LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Coastal Carolina women’s lacrosse team dropped a 14-13 heartbreaker to Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Chanticleers fall to 7-6 on the year while the Flames improved to 6-5 with the victory.
The duo of Kayla Downey and Samantha Courtemanche led the offensive attack for Coastal as Downey scored five goals and added an assist for six points while Courtemanche finished with two goals and five assists for seven points.
On the defensive third, redshirt freshman Claire Martell finished with 10 saves in goal while defender Haley Wells scooped up three ground balls. Emily D’Orsaneo tied the program’s career mark in both games played and games started by starting in her 74th career contest.
The Flames were led by Brooke Bryan with four goals and Jordan Sheive with three goals and an assist.
Defensively, Liberty’s Jennifer Soriero tallied nine saves and two caused turnovers while Alexis Evernham, Carly White, and Kim Hagerty each scooped four ground balls.
Liberty jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Sheive found the back of the net with just 25 seconds expiring from the game clock.
The Chants’ Downey answered with two of her five goals as the transfer attacker scored the first goal with 27 minutes left to even the match up at 1-1. Just under two minutes expiring from the game clock, Courtemanche found Downey to give CCU the 2-1 advantage.
The Flames evened it up at 2-2 with 15:36 remaining in the first half as Mia Toscano found Sheive in front of the net.
CCU’s tandem of Downey and Courtemanche teamed up once again with 14:41 left in the opening half to give the Chants a 3-2 lead before Avery Snyder (10:07) and Avery Drouin (9:12) added to Coastal’s total for the 5-2 advantage.
With just under eight minutes remaining, Liberty answered on goals by Hagerty (7:56) and Jordan Baerga (7:18) to cut the lead to 5-4 until the break.
Coastal’s Downey pushed the Chants advantage to 6-4 off an assist by Abbey Buchanan with 6:27 left in the first half. Courtemanche tallied her fourth assist of the half as the graduate student found teammate Abi George on the cut with 29 seconds left before the Ellicott City, Md. native assisted on Buchanan’s tally with four seconds left for the 8-4 halftime score.
Liberty opened the second half with five unanswered goals as Bryan (28:17, 25:18) scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 8-6 followed by a Mackenzie Lehamn goal to the score at 8-7. Sheive evened the score at 8-8 with 22:20 left to play before Brooke scored the hat trick with 21:38 on the game clock for the first Flames lead at 9-8 since the early first half 1-0 advantage.
CCU’s Snyder scored the second of her three goals with 20:41 left to even it up at 9-9 before Liberty jumped out to a two-goal advantage on goals by Bryan (19:50) and Toscano (18:06) for the 11-9 lead.
Both teams traded goals back-and-forth for the final 14 minutes following an uncontested goal by Courtemanche after a foul in front of the net by the host goalkeeper. With the goalkeeper put behind the graduate attacker, Courtemanche took a step and fired a shot into the empty net cutting the LU lead to 11-10.
Liberty’s Andrea Colavito scored her first goal of the day by forcing a turnover in the defensive end before filling the side of the net to increase the Flames’ advantage to 12-10.
Coastal cut the lead to 12-11 on Downey’s final goal of the game with 12:32 remaining before Liberty pushed its advantage to 13-11 on Baerga’s second goal of the contest with just under 11 minutes left in regulation.
The Chants fought back to knot up the match at 13-13 as Snyder (10:11) scored off an assist from Downey and Courtemanche (9:07) tallied her second score of the match.
With just 1:23 left to play, Liberty’s Olivia Glaze gave the home team the 14-13 advantage.
Coastal had an opportunity to send the match to overtime as Courtemanche fired a free position shot with four seconds left on the game clock only to be turned away by the final save of the match from Soriero.
Coastal Carolina returns to Southern Conference action on Friday, April 16, as the Chanticleers will host the Mercer Bears in Conway, S.C. at Brooks Stadium. The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
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