Sep 30, 2008

Frescura nets 15 goals in women's hockey weekend wins

by Chris Wong

The Lady Flames hockey team opened up its season in dominant fashion by dismantling the University of Virginia away on the road Friday, 17-1 before returning home and defeating the Cavaliers a second time, 15-1.

The team entered the season with high expectations, and did not disappoint as it outmuscled the Cavaliers in every area of the game over the weekend.

Sophomore Katie Frescura accumulated six goals on the Friday, and freshman Meagan Nunn scored four goals at UVa Friday as the Lady Flames rolled to victory.

Freshman Kate Flanders felt the team started off very well and did something Virginia could no t do.

“We definitely played with more teamwork than UVa. Playing like a team is a big thing for us and we showed our ability as a team,” she said. “We’re not looking for anyone to outshine anyone else, because it’s about what the team can do.”

Frescura had an unforgettable two nights of hockey, accounting for 15 of the Lady Flames 32 goals on the weekend. On Saturday, Liberty started early in the first period with the puck behind Virginia’s net, Frescura capitalized by sneaking around the side of the net and sliding the puck right by Virginia’s goalie for the first goal of the night.

No more than 15 seconds later the puck was passed to Frescura, who was in front of the goal and tapped another point in. Two minutes later, Frescura raced up the ice taking the puck and crossing up two UVa players for a third straight goal within the game’s first seven minutes.

Frescura scored a total of nine goals in the game. She felt confident about the match-ups she was given in the home opener.

“It felt good, all of us were working together and we played hard. We’ve been working out hard for the past six weeks, and now we’re showing our all as a team.”

Team Captain Sara Niemi sees this season as being very productive. “Every team gets new players and changes every year, but I feel confident because we have some good girls,” she said. “We have been working out extensively. We want to be able to keep up with teams and complete a whole game. I think as a team we’re getting better.”

Head Coach Paul Bloomfield is confident that his girls will do well this season.

“The team morale is up. I think as a team we can do a lot. We’ve been doing quite a bit of working out preparing the team with drills to keep them ready,” he said “There is always something we need to work on. “

The Lady Flames travel to Grand Valley State on Oct. 17 before making their way to Michigan to take on the Wolverines for a two-game weekend set. Their next scheduled home contests are a pair of games against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Oct. 24-25.

 


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