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Liberty LAX Opens Conference Slate with Win

March 25, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty goalkeeper Kristen Masullo recorded 14 saves in the Lady Flames 15-10 victory over conference opponent Detroit Mercy.

Liberty goalkeeper Kristen Masullo recorded 14 saves in the Lady Flames 15-10 victory over conference opponent Detroit Mercy.

The Liberty women's lacrosse team picked up its second-straight win of the season, defeating fellow National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) member Detroit Mercy, Friday afternoon, 15-10.

The Lady Flames victory makes them 3-0 at Osborne Stadium this year, while moving their record to 3-3 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. The Titans are now 1-5 overall and 0-1 in NLC action.

Liberty's five-goal win-margin is its largest in program history. Each of the team's previous wins were decided by one goal.

Three Lady Flames posted three goals apiece for Liberty – Nina Dunay, Karis Walborn and Audra Menez, followed by Jen Moyer who netted two. Four Liberty players finished with one tally – Jen Freymond, Jordan Richardson, Anna Starling and Annessa Jamison. Emily Boissonneault and Anna Eidem finished with two goals apiece, followed by six Titans who each had one.

The Titans charged through the Liberty defense in the early going, scoring two quick goals. Boissonneault and Eidem netted the tallies, respectively, giving the Titans the 2-0 lead at 28:42.

Liberty responded over the next nine minutes with six unanswered goals. Five different Lady Flames found the back of the Detroit Mercy net during the span – Walborn, Dunay, Moyer, Freymond and Menez. Moyer scored twice during the run, while Freymond and Menez picked up their first career markers. The six-goal surge allowed Liberty to hold a 6-2 advantage with 19:42 remaining in the period.

The Lady Flames gave up just one more goal in the period, as Lindsey Saunders posted the Titans' third goal of the game off an Erin Campbell pass. Liberty then reeled off three straight goals, two of which came from free position shots posted by Walborn and Starling.

The final tally of the period occurred with 53 ticks left on the clock, when Moyer found an open Menez, who finished the play to give Liberty a 9-3 edge at halftime.

Detroit Mercy and Liberty traded goals for the opening 11:20 of the second half. Each team found the net on four occasions. Dunay capped off the back-and-forth battle, firing a shot past Titans goalkeeper Marybeth Flanagan to maintain a six-goal advantage for Liberty, 13-7, with 18:40 left on the clock.

The Titans answered with goals from Megan Callahan and Campbell near the 10-minute mark to cut the Liberty lead to four. Jamison prevented Detroit Mercy from making an extended run, as she picked up the first goal of her Liberty career with 6:51 left in the game. Menez followed up just over two minutes later with an unassisted goal of her own to close out Liberty's scoring on the day.

Ediem added one more marker for the Titans with under four minutes to play,
leading to the 15-10 final.

Liberty reached the offensive zone on 18-of-22 occasions, while the Titans were 11-of-16 on clear attempts. The Lady Flames also collected 19 groundballs in the contest, compared to 16 for Detroit Mercy. The Titans outshot the Lady Flames 38-26 and held the edge in draw controls, 14-13.

Kristen Masullo spent the entire 60 minutes in the net for the Lady Flames, making 13 saves. Flanagan manned the goal for the Titans for the duration of the contest, making eight stops.

Liberty returns to action on Sunday, playing host to NLC conference member Howard at 3 p.m.

The Titans head to Farmville, Va., on Sunday for a conference clash with two-time defending champion Longwood at noon.