Ruby recorded her first career goal and first career assist in Liberty's 10-5 win at Winthrop, Friday.
A 6-0 run over the final 21:21 of the game lifted the visiting Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team to a 10-5 triumph over the host Winthrop Eagles, Friday at Eagle Field.
With the win, Liberty is 2-0 on the young season. Winthrop falls to 0-3 with the setback.
Lady Flames redshirt freshman Mackenzie Poist scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, her first career goal, with 15:51 remaining in the contest. Freshman Leah Ruby also added her first career marker with 8:42 left.
Eight different Lady Flames scored in the game, led by three goals from Jenna Joyal. The junior has now opened the year with back-to-back hat tricks and paces Liberty with six goals on the season.
Scoring Summary Liberty Goals: Jenna Joyal 3, Carly White 1, Kayla Foster 1, Brianna McCaffrey 1, Grace Fletcher 1, Hannah Quast 1, Mackenzie Poist 1, Leah Ruby 1 Liberty Assists: Carly White 1, Grace Fletcher 1, Leah Ruby 1 Winthrop Goals: McKenna Blick 3, Lauren Morris 2 Winthrop Assists: Savannah Paton 2, Lauren Asher 1, Olivia Deaver 1, Ellie Marindin 1
Goalkeepers W: Katherine Widrick 2-0, 7 saves L: Alaina Girani 0-3, 17 saves
Thoughts From Head Coach Kelly Nangle "Today was a great road win. Winthrop is a good team that always plays a great game against us. I am proud of how we endured and how different girls stepped up when we needed them to. This team is tough, they fight for 60 minutes and they support each other. We are really excited to get to work tomorrow to prepare for a very good Notre Dame team!"
Turning Point After the Eagles took a 5-4 lead on a goal from Lauren Morris at the 23:06 mark, the Lady Flames scored six unanswered goals over the next 16:13 to put the game away. During that stretch, Fletcher evened the game at 5-5 (assisted by Ruby-first career assist) with her second goal of the year, followed by the game-winning goal from Poist with 15:51 left after she dodged a pair of Winthrop defenders and found the back of the net to make it 6-5 Liberty.
Nearly three minutes later, a Liberty fast break led to Joyal's second goal of the afternoon, a blast into the top left corner. At the 11:33 mark, Joyal capped off the hat trick with a free-position goal, making it 8-5 Lady Flames. Ruby (8:42 left) and junior Hannah Quast (7:53) sealed the victory for Liberty with their goals, settling the final score at 10-5.
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