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Liberty Concludes Regular Season This Weekend with Two Home Games
The Liberty lacrosse team wraps up the regular season this weekend with a pair of Big South Conference clashes at Liberty Lacrosse Field. On Friday, the Lady Flames challenge Winthrop at 6 p.m., before contesting Longwood on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Senior Day. Prior to the contest against the Lancers, Liberty will recognize its four seniors, Nina Dunay, Jillian Krick, Kristen Masullo and Jen Moyer.
How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats will be available for this weekend's games by clicking on the live stats links on the lacrosse schedule/results page. Fans can also follow the game through periodic Twitter updates from @LUGameday and @libertywlax.
The Lady Flames will be looking to make it 2-for-2 in the all-time series with Winthrop. Last season, Liberty edged the Eagles, 12-11, in double-overtime, securing an appearance in the inaugural Big South Lacrosse Championship. Against Longwood, the Lady Flames are winless in four previous contests, including a 19-12 setback on the final day of the 2013 regular season.
Last Time Out
The Liberty lacrosse team concluded its regular-season road schedule last Saturday with a 16-3 setback against Big South Conference leader Davidson on a rainy afternoon at Richardson Stadium. During the contest, Morgan Becker snagged one draw control in the contest giving her 55 draws for the season, setting a new Liberty single-season record. Becker's total eclipses the old mark of 54, which was set in the 2012 season by Kacie Fogle.
One Last Go Around
Liberty seniors Nina Dunay, Jillian Krick, Kristen Masullo and Jen Moyer will conclude their playing days at Liberty Lacrosse Field this weekend. The quartet has combined to play a total of 241 games over their careers, including 225 starts.
Lady Flames Among Big South and NCAA Leaders
Big South (as of 4/20/14)
Goals: Sam Struss (6th/31)
Goals/Game: Sam Struss (9th/2.07)
Assists: Kallie Britton (10th/14)
Ground balls/Game: Kallie Britton (6th/2.20), Jen Moyer (8th/2.00)
Draw Controls/Game: Morgan Becker (4th/3.67)
Caused Turnovers/Game: Nina Dunay (5th/1.33)
Goals-Against Average: Kristen Masullo (6th/14.32)
Save Percentage: Kristen Masullo (2nd/.436)
Saves: Kristen Masullo (1st/142)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (1st/9.47)
NCAA (as of 4/20/14)
Saves: Kristen Masullo (7th/142)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (9th/9.47)
Previewing the Lady Flames
Liberty (2-13, 1-4 Big South) dropped a 16-3 road contest at Davidson this past Saturday. The Lady Flames have lost three games in a row. At home this season, Liberty is 1-4, with its lone win coming against Elon on Feb. 21.
The Lady Flames are led offensively by Sam Struss (31 goals, 7 assists) and Morgan Becker (21 goals, 7 assists). Kallie Britton paces the squad with 14 assists and 33 ground balls and is tied for third on the team in points (27) with Nina Dunay.
Becker ranks fourth in the Big South in draw controls per game (3.67) and has collected a Liberty single-season record 55 overall. Dunay is in the top five in the conference in caused turnovers with 20.
In goal, Kristen Masullo has 142 saves overall and a .436 save percentage, which ranks her second in the league. The senior has surrendered 184 goals for a goals-against average of 14.32.
Previewing the Eagles
Winthrop (5-10, 2-3 Big South) is coming off a 16-10 victory over Coastal Carolina on Monday. The Eagles have won two out of their last three contests overall and are 3-4 this season on the road.
Jenna Kasmarik has been the go-to scorer for Winthrop this season, posting a league-leading 50 goals and 53 points overall. Shannon Gallagher ranks second on the team with 30 goals and 15 assists, while topping the squad in caused turnovers with 18. Danielle Ellis has a team-best 17 assists. Hayley Krause paces the team and the Big South in draw controls with 55.
Goalkeeper Camille King has 93 saves and a .356 save percentage. King has surrendered 168 goals and also leads the team in ground balls with 37.
Previewing the Lancers
Longwood (7-8, 4-1 Big South) saw its four-game winning streak snapped in its last outing against High Point on Saturday. The Lancers are 2-4 on the road this season.
Lauren Prasnicki leads the Big South in assists with 35 and ranks second on the team in points with 51 overall. Kacey Norwood has a team-best 62 points on 39 goals and 23 assists. Sarah Butler's 49 draw controls is good for first on the squad, while Shiloh McKenzie has a team-high 13 caused turnovers. Liz Trainer has scooped up 27 ground balls to pace the Lancers.
In between the pipes, Christian Acker has a .413 save percentage and a 12.24 goals-against average.
The Lady Flames will next compete in the quarterfinals of the Big South Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday. The seedings and schedule for the tournament will be released on Sunday evening.