An early 8-0 run catapulted the Vanderbilt Commodores past the Liberty Lady Flames, 20-10, on Sunday evening at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.
The Lady Flames fall to 0-3 on the year following the home setback. Vanderbilt improves to 2-0 on the season after opening the year with a 24-1 win over Kennesaw State at home, last week.
The Commodores were quick to strike, netting the contest's first goal in the second minute of play. Mallory Schonk collected the first goal of the game and her fourth goal of the season to place Vanderbilt ahead, 1-0.
The Commodores scored seven unanswered goals, including three by Alexa Kunowsky, three by Kelly Chandler and one more strike by Schonk to extend the Vanderbilt lead to 8-0.
Freshman standout Katy Pridemore placed the Lady Flames on the board during the 16th minute of play. Pridemore gathered the ball behind the goal and faked to the left side before sprinting around to the right side of the net. Pridemore then ripped the ball into the back of the net to cut the eight-goal lead by one.
Vanderbilt's Caroline Peters pushed the lead back to eight, netting her third goal of the season at the 10:36 mark.
Sam Struss answered Peters' goal with a goal of her own in the 22nd minute, her sixth goal on the young campaign.
The Commodores seemed content on trading goals, as Jill Doherty notched her third goal of the season to push the lead back out to eight, 10-2.
Liberty closed the half on a 4-0 run to cut the lead in half. Nina Dunay collected her fourth goal of the season to begin the Lady Flames' run. After a successful clear attempt by the red and blue, Michaela Rich seized the ball and found Dunay streaking to the goal for Liberty's third goal of the competition.
Struss connected on her second goal of the match, and seventh of the season in the 26th minute of the opening stanza. After a Vanderbilt yellow card, the Lady Flames were granted the ball from the baseline. Kallie Britton found Struss darting toward the net for the Liberty goal, cutting the lead to six.
Dunay capitalized on two more goals to end the half, both unassisted. Dunay's second goal of the contest came with 4:02 remaining the first half. The Commodores called a timeout, but to no avail. The Lady Flames' run continued with Dunay completing the hat trick with 2:42 left in the opening frame.
Liberty only needed 54 seconds in the second half to net another goal to cut the lead to three, 10-7. Struss connected for her third goal of the contest and eighth of the season to mark the fifth unanswered goal by the Lady Flames.
Vanderbilt regained their composure with Doherty netting her second goal of the contest to extend the Commodores' lead back to four, 11-7.
Kunowsky pushed the Vanderbilt lead to five, 12-7, after her fourth goal of the contest, with 18:36 remaining in the competition.
Struss netted her fourth goal of the competition, the sixth game in her career with four or more goals. Once again, Rich was able to earn the assist after finding the Evans City, Pa. native, cutting to the net.
Struss spun past one defender, zipping the ball into the left side of the net to cut the deficit to four, 12-8. Liberty would not cut further into the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Vanderbilt outscored the Lady Flames 8-2 during the final 17 minutes of play. The Commodores' goals included two more from Schonk and two more from Chandler.
Rich netted her first goal of the contest and fourth of the season. Pridemore dished her team-leading fourth assists, aiding Rich's goal at the 13:47 mark of the second.
Pridemore herself capped off the final goal for Liberty, recording her sixth goal in three games. After Struss picked up the groundball, she flicked the ball to co-captain Morgan Becker. The redshirt-senior passed the ball on to Pridemore who then ripped the ball into the net for the Lady Flames 10th goal of the contest.
The Commodores owned all facets of the contest, outshooting Liberty, 46-19. Vanderbilt also scooped up more groundballs, 23-18, and won 19 draw controls to the Lady Flames' 13.
Juliann Elmer recorded 23 saves in the loss, pushing her saves total to 50 on the season.
The Lady Flames return to action on Feb. 25 when they host George Washington. The contest is slated to begin at 4 p.m. at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.