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WLAX Preview: Saint Francis
The Red Flash enter Wednesday's matchup with a 5-3 record on the season and a 2-0 posting in Northeast Conference (NEC) play. Saint Francis and Liberty share common opponents this season in Howard and Long Island. The Lady Flames picked up the program's first win against the Bison on March 6, edging Howard, 17-16, in an overtime victory. Liberty's proceeding meeting on March 14 with the Blackbirds ended much differently, as the Lady Flames fell to Long Island, 19-9.
Saint Francis also has a win over Howard, defeating the Bison, 17-4, in the nation's capital on March 2. The Red Flash are coming off a win against the Blackbirds, as they outscored Long Island at DeGol Field on Monday, 17-13. Stephanie Toomey led Saint Francis with four goals, helping the Red Flash climb two games over .500 for the first time in school history.
Saint Francis' meeting with Liberty marks its fifth National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) opponent this season. The NEC member is currently 2-2 against NLC teams. In addition to their win over Howard, the Red Flash also defeated Presbyterian on March 5 in Clinton, S.C., 13-10. St. Francis began its 2010 campaign on Feb. 21 against the NLC's most northern member, Detroit-Mercy, falling to the Titans, 16-5. On March 7, Davidson also posted a win over the Red Flash, taking the contest 19-9.
Freshman attacker Lauren See leads the Lady Flames in goals with 10 on the season, followed by sophomore attacker Kristin Crowley, who has nine markers. Goalie Rebekah Luetters, who has 50 saves this season is also leading the team in ground balls with 22. Junior Anna Starling and sophomore Chloe McIntosh have forced the most miscues on the year, with five caused turnovers.
The Lady Flames currently own a shot-on-goal percentage of .755 (74-of-98) and a shot percentage of .388, finding the net on 38-of-98 shot attempts. Through its first six games this season, Liberty has garnered more offensive success in the second period, netting 21 of its 38 goals in the latter stanza.
For a full recap of all the on-field action and final stats, check back with LibertyFlames.com after the game.