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Barr and Jefferis Tabbed to NFHCA All-South Region Teams
After helping lead the Liberty Lady Flames to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, field hockey standouts Natalie Barr and Ann Jefferis have earned inclusion on the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-South Region first and second teams, respectively.
Barr becomes the first Lady Flame to be named to the All-Region first team, coupling the award with a second-team plaudit last season. Jefferis finishes her Liberty career with her second All-Region second-team honor. The goalkeeper was also tabbed to the squad in 2011.
Barr, the two-time NorPac East Offensive Player of the Year and all-conference honoree, paced the Lady Flames and the conference with 49 points and 19 goals this season. The sophomore also added 11 assists, 106 shots, five game-winning goals and three defensive saves. After the most recent NCAA statistical report, Barr ranked eighth in the nation in points per game (2.23), 13th in goals per game (0.86) and 34th in assists per contest (0.50).
Barr notched six multiple-goal games this year, including back-to-back hat tricks on Oct. 13 against Appalachian State and Oct. 17 versus Longwood. The Lurgan, Northern Ireland, native also chipped in with two assists against the Mountaineers on Oct. 13, tying her with teammate Ashlee Krulock for the NorPac's single-game point high (8) this season.
In the NorPac Championship title match, Barr delivered both of Liberty's goals in the second half. The forward's second marker came with 3:49 left in regulation, sealing the Lady Flames' 2-1 victory and their first NorPac championship. Barr's performance earned her a spot on the NorPac All-Tournament squad for the second consecutive season.
After sitting out the 2012 season to focus on academics, Jefferis returned as Liberty's starting goalkeeper this year. The redshirt senior didn't miss a beat, earning a pair of NorPac East Defensive Player of the Week awards in the opening two weeks of the season.
Jefferis started 21 of 22 contests this season in the cage. The Harleysville, Pa., native notched a single-season program record six shutouts, a number which ranked her second in the league. Jefferis surrendered just 19 goals this season and ranks third in the nation in goals-against average (0.95). Jefferis finished the year with 60 saves and a .759 save percentage, which is good for 21st in the country.
Jefferis was at her best in the NorPac Championship, earning tournament MVP honors after surrendering just two goals in three games. The goalkeeper tallied six saves in the title game against Stanford, helping lead Liberty to the title.