Virginia Tech Throws Cold Water on Liberty Flames

LYNCHBURG, Va. Despite a season-high 14 saves from goalie Kristen Masullo, the Liberty Lady Flames were knocked off by the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies, 15-6, on Wednesday afternoon at Liberty Lacrosse Field.

With a loss in their final non-conference game of the season, the Lady Flames fall to 5-7 (1-1 Big South) overall. Virginia Tech improves to 7-5 on the year and 3-1 against Big South Conference schools.

The Hokies opened the contest with a quartet of goals in the opening three minutes of the contest. Liberty's Nina Dunay ended the run with the first of her three goals on the afternoon to pull the Lady Flames within three, at 4-1, with 21:12 remaining in the opening half.

After Virginia Tech went on its second 4-0 spurt of the first half, Dunay tallied her second marker of the afternoon with just under four minutes left in the half.

The Hokies' Megan Will recorded her third goal of the game 1:20 later to put the visitors on top 9-2. The Lady Flames trimmed the Virginia Tech lead to 9-4 heading into the break, after goals from Jen Freymond and Morgan Becker in the final 1:02 of the opening stanza.

With 7:57 expired in the second half, Dunay found the back of the net for the third time on the afternoon, and 17th time on the season, pulling Liberty within four, at 9-5.

The Hokies put the game away with six consecutive goals to go on top 15-5 with 3:52 showing on the game clock.

The Lady Flames' final score of the game came from Sam Struss off of an assist from Becker with 2:42 remaining in the contest.

Virginia Tech outshot the Lady Flames, 35-6, and corralled 24 ground balls to the home team's 12. Liberty owned the advantage in draw controls, 14-9, and held the Hokies to only one goal on six free position attempts.

In addition to Masullo's 14 saves, Kristen Boland made three saves, while playing the final 10:18 of the contest for Liberty. For the Hokies, Alex Gale and Alexis Carey each played a half and neither one recorded a save as the Lady Flames converted all six of their shot attempts into goals.

Friday, the Lady Flames will finish their home schedule versus the Presbyterian College Blue Hose at 3:00 p.m. Before the game, a group of four seniors, Chloe McIntosh, Candice Parsons, Amber Nichols and Jen Freymond, will be honored as part of Senior Day. Those in attendance at Friday's contest against the Blue Hose will be given a free t-shirt.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. Virginia Tech took down the Liberty Flames, 15-6, at the Liberty Lacrosse Field Wednesday evening. Megan Will led the Hokies with five goals, while Nina Dunay paced Liberty with a hat trick.

Will got the Hokies (7-5) out to a hot start as she received the relay off the opening draw put away the game's first goal 12 seconds into play. Brooke Martin kept things going in the opening minute after causing a turnover on the other end of the field and booking it back to toss in a fast-break pass from Julia Heaps. Martin and Will teamed up on Martin's next goal and Will added another to force a Liberty (5-7) timeout exactly three minutes into the game.

Production slowed after the regrouping and Liberty eventually got on the board when Dunay put away her first of the day, but the Hokies strung together a four-goal run to give them an 8-1 lead with under eight minutes to play.

Liberty put together a 3-1 run of its own to close out the half, but Tech entered the break with a 9-4 lead and 19-4 shooting advantage.

The Hokies did not get out to quite the quick start that they did in the first half, but that didn't stop the attack. Will started things off again with 18 minutes remaining in the game when she put a pass from Heaps into the back of the cage. Tech turned that opening goal into a six-goal run that spanned throughout the rest of the second half.

Tech finished the day with a 35-6 shots edge and a 24-12 advantage on ground balls.

Alex Gale got the win for the Hokies and was replaced at the half in goal by Alexis Carey. Kristen Masullo was in goal for the Flames and made 17 saves in the loss.

The Hokies will return to the field on Wednesday, April 10 to host Longwood at Thompson Field at 4:00 p.m.


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