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    No. 17 Jacksonville Edges Liberty 13-8 in ASUN Championship Final

    May 8, 2021 | Kennesaw Ga | Lacrosse

    No. 1 seed Jacksonville edged No. 2 seed Liberty 13-8 in the 2021 ASUN Lacrosse Championship final, Saturday afternoon at Kennesaw State's Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

    The 17th-ranked Dolphins improve to 11-1 on the season and earn the ASUN's automatic berth into the 2021 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship. Jacksonville has won four straight ASUN titles.

    Liberty falls to 10-9 following the loss. The Lady Flames have now appeared in three conference finals (two ASUN, one Big South) in school history.

    Saturday's matchup marked the second straight meeting between the Lady Flames and Dolphins in the ASUN Championship title game.

    Liberty goalkeeper Jennifer Soriero set the school record for ground balls in a season, as she scooped up her record-breaking 63rd ground ball in the first half. Soriero finished the game with four ground balls and 66 ground balls on the year. Soriero also made 10 saves in the contest, her seventh double-digit save effort this season.

    Attacker Brooke Bryan scored four goals for the Lady Flames, giving her 50 goals this season.

    ASUN Championship MVP Sarah Elms of Jacksonville scored a game-high six goals.

    ASUN All-Tournament Team
    Liberty's Carly White, Brooke Bryan and Jennifer Soriero were each selected to the ASUN All-Tournament team for their performances at the championship.

    Senior midfielder Carly White – 2 games, 2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

    Redshirt sophomore midfielder Brooke Bryan – 2 games, 8 goals, 1 assist, 9 points

    Sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Soriero – 2 games, 1-1 record, 12.00 goals-against-average, 19 saves, .442 save percentage, 7 ground balls

    Scoring Summary
    Liberty Goals:
    Brooke Bryan 4, Leah Ruby 2, Carly White 1, Mia Toscano 1
    Liberty Assists: Carly White 2
    Jacksonville Goals: Sarah Elms 6, Jenny Kinsey 4, Molly Brock 1, Mackenzie Boyle 1, Megan Prescott
    Jacksonville Assists: Alyssa Arnold 3, Molly Brock 1, Grace Hobson 1

    W: Addy Tysdal 9-0, four saves
    L: Jennifer Soriero 10-9, 10 saves

    Turning Point
    Liberty used a 4-0 run spanning the end of the first half and beginning of the second half to draw within one, 7-6, with 24:20 to play. During that run, Brooke Bryan scored the final two goals of the first half, both on free-position shots to cut the JU lead to three (7-4) at the half. The Lady Flames' Leah Ruby scored the first two goals of the half to trim the Dolphins' lead to one, 7-6.

    Jacksonville responded with a 6-1 run, capped off by back-to-back-to-back Jenny Kinsey goals to take a 13-7 lead with 2:23 remaining. Liberty's Bryan scored the final goal of the day with 55 seconds left on the clock, her milestone 50th goal.

    Key Stats & Notes
    • Liberty held a 15-8 advantage in draw controls, led by a career-high nine draw controls from midfielder Lizzy Ferguson. Ferguson had an ASUN Tournament-high 17 draw controls in two games.
    • Jacksonville outshot Liberty 37-23 and held a 22-17 edge in ground balls. Liberty scored five free-position goals, compared to two for JU. The Dolphins were a perfect 20-of-20 on clearing attempts, while Liberty was 17-of-25.
    • This is the third straight full season in which Liberty has won more 10 or more games.
    • Bryan is only one of two 50-goal scorers in program history, joining Katy Pridemore (52 goals, 2015). She scored a school-record 21 free-position goals on 35 attempts in 2021.
    • Liberty went 10-1 this year when scoring 10 or more goals. The Lady Flames finished the season with an 0-8 record when scoring in single digits.
    • White, Bryan and Soriero each earned ASUN All-Tournament team honors for the first time in their respective careers.
    • White wraps up her Liberty career as the program record holder in ground balls (203) and free-position goals (28, tied for first) and ranks second in points (190), assists (77), draw controls (224) and caused turnovers (108). She is also fourth in school history with 113 career goals.
    • Senior defender Sarah Steenson finishes her Liberty career with 104 caused turnovers, third most in school history, and 92 ground balls (No. 13 in program history). Attacker Grace Fletcher closes her time as a Lady Flame with 57 goals and 68 points (both No. 15 in program history).
    • Liberty played its most difficult schedule in school history, featuring seven ranked opponents.