Liberty Drops Road Contest at No. 4 Notre Dame
Liberty saw its three-game winning streak snapped, as No. 4 Notre Dame prevailed, 19-5, at Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium on Friday evening.
The Lady Flames fall to 4-4 this season. Notre Dame (3-2) moves above .500 and is 4-0 all-time against Liberty.
Liberty Goals: Brooke Bryan 2, Carly White 1, Jordan Baerga 1, Jordan Sheive 1
Liberty Assists: Mia Toscano 1, Carly White 1
Notre Dame Goals: Maddie Howe 4, Samantha Lynch 4, Madison Ahern 2, Hannah Dorney 2, Kasey Choma 2, Savannah Buchanan 1, Madison Mote 1, Jackie Wolak 1, Abby Maichin 1, Cailin Field 1
Notre Dame Assists: Jessi Masinko 3, Savannah Buchanan 2, Madison Ahern 1, Andie Aldave 1, Kelly Donnelly 1, Maddie Howe 1, Olivia Jacobsen 1, Erin McBride 1, Kathleen Roe 1
W: Bridget Deehan 3-2, five saves
L: Jennifer Soriero 4-4, six saves
Leading 9-4 at the break, the Irish scored five times in the first 9:35 of the second half to take a commanding 10-goal lead. Notre Dame won the draw control battle 10-2, scored seven unanswered goals and limited Liberty to just one goal and six shots in the final 30 minutes.
First Half Summary
• Liberty hung close with Notre Dame in the first half. The two teams traded goals for the first six goals of the day, with the Lady Flames' Brooke Bryan scoring twice during that span. Her second goal, a free-position tally at 22:08, evened the game at 3-all.
• The Irish scored the next six goals to distance themselves from the Lady Flames. Maddie Howe's fourth goal of the half put Notre Dame ahead 8-3, and Kasey Choma scored with 1:59 to go.
• Liberty's Jordan Baerga notched her sixth goal of the season right before the break (eight seconds left), keeping the visitors within five (9-4) heading into the locker room.
Second Half Summary
• Notre Dame outscored Liberty 10-1 in the second stanza and outshot the Lady Flames 18-6.
• Lady Flames freshman Jordan Sheive scored the visitors' final goal of the evening with 10:18 to play. The attacker leads all Liberty first-year players with 11 goals and ranks tied for third on the team in points (15).
Key Stats & Notes
• With two goals, Bryan tallied her fourth multiple-goal game of the season. Bryan leads the team in goals with 16 and shares the team lead in points (19).
• Senior defender Sarah Steenson, who entered the game ranked No. 11 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.50), led Liberty with two caused turnovers. Mikayla Coghill paced the Lady Flames with three ground balls.
• Sophomore midfielder Morgan Learn made her first start of the season and fourth career start. The Goode, Va., native recorded two draw controls.
• The Irish had two players, Howe and Samantha Lynch, score four goals apiece.
• Notre Dame outshot Liberty 33-16 and held advantages in draw controls (18-8), ground balls (12-7), caused turnovers (13-8), free-position goals (5-3) and clear percentage (.933-.722)
• Friday's contest marked Liberty's second-ever game against a top-five opponent.
• The Lady Flames are averaging exactly five goals per game against ranked opponents in 2021 (0-2 record) and 13.67 goals per game versus unranked foes (4-2 record).
• Liberty will face another road challenge at former Big South Conference rival High Point (2-6) to wrap up a four-game road trip. Wednesday's content between the Lady Flames and Panthers will commence at 5 p.m. at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.
• Liberty has one win all-time against High Point, which came in overtime fashion (16-15 final) in 2015 at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.