Karis Walborn netted her 28th goal of the season, Thursday, setting a new Liberty single-season scoring record.
Playing its final home game and National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) game of the season, the Liberty women's lacrosse team hosted Longwood, Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, the two-time defending NLC champions left Osborne Stadium as the victors, taking the contest, 18-10.
Liberty falls to 5-10 overall and closes out conference play with a 2-5 record. Longwood improves to 8-8 on the year and finishes league action with a 5-2 posting.
Kelsey Dean and Lauren Prasnicki led the Lancers with four goals, apiece. Jen Freymond paced Liberty with three goals, followed by Karis Walborn (2), Kristin Crowley (2), Annessa Jamison (1) Chloe McIntosh (1) and Jen Moyer (1).
With her pair of tallies, Walborn concluded the contest with 28 goals on the year, setting a new single-season scoring record. Walborn's scoring total surpasses the previous record of 27 set last season by Crowley.
All three of Freymond's markers came thanks to assists from Moyer, who finished with four helpers in the contest, setting a new Liberty single-game assist record. Moyer's four-assist effort bested the previous mark set by Freymond on April 5 versus Erskine.
Longwood fired off two goals in the opening 2:23 to take an early lead. Walborn tied the single-season scoring record 20 ticks later, finishing on a pass from Moyer to make it 2-1.
After two more Longwood markers, Crowley found the net at 14:56 for her 26th tally of the season. The junior captain's unassisted goal put Liberty within two, 4-2.
The two-goal trend continued, as the Lancers answered with another pair of goals in a span of 4:30 to up its advantage to four. Following nearly four minutes of scoreless action, Moyer found Freymond, who fired a shot past the Longwood goalkeeper to cut the deficit to three, 6-3, at 5:40.
Keeping with tradition, the visiting Lancers posted one last set of back-to-back goals over the next 1:36 to take a five-goal lead. Jamison closed out the period for the Liberty offense with an unassisted goal at 3:01, giving way to a halftime score of 8-4.
In the second half, neither team scored for nearly four minutes, until Longwood's Jamie Brentlinger found an open Amanda Bereznay, who finished on the play for the Lancers' ninth goal of the contest at 26:02.
Just before the 20-minute mark, Moyer fed a pass to Freymond, who capitalized on the Jen-to-Jen connection, putting Liberty back within four, 9-5.
Longwood responded with four-straight tallies over the next 5:12 to take a commanding eight-goal lead. McIntosh broke up the burst on a free position shot at 10:17, sinking her first goal of the season. The eight-meter marker gave the Dallas native her first goal since Liberty's 2010 season finale against Howard in the NLC Tournament on May 1.
After another Lancer tally allowed the visitors to reclaim their eight-goal advantage, Liberty answered with back-to-back goals from Crowley and Walborn, respectively, cutting the bulge to 14-8. Walborn's record-breaking goal occurred courtesy of a Jamison assist at 6:28, giving Liberty's leading scorer 28 markers on the season.
Longwood countered Liberty's two-straight goals with three of their own over the next 3:50. Freymond posted her third goal of the contest thanks to Moyer's fourth assist on the day at 2:29. Following the Lancers' final tally 33 ticks later, Moyer closed out the Lady Flames' scoring with 52 seconds remaining en route to the 18-10 final.
Juli Liebig played the entire 60 minutes for the Lancers, making seven saves. Kristen Masullo remained in the net for Liberty for 54:24, finishing with 11 saves. Blaire Barnhart came in the final 5:36, recording one stop.
Liberty heads to Banner Elk, N.C. on Saturday to take on Lees-McRae. The opening draw is set for 2 p.m.