Sam Struss recorded a career-best two goals, Saturday, in the Lady Flames' loss to Detroit-Mercy.
Detroit-Mercy jumped out to an 11-1 lead over Liberty in the first half, then maintained their advantage in the second half en route to the 19-5 National Lacrosse Conference victory, Saturday morning at Titan field.
The Lady Flames fall to 2-8 and 0-1 after their NLC opener. Detroit improves to 2-7 and is now 1-1 in NLC action. Liberty goalkeeper Kristen Masullo recorded nine saves during her 30 minutes of action and recorded the loss. Freshman Kristin Boland played the final 30 minutes, recording three saves. Three Titan goalkeepers saw time, but freshman starter Lexie McCormick recorded the win with 52:05 minutes between the pipes. She recorded six saves and allowed three goals.
Freshman Sam Struss and sophomore Jen Moyer each scored a pair of goals for the Lady Flames, while Caroline Milwicz added the final tally. Morgan Becker contributed an assist.
The host Titans were led by the senior combination of Anna Eidem and Emily Boissonneault, who recorded eight and six goals, respectively. Corina Mahor added three, while Zaynib Hamse and Lindsey Saunders each had one marker. Six Detroit goals came with an assist.
Detroit came out firing in the first half, as they scored 11 goals before Liberty got on the scoreboard. Eidem had five of her goals in the first frame, including the game's opening goal.
Struss prevented Liberty from going scoreless through the first 30 minutes, scoring Liberty's goal with under 10 seconds left in the period.
Liberty tried to pressure the Titans in the second half, but Detroit often had a response.
Struss opened the second 30 minutes with her second score less than a minute in, cutting the deficit to nine, 11-2.
However, Detroit responded directly after the draw, with Boissonneault converting a goal just 12 seconds later.
After another Titan goal, Moyer scored a free-position goal to bring the margin to 10 again, with 22:39 remaining in the game.
The Titans then reeled off the next five goals over a 15-minute span, to put the contest out of reach, 18-3 with only 7:07 remaining.
Liberty finished by scoring two of the game's final three goals, leading to the final margin of 19-5 in favor of the Titans.
The Titans outshot Liberty 34-16 on the afternoon, and converted on 5-of-9 free-position shots. Liberty was 1-for-7 in free-position opportunities.
Detroit also held the advantage in draw controls (16-10), including taking nine to Liberty's four in the opening half. Kacie Fogle and Boissonneault posted the game high for draw controls, grabbing five. Each team scooped up 16 ground balls during the contest.
Liberty was successful on 14-of-19 clears, while Detroit cleared 15-of-18 attempts. Detroit also held less turnovers, 14-18.
With Liberty's Sunday game against Howard being cancelled by the hosts, the Lady Flames' next contest is not until April 13. The team will continue its NLC schedule by welcoming Jacksonville for a 7 p.m. contest.