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Three Games on the Schedule for Lacrosse This Week

April 1, 2014
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After an 11-day layoff, the Liberty lacrosse team returns to play this week with a trio of games. The Lady Flames will play their final nonconference match of the season tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Virginia Tech. Liberty then jumps into Big South action this weekend with road games at Campbell on Friday at 7 p.m. and Presbyterian College on Sunday at 1 p.m.   

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. A live video feed of the Virginia Tech match will also be available for a small fee. Fans can also follow the games through periodic Twitter updates from @LUGameday and @libertywlax.

Series History
The Lady Flames are 0-3 all-time versus the Hokies. In the most recent meeting between the Commonwealth foes, Virginia Tech won, 15-6, on April 3, 2013, at Liberty Lacrosse Field. Liberty and Campbell have met once before, with the Lady Flames defeating the Camels, 8-6, last season in Lynchburg. Presbyterian College holds a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series with Liberty. The Lady Flames have won two out of the last three meetings, including a 16-10 victory last year on Senior Day at Liberty Lacrosse Field.

Last Time Out
Trailing 10-4 in the second half, Liberty mounted a furious comeback only to fall just short as Robert Morris held on for a 10-9 victory over the Lady Flames on March 22 in Moon Township, Pa. In the loss, Nina Dunay tallied three goals and an assist to become the program's all-time leader in points with 116, passing Kristen Crowley's old mark of 114.

Lady Flames Among Big South and NCAA Leaders
Big South (as of 3/30/14)
Goals/Game: Sam Struss (4th/2.44)
Points/Game: Sam Struss (9th/2.89)
Ground balls/Game: Kallie Britton (3rd/2.67), Courtney Brown (9th/2.11), Nina Dunay (10th/1.89)
Shots/Game: Sam Struss (10th/4.11)
Draw Controls/Game: Morgan Becker (5th/3.22)
Caused Turnovers/Game: Nina Dunay (7th/1.44)
Free-Position Goals/Game: Sam Struss (T-1st/1.00)
Goals-Against Average: Kristen Masullo (6th/14.49)
Save Percentage: Kristen Masullo (3rd/.434)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (1st/9.56)

NCAA (as of 3/30/14)
Saves: Kristen Masullo (14th/86)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (10th/9.56)

Previewing the Lady Flames
Liberty (1-8) is in the midst of a five-game road trip, which began with matches at La Salle and Robert Morris and concludes this week versus Virginia Tech, Campbell and Presbyterian College. The Lady Flames are seeking their first road win of the season after falling in each of their previous six contests.

Sam Struss leads the team with 26 points on a team-best 22 goals and four assists. Nina Dunay and Morgan Becker also have double-digit goal totals with 14 and 11, respectively. Becker's 29 draw controls leads the squad, while Dunay has a team-leading 13 caused turnovers.

Kallie Britton paces the Lady Flames in assists (7) and ground balls (24). Britton, Dunay and Courtney Brown all rank in the top 10 in the conference in ground balls. As a team, Liberty ranks third in the Big South in ground balls per game with 16.89.

In between the pipes, Kristen Masullo has a .434 save percentage and a 14.49 goals-against average. The senior has notched 86 total saves, while surrendering 112 goals.

Previewing the Hokies
Virginia Tech is 6-5 overall and 3-2 in home contests this season. The Hokies are coming off an 18-17 win over Old Dominion this past Saturday, a team which Liberty fell to 11-9 on March 9. Virginia Tech has faced three other Big South opponents this year, posting wins against High Point (11-10), Longwood (15-8) and Coastal Carolina (18-9).

Megan Will leads the team in points (47), goals (31) and assists (16). Will ranks 13th nationally in points and 14th in goals. Meghan Macera paces the Hokies with 29 ground balls. Meg Bartley has a team-best 58 draw controls, a number which ranks her 13th nationally and second in the ACC.

In goal, Meagh Graham has started all 11 contests for Virginia Tech this season. Graham has a .328 save percentage and a 20.65 goals-against average.

Previewing the Camels
Campbell (4-4, 0-1 Big South) fell in its league opener, 14-10, Sunday at Coastal Carolina. The Camels have dropped two out of their last three matches. In home contests, Campbell is 2-0 this season, defeating St. Francis (Pa.), 12-8, and Elon, 11-8.

Loren Day tops the team in points (34), goals (26), assists (8) and draw controls (16). Day is ranked fourth in the nation and first in the Big South with 4.25 points per game and is 12th nationally with 3.25 goals per game. Maddy Dolinar has a team-best 10 caused turnovers.

Goalkeeper Brittany Kincer is ranked first in the conference and 26th in the nation with a .465 save percentage. She is second in the league and 23rd nationally with 8.38 saves per game.

Previewing the Blue Hose
Presbyterian College (4-5) went 1-1 last week, falling at Elon (18-4) before taking down Howard (16-9) on Sunday in a snowstorm. PC's four wins mark the most since the 2011 team won five matches and the most at PC for head coach Julie Redman. The Blue Hose will play High Point on Thursday, before hosting the Lady Flames on Sunday.

Seniors Brianne Ward and Catherine Ellis each enter the week with 34 points. Ward leads the team in assists with 13, while Ellis paces the squad with 26 goals. Ellis is tied for second in the Big South with a 3.25 goals per game average. As a team, PC leads the conference in scoring, averaging 11.12 goals per game. Bonnie Corrigan leads the league in ground balls per game with 3.71.

Senior goalkeeper Bridget Hogan earned the win over Howard on Sunday to tie Tay Lyles with a pair of victories on the season.

Looking Ahead
Liberty will play at home for the first time in over a month on April 11 against Big South opponent High Point. The Lady Flames and the Panthers will square off at 4 p.m. at Liberty Lacrosse Field.