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    Liberty Earns Record-Setting 24-2 Home Win Against Delaware State

    Mar 26, 2021 | Lynchburg Va | Lacrosse

    Liberty established a new program record for goals in a game, as the Lady Flames defeated the visiting Delaware State Hornets 24-2 on Friday afternoon at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.  

    Liberty runs its home record to 3-1 this spring and is 5-4 overall following today's record-setting non-conference win. Delaware State slips to 1-5.

    Sixteen different players scored in the game for Liberty, highlighted by first career goals from Jolie Blohm, Mia Blackburn, Hannah Davis (two goals), Brieanna Bernier and Katelyn Weissend. Seven Lady Flames scored multiple goals, led by Brooke Bryan's fourth game of three or more goals this season.

    Prior to Friday's record-setting performance, Liberty had scored 23 goals in a game three different times – at Kent State (April 23, 2019), at Presbyterian (April 12, 2015) and at Gardner-Webb (April 10, 2015).

    Thoughts From Head Coach Kelly Nangle
    "Today was a great day for our program. We dominated from start to finish with our entire roster. We worked together as a unit, shared the ball and executed all over the field. We had a lot of girls take advantage of their opportunities today, which will help us as we continue through the season. It has been fun to watch this team grow, develop and find its stride. This journey has been fruitful, and we are excited to keep grinding and prepare for our next challenge!" 

    Scoring Summary
    Liberty Goals:
    Brooke Bryan 3, Andrea Colavito 2, Carly White 2, Hannah Davis 2, Tori Banks 2, Anna DiRita 2, Lizzy Ferguson 2, Brieanna Bernier 1, Olivia Glaze 1, Katelyn Weissend 1, Jordan Sheive 1, Morgan Learn 1, Kelly Scott 1, Jolie Blohm 1, Mia Blackburn 1, Mia Toscano 1
    Liberty Assists: Leah Ruby 3, Brieanna Bernier 1, Brooke Bryan 1, Andrea Colavito 1, Olivia Glaze 1, Mackenzie Lehman 1, Carly White 1
    Delaware State Goals: Emily Campanelli 2
    Delaware State Assists: Rossella Nardi 1, Tamrin Swann 1

    W: Jennifer Soriero 5-4, zero saves
    L: Moe Brown 0-5, seven saves

    Turning Point
    Liberty took command of the contest from the opening draw, scoring 17 times in the opening half and striking for 23 unanswered goals prior to Delaware State's first goal of the day with 12:51 remaining.

    Here is a list of first career goals for the Lady Flames and when they happened in the game:
    • Jolie Blohm | First career goal with 11:22 left in the first half (unassisted)
    • Mia Blackburn | First career goal with 7:05 left in the first half (assisted by Leah Ruby)
    • Hannah Davis | First career goal with one second left in the first half (free-position shot)
    • Brieanna Bernier | First career goal with 29:01 left in the second half (unassisted)
    • Katelyn Weissend | First career goal with 17:29 left in the second half (assisted by Olivia Glaze)

    First Half Summary
    • Liberty attempted 32 shots in the opening frame, compared to only two for Delaware State. The Lady Flames did not allow a shot from the Hornets until the 5:49 mark of the first half.
    • After winning two of the game's first three draw controls, the Hornets only won one of the final 24 draws.

    Second Half Summary
    • The Lady Flames were efficient on free-position attempts over the final 30 minutes, going 3-for-3. Those three goals came from Carly White, Davis and Bryan.
    • Liberty's record-breaking 24th goal came from Bryan, her 19th goal of the season, with 2:52 remaining in the contest. Bryan buried a low shot into the left half of the goal.

    Key Stats & Notes
    • Liberty outshot Delaware State 43-5 and held edges in draw controls (24-3), ground balls (16-7), free-position goals (6-0), caused turnovers (9-3) and clearing percentage (1.000-.267).
    • Liberty's six free-position goals in the game is tied for the fifth most in a single game in program history.
    • Eight players collected multiple draw controls, with Andrea Colavito, Tori Banks and Mia Toscano leading the way with three apiece. Twelve Liberty players attempted two or more shots in the contest.
    • This is the Lady Flames' second game of 20 or more goals this season and the second 20-goal effort in the last three games (other: 20-16 win at William & Mary, March 13).
    • A total of 30 Lady Flames saw playing time in today's contest. Jordan Baerga and Lizzy Ferguson made their first career starts.
    • Seeing her first collegiate action, freshman defender Ella Gadoury led Liberty in both ground balls (3) and caused turnovers (2).
    • Goalkeeper Emma Kendrick saw her first action of the season today. The Waxhaw, N.C. native made one save in 31:15 of playing time. Jennifer Soriero picked up her fifth win of the season, as she started and played the other 28:45.
    • Liberty is now 2-0 all-time versus Delaware State and has outscored the Hornets 45-6 in two meetings.
    • The Lady Flames' two goals allowed were its fewest surrendered since shutting out Howard 22-0 on April 26, 2019.

    Up Next
    • Liberty will play its third nationally-ranked opponent of the season when it hosts No. 22 James Madison (4-3, 0-1 CAA), Wednesday afternoon at the Liberty Lacrosse Field. First draw will take place at 5 p.m., and the game can be seen on ESPN+.
    • The Lady Flames are 0-1 all-time against the Dukes. The two programs met on March 25, 2015 in Harrisonburg, Va., a 18-5 JMU victory.