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Liberty Falls to No. 2 Duke, 4-3, in Overtime

October 22, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty field hockey honored its six seniors prior to Sunday's game against Duke.

Liberty field hockey honored its six seniors prior to Sunday's game against Duke.

Rose Tynan scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute to lift No. 2 Duke to a 4-3 overtime victory over host Liberty, Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

Tynan created a turnover inside the Liberty circle and fired a backhanded shot into the right corner for her 13th goal of the season, to end the contest.

Duke improves to 14-2 on the year, while Liberty drops to 6-9 overall.

The Lady Flames trailed, 3-1, early in the second half, before receiving goals from freshman Jill Bolton and senior Alynn Richardson during the 42nd and 55th minutes to knot the contest at 3-3. Bolton's goal came from the right side of the arc, a backhanded blast into the top right corner of the cage, her sixth of the year.

Richardson's match-tying marker occurred on a Lady Flames penalty corner. The senior, who was honored during Liberty's Senior Day ceremony prior to the match, tipped a shot attempt from Agueda Moroni just inside the crossbar and over the head of Blue Devils goalkeeper Sammi Steele.

Richardson's marker, her third of 2017, tied the game, 3-3, at 54:52.

Liberty fended off three penalty corners in the closing minutes to send the game to overtime, including one with 0s on the clock. On that attempt, Ainsley Gill's shot sailed wide.

Duke took the early lead, 1-0, at the 9:57 mark on Morgan Bitting's first goal of the season, assisted by Margaux Paolino.

The Lady Flames responded in the 13th minute, as Victoria O'Keeffe took a centering pass from Abby Julius and deposited the ball into the goal for her third tally of the season, evening the match at 1-1.

The Blue Devils scored just over five minutes before intermission, as Margaux Paolino set up a Caroline Andretta goal to give Duke a 2-1 edge at 29:22.

Duke held a 2-1 lead at half while winning the battle in shots (7-4) and short corners (5-1).

The visiting side pushed its lead to two, 3-1, on an Alexa Macintire penalty stroke goal in the 37th minute, before the Lady Flames charged back to force overtime.

Duke outshot Liberty, 21-11, in the contest while winning 14 penalty corners, compared to two for the Lady Flames. Macintire paced the Blue Devils' attack with five saves, while Moroni tallied five shots for Liberty.

Steele (14-2) made two saves in a winning effort, while Liberty goalkeeper Allison Schaefer (6-9) tallied four saves. Schaeffer four-save effort put her into a tie for the most saves in program history (206) with former Lady Flame Mallory Cuccio (206 saves, 2012-15). 

Prior to Sunday's game, the Liberty field hockey program honored its six graduating players: Cassidy Bremner, Monica Hernick, Summer Parker Alynn Richardson, Zosia Roberts and Rachel Suter.

Liberty will be back in action, next weekend. The Lady Flames will play their final BIG EAST regular-season contest at Temple on Friday. Liberty will then close out the regular season with a home match against North Carolina, Sunday.