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Video recaps Liberty's second ACHA DI women's title run

April 6, 2018  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Sophomore forward Alex Smibert scored the winning goal in the Lady Flames' 2-1 triumph over Adrian. (Photo by Joel Coleman) test test test test
Sophomore forward Alex Smibert scored the winning goal in the Lady Flames' 2-1 triumph over Adrian. (Photo by Joel Coleman)

Liberty University's ACHA Division I women's hockey team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for all but one week throughout the 2017-18 season, which culminated in the Lady Flames (29-3) winning their second national championship in four years with a 2-1 triumph over second-ranked Adrian (28-3-1).

Liberty finished 27-1 against ACHA competition this season, including 21-0 away from the LaHaye Ice Center. The Lady Flames' only loss came in their first contest of the spring semester, on their home ice against No. 3 Michigan State, ending a program-record 19-game winning streak.

After slipping behind Adrian to No. 2 for the sixth ranking period, Liberty reclaimed the No. 1 spot from the Bulldogs in the regular season by beating them on Nov. 17, 4-1 in Michigan.

The rematch with Adrian in the ACHA final was the first national title for first-year Head Coach Chris Lowes, who led Liberty's ACHA DII men's hockey team to the championship game the past two seasons, and eighth-year Assistant Coach Justin Forth, who had taken the 2014-15 season off.

The Lady Flames became one of only six teams in the 18-year history of the ACHA DI Women's National Championship to claim multiple titles, trailing only Lindenwood (four) and Miami (Ohio) University (three).

Three Liberty players were selected to the All-ACHA DI Tournament First Team — senior defenseman and alternate captain C.J. Tipping, junior forward Lauren McDonald, and freshman forward Shelby Bradford, who was named the Tournament MVP. Lady Flames sophomore forward and alternate captain Vanessa DeMerchant earned All-ACHA DI Tournament Second-Team recognition.

 

Video by Monika McKenzie/Club Sports Video & Media Specialist, and Rett McGibbon/LFSN Sports Anchor

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