Women's Lacrosse Knocks Off Liberty in Season Finale, 18-12
PC ends the season at 3-16 while Liberty's record moves to 3-15. The result also gives the Blue Hose a perfect 4-0 marker in NLC consolation contests.
Kirsten Stenoien (Houston, Texas) ended her career in style, scoring a hat trick and two assists for five points. Megan Schaaf (Ellicott City, Md.) added five points as well.
Seniors Katie Prisco (West Babylon, N.Y.) and Laura Meade (Acworth, Ga.) each scored in their final collegiate games as well. Anne Lamb Crosby (Jacksonville, Fla.) also picked up four ground balls, the most of any PC field player.
The Blue Hose edged the Flames in the ground ball count by collecting a season-high 29 to Liberty's 25, led by goalkeeper Samantha Arey's (New Albany, Ohio) career-best of seven. Arey also made 11 saves in a complete-game effort.
Liberty scored the game's first goal, but PC responded with a five-goal run to take a lead it would not relinquish. The Blue Hose outscored the Flames 10-6 in the second half and led by as many as 10 in the final period.
Brianne Ward (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored PC's first goal 2:55 into the match to even the score. Ward streaked in front of the net and converted a Catherine Ellis (Charlotte, N.C.) assist. The duo switched for the next goal, with Ellis cashing in from a Ward feed that put the Blue Hose up early, 2-1.
Lauren Lefeber (Waxhaw, N.C.) scored the next two goals, tucking a shot past the goalkeeper from close range on a pass from Jaime Beamish (Memphis, Tenn. )before scoring from the free position. Lefeber's second goal gave PC a 4-1 lead with 20:35 remaining in the first half.
Arey stopped two straight free position shots and made a save on a shot from the field to keep Liberty off of the scoreboard. Bonnie Corrigan (Yorktown, Va.) gave PC its next goal, putting the Blue Hose up by four goals with 14:00 left on the clock.
Liberty's Nina Dunay broke the PC run thanks to a free position attempt, cutting PC's lead to three. Dunay then collected a rebound off of an Arey save and potted a low goal to make the score 5-3 in favor of the Blue Hose. Amber Nicholas then pulled the Flames within a goal from Audra Menez before Candice Parsons tied the match at 5-5.
PC answered, as Meade pushed the ball upfield from a ground ball and found Stenoien. The senior took to the left side and found Ellis in front, who fired a shot into the right side of the net to give PC the lead back, 6-5. Ellis tallied another 1:15 later for one of her four points and PC led by two, 7-5.
Jen Freymond slapped in a goal for Liberty but Stenoien had an answer, pushing the Blue Hose lead back to two heading into halftime, 8-6.
PC's halftime lead came in large part due to the play of Arey, who made eight saves and grabbed four ground balls in the opening half.
The Blue Hose began the second half on a five-goal run as five different players tallied the first five goals. PC held the Flames without a goal for the first 9:24 of the half.
Stenoien converted 1:45 after the first draw of the second half, pulling in a quick shot from a Schaaf feed. Meade then finished off a Prisco pass to give PC a 10-6 advantage early in the period.
Schaaf then worked her way from behind the net and threw a low shot into the back of the net to give PC its largest lead of the game, 11-6. Ward followed next with her second of the contest before a Lefeber goal extended PC's lead to seven, 13-6.
Liberty's Kacie Fogle snapped the run with her first goal of the game. The two sides traded possessions before Prisco checked the ball out of a Liberty defender's stick, recovered the ball and scored to put PC back up by seven with 11:44 to go.
Stenoien found Schaaf for the next goal before Schaaf went top-shelf on the free position for her second straight and third of the game.
Stenoien notched a free-position goal for a 10-goal lead and a running clock, but Fogle ended the four-goal run with 7:34 remaining.
Jena Ready (Charlotte, N.C.) restored the lead on Schaaf's second helper of the day.
Liberty ended the game with four goals but could not overcome PC's lead as the Blue Hose held on for the win.