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Liberty Falls 14-9 to No. 25 High Point on Road, Wednesday

April 17, 2019  High Point, N.C.   RSS
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White had 10 ground balls, seven draw controls, one goal and three assists on Wednesday against No. 25 High Point.

White had 10 ground balls, seven draw controls, one goal and three assists on Wednesday against No. 25 High Point.

Liberty's comeback efforts fell short on Wednesday evening in a 14-9 loss at No. 25 High Point at Vert Stadium.

The Lady Flames fall to 11-4 on the year and have lost two straight. The Panthers are now 12-4 this season and have won eight in a row.

Liberty held advantages in nearly every major statistical category on Wednesday night, including: shots (27-25), ground balls (27-24), caused turnovers (20-16), free-position goals (2-1) and clear percentage (90 percent for Liberty, 85.7 percent for High Point).

Liberty junior Carly White had four points (1 g, 3 a) in the game to go along with seven draw controls and a career-high 10 ground balls, the second most in a game in program history. Lady Flames sophomore attacker Anna Keebler recorded her fifth hat trick of the season, and juniors Jenna Joyal and Hannah Quast scored two times each. Allie Little of High Point led all players with seven points (3 g, 4 a) in the contest.

Scoring Summary
Liberty Goals: Anna Keebler 3, Jenna Joyal 2, Hannah Quast 2, Carly White 1, Grace Fletcher 1
Liberty Assists: Carly White 3, Kayla Foster 1, Mia Toscano 1
High Point Goals: Allie Little 3, Samantha Herman 2, Mena Loescher 2, Rachel Foster 2, Valerie Pelling 1, Abby Hormes 1, Kylie Holthaus 1, Nicole Pugh 1, Carol Amster 1
High Point Assists: Allie Little 4, Valerie Pelling 3, Samantha Herman 1, Kylie Holthaus 1, Abby Hormes 1, Mena Loescher 1, Nicole Pugh 1

W: Sarah Zeto 11-4, 13 saves
L: Katherine Widrick 11-4, 4 saves

Thoughts From Head Coach Kelly Nangle
"I'm proud of this group. I'm proud of how we responded from Sunday. We showed a lot of character today in pivotal moments that will make us a better team moving forward. We have a lot of lacrosse left to play, and I'm excited to keep growing and building with this team. They are resilient, never give up and leave it all on the field. We are excited to get back to work and finish the regular season strong."

Turning Point
Liberty junior attacker Grace Fletcher scored the first goal of the game, her sixth of the season, at the 27:18 mark of the first half to give the Lady Flames an early 1-0 cushion. However, the Panthers responded with eight straight goals of the next 22:10 to take an 8-1 lead. During that run, High Point's Little scored three times.

The Lady Flames closed the half on a 4-1 run and trailed 9-5 at intermission. Liberty got within three (11-8) with 17:24 left in the contest but could not get any closer the rest of the way.

First Half Summary
• Despite the Panthers' aforementioned 8-0 run, the Lady Flames still remained even in shots (14-14) and held advantages in draw controls (8-7), caused turnovers (13-10) and clear percentage (90.9 percent-88.2 percent) in the opening 30 minutes.
• Liberty's 4-1 spurt to end the half featured two goals apiece from Keebler and Joyal. Keebler's second goal, assisted by Carly White, sent the Lady Flames into the half trailing 9-5.

Second Half Summary
• High Point appeared to be on the verge of pulling away when Rachel Foster scored goals 25 seconds apart in the first three minutes to give the hosts an 11-5 edge.
• However, the Lady Flames rattled off three goals in a row (White, Hannah Quast and Keebler) to get within three. Keebler's third goal of the day, assisted by White, sliced the High Point lead to 11-8 with 17:27 left.
• Liberty held High Point off the scoreboard for nearly 20 minutes (19:13), but the Panthers closed out the game by scoring three of the final four goals over the last 7:47. High Point goalkeeper Sarah Zeto made 13 saves on the night, seven of those after intermission.

Key Stats & Notes
• White's 10 ground balls on Wednesday are the most of any non-goalkeeper in a game in program history and the tied for the third most of any DI player, this spring. The Marietta, Ga., native had seven of those 10 ground balls before halftime and also led Liberty's efforts on the draw with a game-high seven draw controls.
• Sophomore midfielder Mia Toscano drew her first career start in the contest. She tallied an assist in the game.
• Liberty, which entered the game first in the nation in caused turnovers per game (16.14), had 20 of those on Wednesday. White paced the way with four, followed by three apiece from sophomore defenders Claire Bratchie and Maddi Little.
• High Point has now won nine of 10 all-time meetings with Liberty.

Up Next
• The Lady Flames will have a week before their next contest. Liberty will travel to Kent, Ohio, for an ASUN matchup against the Kent State Golden Flashes (2-13, 1-4 ASUN). First draw will take place at 3 p.m., next Wednesday at Dix Stadium.
• This will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Liberty (3-1) is currently in second in the ASUN, while Kent State (1-4) ranks sixth.