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Liberty Hosts High Point, Coastal Carolina This Weekend
The Liberty lacrosse team returns home this weekend after playing its last five games on the road. The Lady Flames host defending Big South champion High Point on Friday and Coastal Carolina on Sunday. Game time against the Panthers is scheduled for 4 p.m., while the matchup with the Chanticleers is slated to begin at noon.
How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats will be available for this week's games by clicking on the live stats links on the lacrosse schedule/results page. Fans can also follow the games through periodic Twitter updates from @LUGameday and @libertywlax.
The Lady Flames are 0-3 all-time versus High Point. In the most recent meeting between the Big South foes, the Panthers downed Liberty at home, 15-8. The Lady Flames and Chanticleers will be meeting for the second time on Sunday. Last season, Liberty edged Coastal, 7-6, in Conway.
Last Time Out
In its last contest, Liberty halted its seven-game losing streak by knocking off the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, 20-10, on Sunday afternoon in Clinton, S.C. The win was the Lady Flames' first road victory of the season and improved their all-time record against the Blue Hose to 4-2. Liberty tallied 31 points total during the contest, marking the third-most points in a game in program history. Ten different players tallied goals for Liberty, with Sam Struss notching a game-high four and Kallie Britton and Olivia Becker scoring three each.
On Monday, Lady Flames' attacker Olivia Becker was tabbed the Crons Brand Big South Lacrosse Freshman of the Week for the first time in her young career. Becker tallied back-to-back hat tricks this past weekend against Campbell and Presbyterian College.
After setting Liberty's single-season assist record last season with 21, attacker Sam Struss has looked to score more in 2014. The junior has tallied at least one goal in each contest this season and has scored multiple markers in all but one of the Lady Flames' 12 games. For the season, Struss has 31 goals which ranks her in third place on the program's single-season goals list.
Lady Flames Among Big South and NCAA Leaders
Big South (as of 4/6/14)
Goals/Game: Sam Struss (5th/2.58)
Assists/Game: Kallie Britton (8th/1.08)
Points/Game: Sam Struss (8th/3.08)
Ground balls/Game: Kallie Britton (3rd/2.50)
Shots/Game: Sam Struss (7th/4.33)
Draw Controls/Game: Morgan Becker (2nd/3.92)
Caused Turnovers/Game: Nina Dunay (6th/1.25)
Free-Position Goals/Game: Sam Struss (1st/0.92)
Goals-Against Average: Kristen Masullo (6th/14.62)
Save Percentage: Kristen Masullo (4th/.424)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (1st/8.83)
NCAA (as of 4/6/14)
Saves: Kristen Masullo (9th/106)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (18th/8.83)
Previewing the Lady Flames
Liberty (2-10, 1-1 Big South) opened Big South Conference play last weekend by splitting a pair of contests. The Lady Flames fell to Campbell, 18-14, before downing Presbyterian College, 20-10, on Sunday. Liberty is 1-2 this season at home, with its lone win coming on Feb. 21 against Elon, 13-9.
Sam Struss (31 goals, 6 assists) paces a Liberty offense which averages 9.83 goals per game. Kallie Britton has a team-best 13 assists and 30 ground balls. Nina Dunay is the team leader in caused turnovers with 15, while also ranking second on the squad with 24 points and 17 goals.
Morgan Becker grabbed seven draw controls in two out of Liberty's three games last week, upping her team-leading total to 42. The redshirt junior ranks 26th in the nation in draw controls per game. As a team, Liberty is second in the Big South, averaging 12.08 draw controls per game.
In goal, Kristen Masullo has a .424 save percentage and a 14.62 goals-against average. The senior leads the conference in saves with 106.
Previewing the Panthers
High Point (6-5, 2-0 Big South) went 2-1 last week, picking up two conference wins over Presbyterian College and Coastal Carolina after dropping a 10-9 heartbreaker to No. 7 Duke to start the week.
The Panthers feature the league's highest scoring offense (11.46 goals/game) and stingiest defense (8.55 goals-against average). Attacker Mackenzie Carroll leads the Panthers with 36 points and 18 assists. Alec Perry has a team-best 19 goals.
Patricia Bigelow is the reigning Big South Defensive Player of the Week. The senior leads the team with 24 ground balls. Jasmine Jordan paces the Panthers in draw controls (19) and caused turnovers (18).
Goalkeeper, Julia Burns leads the conference with an 8.49 goals-against average and .460 save percentage on the season.
Previewing the Chanticleers
Coastal Carolina (3-9, 1-2 Big South) lost two home matches last week, falling 13-9 to Longwood on Friday before suffering a 13-5 loss to High Point on Sunday.
The Chanticleers lead the Big South in ground balls (20.33) and draw controls (12.42) per game. Rachel Waldron leads the team in ground balls (22), draw controls (45) and caused turnovers (14). Sara Nolan paces the squad in goals with 22, while Keri White has a team-best 10 assists.
Trista Kuehn has started eight contests in between the pipes for Coastal. The sophomore has a .348 save percentage and a 12.47 goals-against average.
The Lady Flames head back on the road for their next contest, traveling to Davidson on April 19. First draw versus the Wildcats is scheduled for 3 p.m.