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Lady Flames Fall to NLC-Leading Panthers, 22-7

April 20, 2012  High Point, N.C.  RSS
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Nina Dunay provided three goals for the Lady Flames, Friday evening.

Nina Dunay provided three goals for the Lady Flames, Friday evening.

An 8-0 run from High Point to close the first half provided the Panthers all they needed, Friday evening, as they claimed a 22-7 National Lacrosse Conference win over the Liberty Lady Flames at Vert Stadium.

Liberty drops to 3-10 on the season and 2-3 in NLC contests.  The Panthers improve to 11-3 overall and lead the NLC at 5-0. Kristen Masullo recorded the loss, playing the opening 30 minutes of action and making five saves. Freshman Kristin Boland closed out the contest for Liberty, also making five saves. The Panthers' Anna Wallingford earned the win, logging all 60 minutes while making 10 saves to improve to 10-3.

Nina Dunay paced the Lady Flames with three goals. Kristin Crowley, Mikayla Henry, Jen Moyer and Candice Parsons each scored once. Parsons and Kacie Fogle each chipped in an assist.

The Panthers were led by Alexis Goldman, with six goals. Mackenzie Carroll and Christie Dougherty contributed three apiece, while Grace Gaeng and Kelsy Mugele each had two goals. Six more Panthers tossed in one apiece.

High Point grabbed a 4-0 advantage through the first seven minutes of game play before Liberty could find the back of the net. Sophomore captain Moyer halted the run at the 21:19 mark, while Dunay cut the deficit to two, 4-2, with 17:34 remaining in the first half.

Gaeng and Goldman then recorded a pair of goals in a 22-second span to stretch the advantage back to four, 6-2.

Dunay scored her second marker at 12:50, but it would be the visitors' final tally of the first half.

High Point closed out the half with an 8-0 burst over the final 9:17, stretching the lead to 14-3 at the intermission.

The Lady Flames cut the deficit down quickly to open the second half. Crowley netted her 33rd goal of the season, after being set up by Parsons. Parsons then cashed in on her own scoring opportunity, with the assist going to Fogle.

However, the Panthers quickly responded after their lead was cut to single digits, with Goldman scoring back-to-back goals.

Dunay and Henry scored unassisted markers for two of the game's next three goals, coming at 21:49 and 18:08, but that would cap the Lady Flames' scoring on the evening.

High Point closed the game with five unanswered goals, en route to the 22-7 final score.

The Panthers outshot Liberty, 37-18, for the game, while also holding a strong advantage on the draw, 19-11. Gaeng accompanied her two goals with a game-high five draw controls for High Point.

Liberty was 14-for-19 on clear attempts, and turned the ball over 18 times. High Point was 17-for-20 in setting up their offense, and made just 10 turnovers.

High Point held the slight advantage in ground balls, 24-22. Chloe McIntosh and Cammille Little led Liberty with three apiece, while HPU's Jasmine Jordan recorded a game-high of five.

The Lady Flames continue their weekend trip in the Tar Heel State and are scheduled to take on Davidson at 1 p.m., Sunday afternoon. The day marks the Wildcats' Senior Day, and both live stats and live video will be available.