Club Sports News

Lady Flames upset defending national champion

October 14, 2012  |  Boston, Mass. 

Katy Girnus scored a pair of goals, Laura Del Monte added one and Kristina Toppazzini stopped a furious late rally as the Liberty Lady Flames Division I hockey team knocked off defending national champion Northeastern University 4-3 Sunday at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass.

Northeastern got on the board first as Savannah Riley scored on a breakaway late in the first period to put the Huskies up 1-0. Shannon Kelleher increased the lead to 2-0 just 41 seconds into the second and it appeared that they would run away with the contest, but Liberty would not go away quietly. Girnus got the Flames flickering midway through the second off a feed from Sarah Stevenson and beat Huskies goalie Zoe Zisis to cut the deficit in half, and then got the equalizer off a Carrie Jickling assist three minutes later to tie the game heading into the third and final period.

The Lady Flames kept the momentum going their way into the final frame as Stephanie St. Amand got her first goal of the season five minutes in, and Del Monte added a critical insurance goal with just over two minutes remaining off an assist from Autumn Kucharczyk, heroine of Thursday night's win in Vermont.

The Huskies pulled their goaltender and kept the pressure up in the closing minutes, with Nicole Fox cutting the margin to 4-3 with 13 seconds remaining, but Toppazzini was up to the task and the Lady Flames held on for the victory.

"This is a big win for the program," said head coach Paul Bloomfield. "To be able to beat the team that not only knocked us out of nationals last season, but won it all, is a major boost of confidence for us."

Liberty gets 12 days off before travelling to East Lansing, Mich., to face the Michigan State Spartans at Suburban Ice. Game time is 9:30 p.m.

Schedule
Results
Sep 18, 7:00 PM -
vs.
Men's D1 Hockey
Potomac Patriots Junior A
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Women's D1 Hockey
vs. Tryouts
Aug 28, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

Equestrian
vs. Tryouts - Hunt Seat
Aug 28, 4PM-7PM - Equestrian Center

Cycling
vs. Informational Meeting
Aug 28, 4:30 PM - Club Sports Conference Room

Triathlon
vs. Informational Meeting
Aug 28, 4:30 PM - Club Sports Conference Room

Paintball
vs. Tryouts
Aug 30, 1:00 PM - Paintball Field

Full Schedule

Jul 25
Beach Volleyball
at NCSVA National Championship
MO: 5th WO: 9th

Jul 18
Beach Volleyball
at Wilmington Series
MN 3rd, WMN 3rd

Jun 13
Beach Volleyball
at Souther Sand
MO:3rd WO:5th WA:2nd

May 30
Beach Volleyball
vs. Liberty Open
MN 1st, WMN 1st

May 24
Crew
at ACRA Nationals
WMN 7th in nation

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