Second-Half Comeback Not Enough as Campbell Falls to Liberty 8-6
LYNCHBURG, VA. – Campbell scored five goals in the second half to come within one before falling to Liberty 8-6 Monday at Liberty Lacrosse Field. The loss was the Camels' second in a row, as they moved to 5-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big South.
"Playing two conference road games in three days over Easter weekend was a difficult challenge," head coach Phil Schuman said. "We were gassed today from the start, but I'm proud of the way we bounced back in the second half and gave ourselves every opportunity to win, but at the end of the day we didn't get the job done. Moving forward, we're going to figure out what mistakes we made that didn't allow us to capitalize at the end of the game and we'll get better from it."
Trailing 5-1 at halftime, the Camels came back with five goals after the break, including a 4-0 run, but couldn't overcome the deficit.
Henchcliffe opened the scoring in the second half just over three minutes into action, as she flashed in front of the goal and put it past goalkeeper Kristin Masullo for her second goal of the day.
The Flames answered with two goals to bring the score to 7-2 before the Campbell run. Hitch netted her first goal with 22 minutes to play on an unassisted shot. Henchcliffe nothched her final goal of the day with 16 minutes to go and Hitch tacked on another just three minutes later.
Hitch's third and final goal brought the Camels within one with under seven minutes to play in the game.
The last chance for the Camels came with five minutes to go, as freshman Loren Day had a shot, but Masullo was able to stop it.
The Flames held the ball for the remainder of the game, scoring their eighth goal with one second left on the clock.
Campbell took 21 shots on the day and picked up 24 ground balls. Junior goalkeeper Brittany Kincer made six saves on 14 shots faced, increasing her total to 83 on the season.
The Camels continue Big South play Friday in the final contest of their seven-game road slate. CU travels to Davidson for a 6 p.m. match at Richardson Stadium.