LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Liberty women's lacrosse team shut out the visiting Howard Bison 22-0, Friday on Senior Day at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.
Friday's result marked the first-ever shutout victory for the program and first time in school history that Liberty held an opponent without a shot attempt as well. The Lady Flames close out the regular season with a 13-4 mark and a 5-1 record in the ASUN Conference in their first season in the league. Liberty matched a program record for wins (13), which established for the first time during the 2018 campaign (13-5 record).
Liberty will be the No. 2 seed for the ASUN Lacrosse Championship, held at Coastal Carolina's Brooks Stadium next Thursday and Saturday in Conway, S.C.
Howard drops to 0-13 on the year and 0-5 in the ASUN.
Prior to Friday evening's contest, the program honored its seven seniors – Brittany Tickle, Kaitlyn Cassidy-Fischetti, Faith Wells, Rachel Johnson, Katherine Widrick, Brianna McCaffrey and Kayla Foster – with a Senior Day Ceremony.
The senior class, which is the winningest senior class in program history with 37 victories over the past four seasons, combined for eight goals and five assists in the victory. The most memorable moment of the night came from senior Faith Wells. Wells, who had not appeared in a game for the Lady Flames in 1,518 days, started on her Senior Day and scored her first career goal late in the first half. Wells also had a caused turnover earlier in the half.
Senior Kayla Foster, Liberty's all-time points leader, paced the Lady Flames with a game-high and season-high six points on two goals and four assists. Senior Kaitlyn Cassidy-Fischetti scored a career-best three goals in the contest, and fellow senior Brianna McCaffrey added two goals and an assist. Senior Rachel Johnson started for the second time in her career and notched a caused turnover and ground ball in the winning effort. Senior goalkeeper Katherine Widrick earned her 13th win of the season and 26th of her career, logging the first 30 minutes in cage.
Liberty Goals: Kaitlyn Cassidy-Fischetti 3, Anna Keebler 3, Kayla Foster 2, Jenna Joyal 2, Brianna McCaffrey 2, Andrea Colavito 2, Anna DiRita 2, Maggie Anderson 1, Leah Ruby 1, Lizzy Ferguson 1, Emily Browne 1, Hope Flack 1, Faith Wells 1
Liberty Assists: Kayla Foster 4, Maggie Anderson 1, Grace Fletcher 1, Jenna Joyal 1, Brianna McCaffrey 1, Leah Ruby 1, Mia Toscano 1
Howard Goals: None
Howard Assists: None
W: Katherine Widrick 13-4, 0 saves
L: Andrea Fievre 0-12, 7 saves
The Lady Flames raced out to an 8-0 lead in the game's first 11-plus minutes and never looked back. Liberty's McCaffrey opened the scoring with a goal 35 seconds into the game, followed by goals two goals from Jenna Joyal and a goal from Anna Keebler.
Foster scored to make it 5-0 six minutes in, followed by a strike from freshman Andrea Colavito into the top right corner of the cage. Cassidy-Fischetti back-to-back goals at the 20:47 and 18:51 marks to bump the Liberty lead to 8-0.
First Half Summary
• The Lady Flames scored a season-best 17 goals in the first half, topping their previous best mark for goals in a half, which came on Wednesday at Kent State (15 goals).
• Liberty freshman Anna DiRita, who scored her first career goal two days ago, scored twice in the first half on Friday night.
• Lady Flames first-year player Hope Flack tied a program record with 12 draw controls in the first half alone. Flack and former Liberty player Morgan Becker (12 draw controls vs. Winthrop, April 25, 2014) now share the program record.
• Liberty outshot Howard 25-0 in the first 30 minutes and also held major edges in ground balls (10-1), draw controls (15-2) caused turnovers (8-0) and free-position goals (3-0). The Lady Flames' defensive pressure caused the Bison to go 0-of-8 on clear attempts in the opening half and 2-of-14 in the contest.
Second Half Summary
• Two Lady Flames freshmen, Flack and Maggie Anderson, scored their first career goals in the second half. Flack's was unassisted just 1:16 into the second frame, while Anderson scored her first goal at the 10:46 mark. Anderson also recorded her first career point with an assist in the first half.
• McCaffrey, Keebler and Colavito scored the other goals. Colavito's second goal of the night was Liberty's final tally and made it 22-0 with 5:19 left. Foster assisted on that goal for her 231st career point.
Key Stats & Notes
• Liberty is 13-4 through 17 games for the second time in school history. The Lady Flames also entered 2018 postseason play with 13 wins in their first 17 matches.
• The Lady Flames featured 13 different goal scorers and seven players who scored two or more goals.
• Liberty had edges in shots (39-0), draw controls (20-3), ground balls (22-6), caused turnovers (14-4) and clear percentage (100 percent to 14.3 percent).
• Colavito had the first multiple-goal game of her career with two goals, while Keebler had her second straight hat trick and seventh of her sophomore campaign.
• Freshman Morgan Learn had a career-best two caused turnovers, while Anderson had her first career caused turnover.
• This was Liberty's second-highest scoring output (22 goals), this season. The Lady Flames have scored 45 goals over the past two games.
• Liberty finishes its home slate with a 6-2 mark. The Lady Flames are 13-2 at the Liberty Lacrosse Field over the past two seasons.
• The Lady Flames will begin preparations for the 2019 ASUN Lacrosse Championship. Liberty will be the two seed for the conference tournament and will take on tournament host and No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina (12-4, 4-2 ASUN) next Thursday in the semifinal round at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.
• Liberty holds a 4-3 all-time series edge over Coastal Carolina. The Lady Flames topped the Chanticleers 11-10 on the road on a last-minute goal from Jenna Joyal, March 31.