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Lady Flames Topped by Ducks in Season Opener, Saturday Afternoon

February 8, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Keebler matched a career high with five goals against Oregon on Saturday.

Keebler matched a career high with five goals against Oregon on Saturday.

The host Oregon Ducks topped the Liberty Flames 20-12 to start the season, Saturday afternoon at Papé Field.

Liberty (0-1) falls in its season opener for the first time since 2017. Oregon improves to 1-0 on the year after the victory in what was the first-ever meeting between the two schools in lacrosse.

Lady Flames senior Carly White established a new career high with 10 draw controls in the contest. Junior Anna Keebler matched a career high with five goals. The Ducks' Shonly Wallace and Lillian Stump scored five times each in the game.

Scoring Summary
Liberty Goals: Anna Keebler 5, Carly White 3, Mia Toscano 3, Hannah Quast 1
Liberty Assists: Jenna Joyal 3, Carly White 1
Oregon Goals: Shonly Wallace 5, Lillian Stump 5, Jamie Level 4, Hanna Hilcoff 3, Carlie Leach 2, Allison Brown 1
Oregon Assists: Hanna Hilcoff 2, Carlie Leach 2, Jenna Level 2, Shonly Wallace 2, Brooke Rooney 1

W: Alle Dunbar 1-0, six saves
L: Emma Kendrick 0-1, seven saves

Turning Point
Liberty trimmed Oregon's lead to 10-9 early in the second half on a pair of goals from Hannah Quast and Keebler. However, the Ducks closed the game on a 10-3 run over the final 26:59 to secure the victory.

Leading 13-10 with 14:27 left on the clock, Wallace's fourth and fifth goals of the afternoon, along with an Allison Brown marker, put the Ducks ahead 16-10. The Lady Flames lost the final five draws of the game over the last 4:46, as Oregon scored four times during that stretch.

First Half Summary
• Liberty's Keebler and Mia Toscano both notched hat tricks in the opening 30 minutes to keep the visitors within striking distance. Keebler's goal with 28:03 made it 1-0 Lady Flames and was their only lead in the game.
• The Ducks' Stump scored four times in the first frame. Her last goals came just 13 seconds apart late in the first half and helped Oregon to a 10-7 advantage at intermission.
• Liberty redshirt freshman Emma Kendrick, making her first collegiate appearance, checked in at the 19:56 mark of the half. The Waxhaw, N.C., native made her first career save on a Wallace free-position attempt with 11:10 to play in the half.

Second Half Summary
• Oregon converted 10 of its 17 shots in the second stanza into goals. The Ducks also scooped up 12 ground balls in the final frame, compared to just seven for Liberty.
• Oregon goalkeeper Alle Dunbar (1-0) made four of her six saves after the break. Liberty's Kendrick (0-1) made five of her seven stops in the second half.

Key Stats & Notes
• Oregon held edges in shots (33-28), ground balls (21-17) and clear percentage (.800-.667) in the match. Both teams had eight caused turnovers. The Lady Flames turned it over 21 times in the game, compared to 18 for Oregon.
• Liberty players who made their first career appearances included: Kendrick, Kim Hagerty, Jordan Baerga and Hannah Davis. Lady Flames players Jennifer Soriero and Leah Ruby both made their first career starts, Saturday. 
•The Lady Flames are now 4-7 all-time in season openers. Liberty's previously two openers resulted in victories, including a 14-7 win at Mercer (2018) and a 15-5 victory at Lehigh (2 019). The Lady Flames have played their season opener away from Lynchburg each of the last five years.
• Senior attacker Jenna Joyal matched a career high with three assists in the game. Toscano recorded her third career three-goal game.
• Despite the setback, Liberty is still 2-1 against Pac-12 teams. The Lady Flames topped Arizona State in 2018 and 2019.
• Liberty was just 2-of-9 on its free position chances on Saturday.

Up Next
• Liberty will be back in action next Saturday at No. 23 Virginia Tech (1-0). First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Beamer-Lawson Indoor Practice Facility in Blacksburg, Va.
• The Lady Flames are 0-7 all-time against the Hokies. The two programs last met three years ago (Feb. 22, 2017) in Lynchburg, a 15-2 victory by Virginia Tech.