April 12, 2013
CONWAY - Down by one with 22 seconds remaining in the game, Coastal Carolina managed to gain possession in the offensive end, but could not find the game-tying goal as the Liberty Flames (7-8, 3-2) hung on to take a 7-6 win over the Chanticleers (4-10, 1-4) Friday night in Brooks Stadium.
The two sides matched up evenly, with Liberty taking a 19-17 advantage in shots, Coastal taking the 8-7 edge in draw controls and each team scooping 16 ground balls. The Chants converted 11 of their 16 clear attempts, while Liberty successfully cleared 12 of their 16 attempts.
Freshman Keri White led the Chants' scoring effort, netting two goals on five shots while providing the assist on two others. Fellow freshman Sara Nolan similarly scored twice on five shots. Paige Timberg and Kimmy DeLonge provided the final two goals for Coastal.
Nolan had a game-high four draw controls, while Rachel Ferrara and Maddy Ciardi led the Chants with three ground balls each. Coastal goalie Trista Kuehn had a solid day backstopping the Chants, making seven saves on 14 shots and grabbing three ground balls.
Jen Freymond was Liberty's main contributor on offense, scoring three goals on four shots. Kacie Fogle had two goals for the Flames, followed by Sam Struss and Nina Dunay with one each.
A quick downpour an hour before the start of the game resulted in a soggy field and caused the start time to be pushed back a few minutes, but the sun was shining again as each team prepared for the opening draw.
The game started at a somewhat slow pace due to the slick field, but it was Coastal Carolina that put the first marker on the board just 41 seconds into the game when White put a wrap-around shot behind Liberty goalie Kristen Masullo.
The Chants held the 1-0 lead until 25:50 of the first, when Fogle tied the game for the Flames with an unassisted goal.
Coastal regained the lead when White notched her second goal of the game, and 24th of the season, at the 17 minute mark of the first on another wrap-around tally that mirrored her first.
The field conditions played a large role in the remainder of the first half, slowing down each teams' offense. Liberty would score twice before the end of the half however, receiving an unassisted goal from Freymond at 8:16, and a free position goal from Struss at 1:09 to give the Flames a 3-2 advantage at the break.
Liberty extended its lead to 4-2 just over two minutes into the second half when Fogle scored her second of the game on a free position shot.
DeLonge responded for the Chants under four minutes later, taking a nice pass from Ferrara and burying a shot that brought Coastal back within one.
The Flames' offense continued to work however, and eventually received a goal from Dunay with 22:53 left to play.
With Coastal trailing by two, Nolan took the game into her own hands, scoring two goals 41 seconds apart to even the score at 5-5. DeLonge assisted on the first goal, and White provided the helper on Nolan's second of the game, ninth of the season.
The Flames' offense did not stay idle for long, and two consecutive Liberty goals put Coastal down by two with 14:50 remaining.
With Liberty playing keep-away to kill time, the Chants eventually managed to gain possession, resulting in a Timberg goal that was assisted by White at 7:08.
With 50 seconds to play, Coastal turned the ball over in Liberty's end. The Flames quickly took the ball to the opposite end of the field and attempted to run out the remaining seconds of the game, but an errant pass gave possession back to Coastal with 25 seconds on the clock. The Chants managed to work the ball into Liberty's end, but could not find a scoring opportunity before the clock hit zeroes.
Masullo recorded her seventh win in net for the Flames, stopping four of Coastal's 10 shots on goal.
The Chants return to action on Sunday when they host conference foe Davidson for a 1 p.m. match. Sunday's game is also senior day for the Coastal lacrosse team.