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Lady Flames Earn Trio of Major NorPac Awards

November 6, 2013
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From L-R: Head Coach Jodi Murphy, Helen Doolittle, Ashlee Krulock, Hannah Jones, Natalie Barr, Serena Barr and Micailah Sloman

The Liberty field hockey sister duo of Natalie and Serena Barr, along with head coach Jodi Murphy, were awarded NorPac season honors on Wednesday evening at the league's annual awards banquet held at Williams Stadium. Natalie Barr was named East Division Offensive Player of the Year, while younger sister Serena was tabbed the Maria Whitehead Rookie of the Year. Murphy was named Co-Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, once again sharing the honor with Stanford's Tara Danielson.

Additionally, Natalie Barr, Serena Barr, Ashlee Krulock and Hannah Jones were tabbed to the East Division All-Conference team, while junior Helen Doolittle garnered a spot on the All-Academic team for the second consecutive season.

Longwood senior Stacey de Grandhomme and Stanford junior Kelsey Harbin were named NorPac Players of the Year for the East and West Divisions, respectively. The Defensive Players of the Year went to Kaye Goulding of Longwood in the East Division and Courtney Hendrickson of Cal in the West Division. Cal's Lara Kruggel was tabbed the West Division's Offensive Player of the Year.

Hope Burke of Stanford was recognized as the Sheryl Johnson Academic Award recipient and Davidson teammates Connie Cape and Mia Kane were presented with the Julie Nagel Extraordinary Teammate Award.

In Liberty's two seasons in the NorPac, Murphy has guided the Lady Flames to back-to-back East Division titles and a combined conference mark of 15-1. This season, Liberty posted a 14-4 overall record, matching Stanford for the best record in the league. The Lady Flames completed the NorPac portion of their schedule unscathed at 8-0 and take a program-record nine-game winning streak into the conference tournament.

Natalie Barr earns her second consecutive NorPac East Division Offensive Player of the Year and All-Conference plaudits. The sophomore leads the league in nearly every offensive category, including points (44), goals (17) and shots (94). Barr finished second in the NorPac in assists with 10, finishing one helper behind her younger sister Bethany. Nationally, the Lurgan, Northern Ireland, native ranks fifth nationally in points per game (2.44), ninth in goals per game (0.94) and 23rd in assists per game (0.56). Barr was named the NorPac East Division Offensive Player of the Week four times this season.

Serena Barr collects the Lady Flames' second straight Rookie of the Year honor, following 2012 recipient Sarah Gipe. Barr is tied with Krulock for second on the team in points with 23. The freshman ranks third in the conference in points and assists (7) and fourth in goals (8). A defender, Barr has also made a big impact on the defensive side of the pitch for Liberty. Barr has helped lead a unit which has surrendered just 1.00 goals per game and posted seven shutouts. She was named Freshman of the Week twice and Defensive Player of the week once this year. 

Krulock and Jones round out Liberty's All-Conference honorees. Krulock has tallied 23 points on 10 goals and three assists this season. The sophomore ranked third in the league in goals and points. The forward notched a conference single-game high four goals on Oct. 5 at home against Davidson. She was named East Division Offensive Player of the Week once.

Jones helped anchor the back line of the Lady Flames' defense. The sophomore helped guide Liberty to a single-season program record seven shutouts and goals-against average which ranks third nationally. The Mechanicsburg, Pa., native also was a big contributor on the Lady Flames' penalty corner attacking unit. Serving as one of the team's primary inserters, Jones notched seven goals this season on just seven shots. Jones also tallied five assists and ranked sixth in the league in total points (19).

Doolittle holds a 4.0 grade-point average as an interdisciplinary studies major, with a concentration in business, adventure leadership and outdoor ministry and global studies. The junior has started all 18 games this season and played on both the midfield and defensive lines. Doolittle has notched two goals and four assists. The tri-captain also assists the Lady Flames' defense which ranks near the top of the league in every major defensive category.

2013 NorPac Accolades

East All-Conference
Stacey de Grandhomme, Sr., MF (Longwood)
Natalie Barr, So., MF (Liberty)
Melissa Funsten, So. MF (Davidson)
Alayna Versage, Sr. D (Radford)
Serena Barr, Fr., D (Liberty)
Jennifer Burris, So., F (Longwood)
Tyler McFayden, Sr., F (Davidson)
Ashlee Krulock, So, F (Liberty)
Caitlin Smith, Sr., D (Longwood)
Jordyn Warren, So., F (Appalachian State)
Hannah Jones, So., D (Liberty)
Marianna Parker, So., F (Radford)
Kaye Goulding, R-Sr., GK (Longwood)

West All-Conference
Jordan O'Reilly, Sr., F (California)
Maddie Secco, So., MF (Stanford)
Kelsey Harbin, Jr., D (Stanford)
Lara Kruggel, Jr., MF (California)
Allie Swartz, Sr., D (California)
Emily Tregoning, Sr., MF (Pacific)
Alex McCawley, Jr., MF (Stanford)
Shannon Elmitt, Sr., MF (California)
Cloey LemMon, Sr., F (UC Davis)
Clara Goni, So., MF (California)
Hope Burke, Sr., F (Stanford)
Courtney Hendrickson, Jr., GK (California)

East Player of the Year
Stacey de Grandhomme, Sr., MF (Longwood)

West Player of the Year
Kelsey Harbin, Jr., D (Stanford)

East Offensive Player of the Year
Natalie Barr, So., MF (Liberty)

West Offensive Player of the Year
Lara Kruggel, Jr., MF, (California)

East Defensive Player of the Year
Kaye Goulding, R-Sr., GK (Longwood)

West Defensive Player of the Year
Courtney Hendrickson, (California)

Maria Whitehead Rookie of the Year
Serena Barr, D (Liberty)