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    Liberty Defeats ODU 18-7 on Wednesday for First Home Win

    Mar 2, 2022 | Lynchburg Va | Lacrosse

    Liberty earned a double-digit victory over visiting Old Dominion on Wednesday, defeating the Monarchs 18-7 at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

    The Lady Flames improve to 2-2 on the year and have won back-to-back games. Liberty’s 11-goal margin of victory is its largest ever over ODU. The Lady Flames are 4-3 all-time against the Monarchs. ODU falls to 2-4 this season.

    Liberty freshman Cami Merkel led the way with a career-high five goals in the contest. The Lady Flames also received three-goal efforts from Brooke Bryan and Mackenzie Lehman and two-goal games from Mia Toscano, Tori Banks and Olivia Glaze. Andrea Colavito also contributed one goal in the win.         

    Scoring Summary
    Liberty Goals: Cami Merkel 5, Brooke Bryan 3, Mackenzie Lehman 3, Mia Toscano 2, Tori Banks 2, Olivia Glaze 2, Andrea Colavito 1
    Liberty Assists: Brooke Bryan 2, Jordan Baerga 1, Tori Banks 1, Andrea Colavito 1, Mackenzie Lehman 1, Mia Toscano 1
    Old Dominion Goals: Lilly Siskin 1, Tess Meurling 1, Sydney Taylor 1, Corrinne Stratton 1, Payton Kisling 1, Callie Culhane 1, Moira Olexa 1
    Old Dominion Assists: Ali Mills 2, Lilly Siskind 2, Tess Meurling 1, Claire Porter 1

    Goalkeepers
    W: Jennifer Soriero 2-1, three saves
    L: Jenna Peccia 2-4, 16 saves

    Turning Point
    Liberty raced out to an 8-0 lead in the game’s first 12:18 and never led by less than seven goals the rest of the way. During that stretch, Lehman, Merkel and Glaze each scored twice. Bryan’s goal at the 2:42 mark of the first quarter provided the Lady Flames an 8-0 edge.

    Liberty’s dominance in the opening frame included an 18-1 edge in shots and 7-2 advantage in draw controls. The Lady Flames’ Lehman scored in the second quarter (14:16 mark) to make it a 9-0 game.

    First Half Summary
    • After taking an early 8-0 lead, Liberty maintained an eight-goal advantage into the half, leading 10-2. The Lady Flames’ second quarter goals came courtesy of Lehman (14:16 mark) and Bryan (1:04 mark).
    • Liberty outshot ODU 25-6 in the opening 30 minutes and held advantages in draw controls (9-4), caused turnovers (7-2), and ground balls (8-6). Toscano paced the hosts with four draws in the first half.

    Second Half Summary
    • ODU opened the second half by scoring four of the first seven goals to get within 13-6 with 12:45 remaining in the game. However, Liberty closed on a 5-1 run to settle the final score at 18-7.
    • During the final 12:45, Banks scored twice, and Bryan, Toscano and Merkel tacked on goals.

    Key Stats & Notes
    • The Lady Flames outshot the Monarchs 43-19. Liberty won the battle for ground balls (23-9) and caused turnovers (14-4) as well. The Lady Flames converted 17-of-22 clearing opportunities (77.3 percent), compared to 12-of-18 (66.7 percent) for ODU. Liberty cashed in on 5-of-8 free-position shots (62.5 percent), while the Monarchs were 0-of-3.
    • ODU held the 16-12 edge in draw controls. After losing nine of 13 draws in the first half, the Monarchs won 12 of the 15 draws in the second frame. Monarchs midfielder Caroline Shaefer led all players with eight, while Toscano paced the home side with five.
    • Liberty goalkeeper Jennifer Soriero shared team high honors with three caused turnovers and led the squad with three ground balls. Defender Mikayla Coghill also had three caused turnovers in the contest.
    • Merkel’s five-goal game is the second of the season by a Liberty player. Sophomore Jordan Baerga scored five goals for the Lady Flames in the season opener at Vanderbilt, Feb. 12. Merkel is up to 10 goals this season, second on the team behind only Lehman (11 goals).
    • This is Liberty’s first home victory of the season. The Lady Flames are 23-5 at the Liberty Lacrosse Field over the last five seasons.
    • The Lady Flames featured seven different goal scorers. The Monarchs also featured seven different scorers, with each player tallying one goal.
    • Freshmen Taiva Reinertson and Kate Troutman made their first career collegiate appearances today. Reinertson had a caused turnover and ground ball, and Troutman scooped up two ground balls.

    Up Next
    • Liberty will play another home game this weekend, taking on Robert Morris (2-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
    • The Lady Flames are 3-4 all-time against RMU. Each of the last two meetings have been decided by one goal. The Colonials edged the Lady Flames 9-8 in 2021, while Liberty prevailed 14-13 in 2020.