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Liberty Concludes Home Schedule Versus Virginia Tech and Presbyterian College
The Liberty Lady Flames will play their final two home games of the 2013 regular season this week, beginning tomorrow against Virginia Tech at 4 p.m. at Liberty Lacrosse Field. On Friday, the Lady Flames will finish their home schedule versus the Presbyterian College Blue Hose at 3 p.m. Before Friday's game, a group of four seniors, Chloe McIntosh, Candice Parsons, Amber Nichols and Jen Freymond, will be honored as part of Senior Day. Fans attending the Virginia Tech game will receive a free rally towel, while those at Friday's contest against the Blue Hose will be given a free t-shirt.
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Live stats for both games will be available by clicking the live stats links on the lacrosse schedule/results page on LibertyFlames.com.
A Look at Liberty
The Lady Flames knocked off the Campbell Camels yesterday, 8-6, for their first Big South win of the season. The win snapped Liberty's four-game losing skid and improved its record to 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big South. Kacie Fogle had a big day for Liberty, notching four first-half goals and goalie Kristen Masullo made a crucial save in the later stages of the contest to preserve the win.
Morgan Becker chipped in with a pair of goals against the Camels, pushing her team-leading total to 19 on the season. Freymond and Nina Dunay rank second and third on the team with 15 and 14 goals, respectively. Sam Struss tops the Lady Flames with 27 points on 10 goals and 17 assists. Freshman Kallie Britton's 13 goals and 12 assists give her 25 points on the year, which places her second on the squad.
Freymond paces Liberty with 35 ground balls, 36 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers. The senior ranks in the top five in the Big South in each of those categories. McIntosh has scooped up 24 ground balls, which is good for second on the team and seventh in the conference. Jen Moyer is a close second to Freymond in draw controls with 31, ranking her fourth in the Big South in draw controls per game.
Masullo has put up impressive numbers in goal so far for Liberty. The junior ranks in the top 10 in the nation in save percentage (.494) and is second in the Big South in both goals-against average (9.33) and saves per game (8.27).
Lady Flames Among Big South and NCAA Leaders
Big South (as of 4/1/13)
Assists/Game: Sam Struss (6th/1.55), Kallie Britton (9th/1.09)
Ground Balls/Game: Jen Freymond (2nd/3.18), Chloe McIntosh (T7th/2.18)
Draw Controls/Game: Jen Freymond (3rd/3.27), Jen Moyer (4th/2.82)
Caused Turnovers/Game: Jen Freymond (3rd/1.73), Nina Dunay (7th/1.27)
Goals Against Average: Kristen Masullo (2nd/9.33)
Save Percentage: Kristen Masullo (1st/.503)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (T2nd/8.27)
NCAA (as of 3/31/13)
Caused Turnovers/Game: Jen Freymond (20th/1.80)
Ground Balls/Game: Jen Freymond (5th/3.40)
Saves: Kristen Masullo (20th/82)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (20th/8.20)
Save Percentage: Kristen Masullo (9th/.494)
A Look at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is coming off of an 18-11 setback at home on Saturday against No. 3 North Carolina. The loss snapped the Hokies three-game winning streak and dropped their record to 6-5 (0-3 ACC) overall.
The Lady Flames have faced the Hokies two times in their history and have been defeated both times. Last season, Virginia Tech downed Liberty in Blacksburg, 13-8.
Megan Will and Brooke Martin provide a solid one-two scoring punch for the Hokies, notching 27 and 26 goals, respectively. In the assist category, Libby Rosebro leads the team with 11, while Kelly Naslonski is second with 10 helpers.
Meg Bartley has controlled 55 draws for Virginia Tech, ranking her 11th in the country in draw controls per game (5.00). Jessi Thon is the team leader in ground balls with 20, while Christina Patten paces the squad with 14 caused turnovers.
In goal, Alex Gale is surrendering an average of 15.54 goals per game. The senior has allowed 100 goals and tallied 73 saves for a save percentage of .422.
A Look at Presbyterian College
Friday's contest against Liberty begins a three-game stretch of road matches for the Blue Hose. Presbyterian College lost its last contest on Monday to Winthrop, 21-12, falling to 2-10 on the season and 0-2 in Big South games.
Liberty is 1-3 all-time against the Blue Hose after splitting a pair of contests last season. The Lady Flames won a thrilling overtime match on April 15 in Lynchburg, 22-21, before falling in the NLC Tournament, 18-12 on May 5.
Catherine Ellis has been an offensive force for the Blue Hose this season, notching 34 points on 28 goals and six assists. The junior ranks seventh in the Big South with 2.33 goals per game. Lauren Lefeber is second on the squad with 24 tallies on the year. Jaime Beamish averages a team-high 1.58 assists per game, which is good for fifth in the conference.
Beamish also paces Presbyterian College in draw controls (23) and caused turnovers (13). A pair of defenders, Mary Honan and Melinda Vasconcellos, top the team with 20 ground balls apiece.
Goalkeeper Bridget Hogan has started every game for the Blue Hose. The junior holds a .308 save percentage after surrendering 198 goals and making 88 saves. Hogan's 198 goals allowed translates to a 18.79 goals-against average.
Liberty begins a four-game road trip on Sunday at Big South foe High Point. The contest against the Panthers is slated to start at 1 p.m. at Vert Stadium.