Pierson Leads the Bearcats Past Liberty

Crowley stopped Cincinnati's run with approximately 10 minutes left in the game, on her third unassisted goal of the afternoon and the 63rd of her career.

Pierson stretched the visitor's advantage back to four, 11-7, with 8:40 left in the game on Mercier's third assist of the game.

Liberty's Becker posted her second goal of the afternoon at the 6:02 mark, but goals from the Bearcats' Pierson and Ramsland led to the final score of 13-8.

Cincinnati outshot Liberty 18-8 in the second half, leading to a 28-18 advantage for the game. The Bearcats also held a clear advantage in draw controls in the second half, 9-3, to outdo the Lady Flames 16-7 for the entire game. Bell was key to Cincinnati's success, grabbing six draw controls by herself.

Statistically, Liberty was able to hold several advantages on the afternoon, including groundballs (21-15) and clears (12 for 18/9 for 18).

Jen Freymond had another strong defensive showing for the Lady Flames, posting game-highs for caused turnovers (3) and groundballs (7).

Liberty will hit the road later in the week, playing a pair of games in the New York City area. The team leads off with a 4:00 p.m. game against Long Island, Thursday, then faces Wagner at 1:00 p.m., Saturday.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. Junior attack Marissa Pierson (Sykesville, Md./Century) netted a career-high four goals and led the University of Cincinnati lacrosse team (3-2) to a 13-8 victory against Liberty on Sunday afternoon in the first meeting between the two teams at Liberty Lacrosse Field.

Senior midfielder Laura Simanski (Reisterstown, Md./Roland Park) registered her fourth-straight multi-goal game with two goals and one assists, while leading scorer Katie Kiriazoglou (Abingdon, Md./John Carroll) finished with a game-high six points (3g, 3a).

The Bearcats only trailed by as many as two goals before evening the score, 5-5, at halftime. After a scoreless five minutes, Liberty's Kristin Crowley netted the first goal of the second half, but Pierson made the equalizer to make it 6-6 five minutes later and put the game in Cincinnati's control.

UC steadily increased its lead to a game-high four goals, 10-6, and Pierson scored the next two-straight to make it a 12-8 game before Kylie Ramsland (Catonsville, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) put in one more in the final minute to settle the 13-8 final score.

UC outshot Liberty, 28-18, and held the advantage in draw controls, 16-7. Jennifer Walsh (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) stopped seven shots, while Liberty's Kristen Masullo had eight saves.

Cincinnati hosts Iona in its home opener on Saturday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m.

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