Winthrop scored eight unanswered goals over the last 16 minutes and limited Liberty to only three second-half goals Wednesday afternoon to down the Flames 17-6 in Big South action.
Winthrop improved to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big South while Liberty fell to 1-9 on the year and 0-1 in conference play.
Logan McCarthy and Katie Clark each tallied four goals while McCarthy also added one assist. Shannon Gallagher finished with five points on three goals and two assists. Krista Frowein scored three goals and Danielle Ellis totaled three assists to along with her one goal.
Gallagher led the Eagles with five draw controls while Hayley Krause corralled four. Katherine Judge led the team with six ground balls and also picked up two draw controls and forced two turnovers. Goalie Alaina Girani finished with five saves.
Both sides started slow offensively, trading the first four goals through the opening 13 minutes. Winthrop then went on a 5-0 run with two goals each from McCarthy and Gallagher and a tally from Frowein to go up 7-2 with 6:26 left in the half. Liberty netted a goal with just under two minutes to go to enter the break, down 7-3.
Liberty looked to grab the momentum early in the second half, scoring 43 seconds in, to get within 7-4. Clark gave the Eagles a four-goal edge on a feed from Ellis with 25:54 on the clock. Liberty scored two of the next three, bookending a McCarthy goal and Winthrop’s lead was 9-6 with 18:09 remaining.
After the Flames pulled back within three, Winthrop shut the Flames out the remainder of the contest, scoring eight unanswered goals. Five different goal scorers contributed to the last eight goals including three from Clark as the Eagles reached the 17-6 victory.
Winthrop outshot Liberty 27-14 and the Eagle defense limited the Flames to only 11 shots on goal. The Eagles won the draw control and ground ball battles 14-11 and 13-9 respectively. Winthrop was a perfect 15-for-15 on clear attempts.
The Eagles will be off for the next week before hosting Presbyterian at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 at Eagle Field.