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    Liberty fell 20-7 to No. 22 Jacksonville on Senior Day, Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

    With the win, the Dolphins (11-3) remain unbeaten in the ASUN at 5-0 and have clinched the regular season title. Meanwhile, Liberty falls to 9-7 on the year and 3-1 in the ASUN. The Lady Flames are tied with Kennesaw State (11-5, 3-1 ASUN) for second place in the league. The two teams will square off next Saturday in the regular season finale in Kennesaw, Ga.

    Prior to today’s contest, the program honored its nine seniors – seven student-athletes and two support staff members – for their contributions to the program. Those honored included: defender Maggie Anderson, attacker Brooke Bryan, defender Alexa Evernham, defender Hannah Quast, attacker Leah Ruby, goalkeeper Jennifer Soriero, midfielder Mia Toscano, team manager Mitch Brown and team videographer Dan Flittner.

    Scoring Summary
    Liberty Goals: Brooke Bryan 2, Jordan Baerga 1, Mia Toscano 1, Mackenzie Lehman 1, Cami Merkel 1, Jordan Sheive 1
    Liberty Assists: Brooke Bryan 1
    Jacksonville Goals: Sarah Elms 5, Jenny Kinsey 5, Grace Hobson 3, Madeline Cloyd 2, Molly Brock 2, Lauren Craft 1, Mackenzie Boyle 1, Alyssa Arnold 1
    Jacksonville Assists: Sarah Elms 3, Jenny Kinsey 2, Madeline Cloyd 1, Lauren Craft 1, Miya Scanlan 1, Casey Sullivan 1

    W: Paige Pagano 8-0, 13 saves
    L: Jennifer Soriero 9-6, seven saves

    Turning Point
    Liberty got off to a strong start in the opening quarter, taking a 5-2 lead over the four-time defending champion Dolphins. In that opening quarter, Brooke Bryan scored twice, while Jordan Sheive, Cami Merkel and Jordan Baerga added goals.

    Jacksonville proceeded to go on a 10-0 run over the next 24:26, spanning the end of the first quarter, all 15 minutes of the second quarter and the first half of the third period. The Dolphins capped off the run with a goal from Sarah Elms with 8:01 left in the third, providing the visitors a 12-5 advantage.

    Liberty’s Mackenzie Lehman stopped the run with a goal at the 7:11 mark of the third quarter, but JU closed the game on an 8-1 run over the final 22:49.

    Key Stats & Notes
    • Jacksonville’s biggest advantage of the day came in the clear, as the Dolphins converted all but one of their chances (21-of-22, 95.5 percent). Liberty struggled to clear the ball, doing so at a 63.6 percent clip (14-of-22).
    • Liberty held edges in ground balls (18-12) and caused turnovers (11-8) in the contest. JU had the advantage in draw controls (18-14), shots (32-26), free-position goals (6-1) and saves (13-7).
    • All seven Liberty players honored on Senior Day were in the starting lineup this afternoon. Bryan paced the Lady Flames with a team-high two goals, while Soriero led the squad with three ground balls.
    • Midfielder Lizzy Ferguson matched a career high and led the team with three caused turnovers. She also paced the squad with four draw controls.
    • The Lady Flames entered the day averaging 20.67 goals per game in conference play and were held over 13 goals below that average.
    • JU improves to 9-0 all-time versus Liberty. The Lady Flames are 0-5 against the Dolphins since joining the ASUN. This was Liberty’s first time hosting JU since joining the league.
    • Liberty falls to 0-4 against top-25 teams this spring. The Lady Flames have faced 11 ranked squads over the last two seasons.

    Up Next
    • Liberty will close out regular season play at Kennesaw State (11-5, 3-1 ASUN), next Saturday. First draw is noon at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.
    • The Lady Flames are 3-0 all-time versus the Owls and won both matchups in 2021. Liberty bested KSU 17-6 on its Senior Day and defeated the Owls 23-11 in the 2021 ASUN Lacrosse Championship semifinals.