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Lady Flames Fall to Tribe for Sixth Consecutive Loss

March 26, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Natalie Silvers netted two goals in Saturday's 10-5 loss against William & Mary.

Natalie Silvers netted two goals in Saturday's 10-5 loss against William & Mary.

The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse squad fell to William & Mary by the final score of 10-5 at the Liberty Lacrosse Field, this afternoon.

With the loss, Liberty falls to 1-8 on the campaign, while the Tribe improve to 6-4 on the season.

For the second consecutive contest, Liberty struck first in the first two minutes of the contest. Natalie Silvers netted her third goal of the season in the second minute, assisted by Hannah Pridemore. Silvers' goal provided the Lady Flames with a 1-0 edge to begin the match.

William & Mary responded with seven unanswered goals over the final 22 minutes of regulation, taking a 7-1 advantage into halftime. Shannon Quinn and McKinley Wade notched two goals each during the 7-0 spurt.

The Lady Flames broke their 30-minute scoring drown when Michaela Rich collected her 8th goal of the season with 28:36 remaining in the second half to end William & Mary's 7-0 run. Rich's goal was assisted by captain Kallie Britton, her second assist of the season.

The Tribe bounced back with back-to-back goals over the next six minutes of play, claiming a game-high seven goal advantage at 9-2.

The Lady Flames responded with three unanswered goals of their own to cut the deficit to 9-5 with 7:38 remaining in the second stanza. Britton connected on a free-position attempt with 21:21 remaining in regulation for her team-best 15th goal of the season.

With 15:07 remaining, fellow redshirt-senior captain Callie Francis collected her 11th goal of the year on an assist by Kelly Belue to cut the deficit down to five goals.

The final Liberty goal of the contest came from Silvers, her second of the game. Silvers' tally was assisted by Kaitlyn Cassidy-Fischetti, cutting the Tribe's lead down to 9-5.

The Lady Flames could not overcome the early deficit as William & Mary's Elly Martins recorded the final goal of the contest with 4:52 remaining. Martins' goal extended the Tribe's lead back to five and solidifying the final score at 10-5.

Despite being outscored 4-3 in the second half, William & Mary outshot Liberty in the second stanza, 12-9. The Tribe outshot the Lady Flames 27-16 for the contest.

William & Mary won both the ground ball battle (20-14) and the draw control count (9-8).

Aubrie Tarris and Katherine Widrick split time in goal for the Lady Flames with Tarris garnering the start. Tarris was tacked with the loss, allowing seven first-half goals and notching six saves. Widrick finished the contest in goal for Liberty, recording six saves and allowing three goals on 12 shots.

Liberty returns to action on Wednesday at 4 p.m. with its conference opener against defending Big South champion, Winthrop. The contest will conclude the Lady Flames' four-game home stretch.