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No. 9 Liberty Survives Upset-Minded Providence, 4-3

October 25, 2015  Providence, R.I.  RSS
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Bethany Barr recorded six points in Liberty's 4-3 overtime victory over Providence on Sunday in Providence, R.I.

Bethany Barr recorded six points in Liberty's 4-3 overtime victory over Providence on Sunday in Providence, R.I.

The No. 9 Liberty Lady Flames rallied to defeat upset-minded Providence, 4-3, in overtime in Providence, R.I.

Liberty came from behind twice in the contest to improve to 11-4 on the season. With the loss, Providence falls to 4-12 on the campaign.

The Friars jumped on board first in the 13th minute when Megan Hamilton netted her fourth goal of the season. Providence then doubled its lead to two after Salene Schaffer netted an unassisted goal, her first of the season.

The Lady Flames regained composure and cut the deficit in half in the 24th minute when Bethany Barr picked up her first of two goals on the contest. Following the Liberty penalty corner, Serena Barr sent a pass to the top right side of the circle and Bethany sent a screaming shot into the far left corner of the frame. Barr's shot bounced off a defender's stick and into the back of the goal for the junior midfielder's seventh goal of the season.

The Lady Flames then knotted the contest at two apiece in the 30th minute of regulation. Coming off yet another penalty corner, Liberty took advantage of its opportunity when Serena Barr recorded the Lady Flames' second unanswered goal. Bethany Barr stopped the ball for Serena and the junior defender took care of the rest by taking one dribble and rifling a shot into the bottom left corner for the equalizer.

The Friars reclaimed the lead in the 56th minute following a penalty corner of their own. Emma Mackie's shot found the back of the net when the ball was deflected off a Liberty defender high above Mallory Cuccio's arms for the 3-2 advantage.

Hannah Jones recorded her first goal of the contest and fifth of the season with 12:22 remaining to even the score at three apiece. The Lady Flames capitalized on yet another short corner as Bethany Barr sent a pass across the front of the goal. Jones corralled the ball and flicked in the equalizer for the Lady Flames.

The Lady Flames found themselves in their third overtime contest on the season. Bethany Barr proved to be the hero for Liberty, notching the game-winning goal with two minutes remaining in the first overtime period. Barr's goal came following the short corner and was assisted by Serena Barr. Bethany Barr ripped a shot towards the edge of the goal and the ball clinked off the post and into the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season.

Bethany Barr finished the contest with two goal and two assists, recording a point on each of the Lady Flames' goals and notching six points during the contest.

Mallory Cuccio improves to 11-4 in the net for Liberty and added three more saves to her program-best 194 career saves.

The Lady Flames will return to action on Thursday at 7 p.m. with a potential Top 10 battle with current No. 3 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., in Liberty's final road contest of the 2015 regular season. The Tar Heels ousted the Lady Flames, 2-1, in the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament first round a year ago in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Nov. 15.