April 14, 2013

Liberty Wins in Double OT Against Winthrop

from press release

Morgan Becker's sudden-death goal in the second overtime period gave Liberty a 12-11 win over the host Winthrop Eagles on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field. The victory secures a top-four finish in the Big South Conference for the Lady Flames and a berth into the conference lacrosse championship, which begins on April 26.

With the win, Liberty improves to 8-8 (4-2 Big South) overall on the year. Winthrop falls to 9-7 on the season and 3-3 in conference clashes.

Winthrop scored a trio of quick goals to open the contest. Claire Feeney notched the first two goals for the Eagles off of assists from Danielle Ellis on both plays. After having her first shot attempt turned away by Liberty goalie Kristen Masullo, Winthrop's Logan McCarthy scooped up the rebound and whipped the ball into the back of the net to put the Eagles on top 3-0 with 25:50 remaining in the opening stanza.

The Lady Flames' Amber Nichols put the visitors on the scoreboard, firing a shot into the top of the goal off of a free-position attempt at the 23:14 mark on the first half. Just under five minutes later, Liberty's Jen Moyer also scored on a free-position attempt to pull the Lady Flames within one at 3-2.

Winthrop's Krista Frowein scored to push the home team's lead back to two at 4-2 with 11:30 left until the halftime break.

With under 10 minutes to play in the first half, Masullo turned away a shot by the Eagles' Shannon Gallagher and the ball was scooped up by defender Chloe McIntosh. The Lady Flames worked the ball up the field to Kacie Fogle. The sophomore raced past the Winthrop defense and bounced a shot under the stick of goalie Camille King, making the score 4-3 in favor of Winthrop.

Liberty tied the score with 4:39 remaining in the opening stanza. Sam Struss circled the back of the net and delivered a pass to attacker Kallie Britton in front of the net. The Liberty freshman received the ball and flicked it into the goal, evening the score at four apiece.

The Eagles notched a man-up goal with 2:30 left in the half to take a 5-4 lead into the break.

The Lady Flames tallied a quick goal with just over a minute elapsed into the second stanza. Candice Parsons split the Eagles' defense and fired a shot into the top of the net to even the score at five each.

After Winthrop went back on top with a goal at the 26:44 mark of the second half, Liberty once again tied the score a mere 38 seconds later. Nina Dunay assisted on Nichols' second of three tallies during the contest.

Gallagher and Feeney notched back-to-back two scores to put the Eagles on top, 8-6, with 19:45 remaining in the contest.

Beginning at the 18:21 mark of the second stanza, the Lady Flames reeled off three consecutive goals to take their first lead of the contest. Struss tallied the first goal, before Jen Freymond tied the game with her 22nd score of the year. Morgan Becker put the visitors on top 9-8, scoring her 23rd marker of the season off of a free-position attempt with 14:24 left until the final horn.

In a game full of momentum shifts, Winthrop jumped back in the lead with two scores, the second of which came with 8:42 remaining in the contest.

The Lady Flames tied the contest less than a minute later as Nichols registered her third score of the game and 12th of the year. Liberty took the lead with 4:31 left in the final half. Struss found the back of the net on a free-position attempt for her second marker of the contest.

With less than a minute showing on the game clock, Winthrop's Gallagher scored off of a helper from Alyssa Blevins, sending the match to overtime with the score tied at 11.

During the first overtime, Liberty tallied two shots, but could not put it in the back of the net. Winthrop registered its lone shot on the final play of the period, but Gallagher's attempt sailed high, sending the game into the second overtime.

Gallagher grabbed the draw control to begin the second overtime. The Eagles' attacker promptly turned the ball over and it was scooped up by Struss with 2:38 remaining in the period. After a shot by Struss sailed high, the Lady Flames ended the game as Becker lined the ball past King, giving Liberty the 12-11 victory.

For the contest, Winthrop outshot the Lady Flames, 35-28, and controlled 18 draws to the visitor's nine. Liberty held the edge in ground balls, 20-14, and caused turnovers, 8-7.

Masullo finished the game with 11 saves in between the pipes for Liberty, while King stopped four shots in the loss.

Liberty will play its final regular-season contest of the season on Saturday at Longwood. Game time against the Lancers is scheduled for 1 p.m.


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