Foster set a new program record with her 188th career point, Sunday against Notre Dame.
The Lady Flames lacrosse team staged a late comeback over the final seven-plus minutes against No. 20 Notre Dame, but the attempted rally came up just short. The Fighting Irish edged Liberty 14-10 on Sunday at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.
Trailing 14-5 with under eight minutes to play, Liberty scored five times over the final 7:07, but Notre Dame held on for its third victory of the year.
The Lady Flames are now 2-1 on the season. Notre Dame improves to 3-0. Sunday marked the first time Liberty had ever hosted Notre Dame in any sport.
With a four-point (1 g, 3 a) effort on Sunday, Liberty senior captain Kayla Foster became the program's all-time career points leader (188). Foster's second half assist to sophomore Anna Keebler with 6:46 remaining was the 188th point of the senior's storied career.
Foster needed only 58 games to reach 188 career points and is program leader in points per game as well (3.24). She surpassed former Lady Flame Morgan Becker, who recorded 187 points in 73 games from 2011-15.
Keebler and Liberty junior captain Carly White both scored three goals in the match. White's hat trick was the 10th of her career. Andie Aldave and Samantha Lynch each had four goals for the visitors, who displayed strong passing with 10 assists as a team.
Scoring Summary Liberty Goals: Carly White 3, Anna Keebler 3, Grace Fletcher 2, Kayla Foster 1, Jenna Joyal 1 Liberty Assists: Kayla Foster 3, Jenna Joyal 1 Notre Dame Goals: Andie Aldave 4, Samantha Lynch 4, Nikki Ortega 2, Jessi Masinko 1, Mollie Carr 1, Hannah Dorney 1, Maddie Howe 1 Notre Dame Assists: Jessi Masinko 4, Mollie Carr 2, Hannah Dorney 2, Andie Aldave 1, Savannah Buchanan 1
Goalkeepers W: Samantha Giacolone 3-0, 4 saves L: Katherine Widrick 2-1, 12 saves
Turning Point The Fighting Irish never trailed, scoring the game's first three goals in the opening 4:23. However, the Lady Flames hung close, with Jenna Joyal's goal at the 1:11 mark cutting the Notre Dame lead to 6-4 at the half.
Notre Dame's 8-1 run to start the second frame proved to be the difference in the game. During that stretch, the Fighting Irish scored four straight man-up goals. Lynch and Howe each scored two times during the run, with Jessi Masinko's lone goal of the game making it 14-5 Fighting Irish with 8:59 remaining in the contest.
Liberty got to within four on Keebler's third goal of the afternoon with 1:44 left, but Notre Dame fended off the Lady Flames' last chance on attack to preserve the win.
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Here is a look at senior captain Kayla Foster's program-record-breaking 188th career point, a beautiful feed to sophomore Anna Keebler in front!!! pic.twitter.com/EMwZlUfRuM — Liberty Lacrosse (@libertywlax) February 17, 2019
Here is a look at senior captain Kayla Foster's program-record-breaking 188th career point, a beautiful feed to sophomore Anna Keebler in front!!! pic.twitter.com/EMwZlUfRuM
HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE!!! Kayla Foster's assist on an Anna Keebler goal gives her 188 career points, a new program record!!! Congrats, @kayla_fosterr!!! pic.twitter.com/UNRgpQAwiz — Liberty Lacrosse (@libertywlax) February 17, 2019
HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE!!! Kayla Foster's assist on an Anna Keebler goal gives her 188 career points, a new program record!!! Congrats, @kayla_fosterr!!! pic.twitter.com/UNRgpQAwiz