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Liberty Challenges Top Seed Davidson in BSC Lacrosse Semifinals, Friday

April 24, 2013
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No. 4 seed Liberty will face No. 1 seed Davidson on Friday at 4 p.m. in the semifinals of the Big South Lacrosse Championship.

The No. 4 seed Liberty Lady Flames will square off against No. 1 seed Davidson in the first of two semifinal contests on Friday in the inaugural Big South Lacrosse Championship. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at Davidson's Richardson Stadium.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats for Friday's game will be available by clicking the live stats link on the lacrosse schedule/results page on LibertyFlames.com. Live stats will be provided courtesy of the Big South Conference. The game can be viewed live on the Big South Network for a small fee.   

A Look at Liberty
The Lady Flames claimed the No. 4 seed for the Championship, after notching a 4-3 Big South record. Liberty finished the season with an 8-9 overall record, including an even 4-4 mark on the road. The Lady Flames closed the regular season on Saturday with a 19-12 setback at Longwood. Nina Dunay led Liberty with four goals on the afternoon, while Sam Struss and Amber Nichols added a hat trick apiece.

Struss has recorded a team-high 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists) for Liberty this season. Morgan Becker and Dunay are tied for the team lead with 27 goals each. Freshman Kallie Britton has chipped in with 20 goals and 15 assists. Jen Moyer has secured a team-best 49 draw controls.

Midfielder Jen Freymond has contributed on both ends of the field for head coach Regan Denham. The Lakefield, Ontario native ranks third on the team in goals (23), first in ground balls (49), first in caused turnovers (29) and second in draw controls (43). Freymond tops the Big South in ground balls per game (2.88) and also ranks ninth in the country in the same category. Freymond's 2.88 ground balls per game is part of Liberty's 18.12 ground ball per game average, which is good for second in the conference.

Goalkeeper Kristen Masullo ranks second in the conference in goals-against average (10.45), save percentage (.467) and saves per game (8.24).

Lady Flames Among Big South and NCAA Leaders
Big South (as of 4/21/13)
Assists/Game:
Sam Struss (10th/1.12)
Ground Balls/Game: Jen Freymond (1st/2.88), Chloe McIntosh (3rd/2.53)
Free-Position Goals/Game: Morgan Becker (T9th/0.35)
Draw Controls/Game: Jen Moyer (3rd/2.88), Jen Freymond (5th/2.53)
Caused Turnovers/Game: Jen Freymond (2nd/1.71), Nina Dunay (7th/1.12), Chloe McIntosh (T8th/1.06)
Goals Against Average: Kristen Masullo (2nd/10.45)
Save Percentage: Kristen Masullo (2nd/.467)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (2nd/8.24)

NCAA (as of 4/14/13)
Ground Balls/Game: Jen Freymond (9th/2.88)
Caused Turnovers/Game: Jen Freymond (22nd/1.71)
Saves: Kristen Masullo (8th/140)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (19th/8.24)
Save Percentage: Kristen Masullo (13th/.467)

A Look at Davidson
The Wildcats earned the top seed in the Big South Lacrosse Championship, after posting an unblemished 7-0 record in conference contests and an overall mark of 10-6. Davidson has won eight of its last nine contests, with its only loss during that stretch coming to No. 9 Duke on April 17, 14-6. The Wildcats have played well on their home turf this season, notching a 7-3 record at the friendly confines of Richardson Stadium.

Emily Cooke paces Davidson with 77 points (30 goals, 47 assists) on the season. Cooke leads the conference in points per game (4.81). Ann Fucigna ranks first on the squad with 48 goals, while ranking second in the Big South in goals per game (3.00). As a team, the Wildcats rank second in the league in scoring (12.81 goals per game) and second in assists per game (6.50).

In addition to tallying 24 goals on the season, midfielder Emma Sissman has a team-high 59 draw controls. Paige Logan tops the squad in ground balls with 40, while Abigail Doegler's 18 caused turnovers leads the Wildcats.

Jessica Melby has been solid in between the pipes for head coach Kim Wayne. The senior ranks first in the conference in goals-against average (8.35) and save percentage (.474). Melby has 110 saves on the year and has allowed 122 goals.

Big South Lacrosse Championship Participant Capsules
#1 Davidson (10-6, 7-0 Big South)

Coach (Record at Davidson/Career Record): Kim Wayne (39-47/same)
Goal Leader: Ann Fucigna, 48 goals
Assist Leader: Emily Cooke, 47 assists
Ground Ball Leader: Paige Logan, 40 ground balls
Draw Control Leader: Emma Sissman, 59 draw controls
Caused Turnover Leader: Abigail Doegler, 18 caused turnovers
2013 Record Versus Common Opponents with Liberty: 8-1
Liberty's Record Versus Same Opponents: 4-5
All-Time Record vs. Liberty: 5-0

#2 High Point (8-8, 6-1 Big South)
Coach (Record at High Point/Career Record): Lyndsey Boswell (62-47/38-16)
Goal Leader: Alec Perry, 30 goals
Assist Leader: Mackenzie Carroll, 21 assists
Ground Ball Leader: Jasmine Jordan, 45 ground balls
Draw Control Leader: Lila Mastroberti 33 draw controls
Caused Turnover Leader: Jasmine Jordan, 27 caused turnovers
2013 Record Versus Common Opponents with Liberty: 6-3
Liberty's Record Versus Same Opponents: 4-5
All-Time Record vs. Liberty: 3-0

#3 Longwood (10-7, 5-2 Big South)
Coach (Record at Longwood/Career Record): Elaine Jones (107-97/10-7)
Goal Leader: Jamie Brentlinger and Katie McHugh, 47 goals
Assist Leader: Lauren Prasnicki, 50 assists
Ground Ball Leader: Kathleen Battle, 40 ground balls
Draw Control Leader: Mary Barondess, 45 draw controls
Caused Turnover Leader: Kathleen Battle, 28 caused turnovers
2013 Record Versus Common Opponents with Liberty: 5-4
Liberty's Record Versus Same Opponents: 4-5
All-Time Record vs. Liberty: 4-0

#4 Liberty (8-9, 4-3 Big South)
Coach (Record at Liberty/Career Record): Regan Denham (31-52/19-46)
Goal Leader: Morgan Becker and Nina Dunay, 27 goals
Assist Leader: Sam Struss, 15
Ground Ball Leader: Jen Freymond, 49
Draw Control Leader: Jen Moyer, 49
Caused Turnover Leader: Jen Freymond, 29

Looking Ahead
If the Lady Flames defeat Davidson, they will advance to the title match on Sunday versus the winner of No. 2 seed High Point against No. 3 seed Longwood. The title game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Richardson Stadium, and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.