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Flames Report: Liberty's Fall Sports Homecoming Court
In honor of Homecoming weekend on Liberty Mountain, this week's Flames Report utilizes a timeless Homecoming tradition to recognize some of the top performers from Liberty's fall sports teams. Below you will find the Flames Report's selections for Liberty's third annual fall sports "Homecoming Court," based upon student-athletes' contributions so far this season.
Note: Student-athletes are listed according to their athletic eligibility, as opposed to their academic class standing. All student-athletes are eligible for selection as King and Queen, which are essentially the Flames' fall sports MVP awards to date.
Freshman Attendants: Wesley Scott (Football) and Holly Van Noord (Women's Soccer) – Scott edges out fellow freshman defensive backs Nick Newman and Gary Sampson for this honor after his stellar 13-tackle performance at Old Dominion. On the year, Scott has tallied 19 tackles and a pass breakup for the Flames. Van Noord has led the Lady Flames to the upper echelon of the Big South standings with her outstanding play in goal. She has posted 10 shutouts in the first 15 games of the season, already breaking the program single-season record for blankings.
Sophomore Attendants: Sachem Wilson (Men's Soccer) and Natalie Barr (Field Hockey) – Wilson is in the midst of a breakout sophomore season, as he leads the Flames in goals (5), assists (3) and points (13) through 11 matches. Meanwhile, Barr paces the NorPac East Division-leading Lady Flames in goals (14), assists (9), points (37), game-winning goals (4) and defensive saves (2). She has been at her best in conference play, posting 10 goals and five assists in five NorPac tilts.
Junior Attendants: Josh MacDonald (Men's Cross Country) and Jacy Christiansen (Women's Cross Country) – MacDonald has finished inside the top 10 in each of his first three races of the season, highlighted by a ninth-place effort at the highly competitive Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational on Sept. 28. As a result, he was named Big South Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week on Oct. 2, while Christiansen was tabbed Big South Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week the same day. She stamped herself as a contender to win the Big South individual title with her runner-up effort at the Sept. 21 VMI Invitational.
Senior Attendants: Sam Duininck (Men's Soccer) and Jade Craycraft (Volleyball) – Duininck has been a key part of Liberty's defense, which is yielding just 1.4 goals per match through the season's first 11 contests. He also netted the lone goal of the Flames' 1-0 triumph at American on Sept. 21. Craycraft was named both Big South and ECAC Division I Player of the Week after notching back-to-back triple-doubles against William & Mary and Gardner-Webb. She ranks among the team's top three players this season in assists, kills, digs and blocks.
Homecoming King and Queen: Caleb Edmonds (Men's Cross Country) and Casey Norris (Women's Soccer) – Edmonds posted his first collegiate cross country victory in impressive fashion at the Sept. 21 VMI Invitational. The effort netted the senior the Big South and ECAC Division I Runner of the Week laurels and made him a strong contender to win the Big South individual title and battle for All-Southeast Region honors. Norris has saved her best season for last, serving as the linchpin of a defensive unit which has yielded only eight goals in 15 matches. She has also recorded a goal and an assist and poses a regular threat on corner kicks and set pieces for the 10-4-1 Lady Flames.