina (7-3) sees its five-match winning streak ended and falls to 2-1 in ASUN play. The Chanticleers also endured their first home loss of 2019 and are now 6-1 on their home turf.
Scoring Summary Liberty Goals: Jenna Joyal 3, Kayla Foster 2, Brianna McCaffrey 2, Carly White 2, Anna Keebler 1, Emily Browne 1 Liberty Assists: Mia Toscano 2, Kayla Foster 1, Jenna Joyal 1 Coastal Carolina Goals: Haley Alexander 4, Samantha Courtemanche 2, Lauren Cremebn 2, Jordan Harrell 1, Madeline Bromley 1 Coastal Carolina Assists: Haley Alexander 2, Lyla Robinson 2, Madeline Bromley 1, Hannah Close 1, Samantha Courtemanche 1, Jordan Harrell 1
Goalkeepers W: Katherine Widrick 10-2, 4 saves L: Harley Barrett 7-3, 7 saves
Thoughts From Head Coach Kelly Nangle "These girls are winners. I couldn't be more proud of the way they battled today. We had so many small moments of the game that made a big difference in the outcome. I'm proud of how everyone contributed. We had some girls who haven't played many minutes come on and make plays when we needed them. Our girls keep finding a way, and I couldn't be more thankful to have the opportunity to coach them. We are excited to have some much-needed rest before heading into another stretch of tough games!"
Turning Point Liberty trailed 10-8 with 16:57 to play following Coastal Carolina attacker Haley Alexander's game-high fourth goal. However, the Lady Flames closed the game on a 3-0 run for the win. Lady Flames junior captain Carly White drew the Lady Flames within one (10-9) with a man-up free-position goal with 13:56 on the clock.
Joyal delivered her second goal of the afternoon with 9:34 to play, tying the game. The junior attacker, the reigning ASUN Lacrosse Co-Player of the Week, then delivered the game-winning goal in the final minute. Following a Chanticleers turnover with 2:10 left in the contest and a ground ball from senior attacker Kayla Foster, Liberty successfully cleared the ball out of its zone. The Lady Flames' attack exhibited patience, working the ball around until Joyal found a seam in the Coastal Carolina defense.
Joyal drove to her left and fired a low left-handed shot through Chanticleer goalkeeper Harley Barrett's legs with 59 seconds remaining. The New Fairfield, Conn., native's third goal of the day and 23rd of the season gave Liberty its 10th victory of the season.
First Half Summary • The Lady Flames trailed 3-2 in the early going but responded with a three-goal run (Emily Browne, McCaffrey and White) to stake a 5-3 advantage. • Goalkeeper Katherine Widrick, who earned her 10th win of the year on Sunday, made three of her four saves in the match in the opening frame. • Coastal Carolina closed on a 4-1 run to take a 7-6 lead at the half. Alexander's 28th goal of the season came with 42 seconds remaining and broke a 6-6 tie right before intermission. • The Lady Flames struggled on their clearing opportunities in the first frame, converting 5-of-9 chances (55.5 percent). Coastal Carolina was successful on 80 percent (8-of-10) of its clears.
Second Half Summary • Following Joyal's go-ahead goal with 59 seconds on the clock, White won her sixth draw control of the contest. Liberty kept the ball away from Coastal Carolina in the final seconds to secure the win. • Liberty took an 8-7 lead early in the second stanza following goals from Joyal and Foster. Coastal Carolina countered with three goals over the next five-plus minutes (Madeline Bromley, two from Alexander) to regain a 10-8 edge with 16:37 left in the game. • Lady Flames freshman Morgan Learn played a key role in the draw circle in the second half. Learn won her second career draw control with 13:50 left in the game and also helped Liberty secure four of the contest's final six draws. • Liberty had four caused turnovers over the final 10:39 (McCaffrey, Claire Bratchie, Mackenzie Poist and Molly Blake) and held Coastal Carolina off the scoreboard for the final 16:37. • The Lady Flames also had to endure two man-down situation late in the game due to yellow cards with 12:06 left and 5;39 remaining. In the first man-up situation, the Chanticleers managed no shots and one turnover. During the second Coastal Carolina man-up opportunity, the Liberty defense held Coastal Carolina to zero shots and a pair of turnovers. • The Lady Flames held the Chanticleers to six shots over the final 30 minutes.
Key Stats & Notes • Liberty is 10-2 for the first time in program history. The Lady Flames' current six-match winning streak started on March 6 and spans 25 days. • The Lady Flames have won 23 of their last 30 games, dating back to the beginning of the 2018 season. • Neither team led by more than two goals in the tightly-contested contest. • Liberty held edges in shots (26-16), ground balls (19-14), draw controls (12-11) and caused turnovers (12-11). White led all Lady Flames with a game-high six draw controls. Liberty's Molly Blake, Brianna McCaffrey and Sarah Steenson paced the team with two caused turnovers apiece. • The Lady Flames are now 4-3 all-time against the Chanticleers following their first win over Coastal Carolina since 2015.
Up Next • Liberty will have nearly two weeks to prepare for its next game, a home contest against the Arizona State Sun Devils on April 12. First draw is set for 4 p.m. at the Liberty Lacrosse Field. • The Lady Flames and Sun Devils, a second-year program, squared off for the first time a season ago in Tempe, Ariz. Liberty defeated Arizona State 15-5 for its first-ever win over a Pac-12 foe.