CONWAY, S.C. - ASUN newcomer and second seeded Liberty continued to take the league by storm on Thursday afternoon, as they marched into Brooks Stadium and upended host No. 3 Coastal Carolina by a score of 18-8. The win clinches Liberty's second-ever appearance in a conference championship, with their last coming in 2015 as members of the Big South Conference.
The Flames started off strong and never looked back. Liberty jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first 12:27 before Coastal responded with two goals to cut the lead in half. That would be as close as the Chanticleers would get, as they Flames went on an 8-0 run, including seven straight to end the first half.
Anna Keebler tied a season-high with five goals for the Flames to lead the offensive charge. First Team All-Conference member, Carly White tallied a hat trick with, with two of her goals coming by the top-shelf variety. Brianna McCaffrey, one of the top defenders in the nation, caused a team-high three turnovers on the afternoon. She also picked up four ground balls and won four draw controls, while chipping in with a goal and an assist. Katherine Widrick was dynamite in net for the Flames, as she allowed just eight goals while making eight saves. Coastal's eight goals were their lowest output in an ASUN contest this season.
Liberty advances to face top seed and two-time defending champion, Jacksonville on Saturday at 1 PM ET. The Flames look to capture their first-ever conference title, and secure their first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. Follow the entire 2019 ASUN Lacrosse Championship live on ESPN+ as all games will be streamed. Join the conversation by following @ASUNWLax on Twitter.
ASUN Women's Lacrosse Championship Notes
- Liberty's win marked their 14th on the year, which sets a program record for wins in a season
- Anna Keebler's five goals matched a season-high, with her previous high coming back on March 6th
- The Flames caused 14 turnovers in the with vs. Coastal. They lead the nation in that category at 16.00 per game
- Coastal Carolina finishes the season with a mark of 12-6. It marks the fifth-straight season with double-digit victories