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Liberty women's lacrosse will travel east on Highway 460 this weekend for the conclusion of its inaugural season, at the 2010 National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) Tournament. The No. 6 seed Lady Flames (1-11, 1-5 NLC) will take the field at the Athletics Complex in Farmville, Va., on Friday, squaring off against No. 3 seed Jacksonville (6-10, 4-2 NLC). The opening draw is slated for 1 p.m.
The two squads previously met during Spring Break week on March 18, with the host Dolphins earning a 19-2 decision at McCormick Field. Anna Starling and Sierra Clearwater made up Liberty's scoring on the evening, with each player chipping in a goal.
The Lady Flames enter the seven-team tournament as the No. 6 seed after falling to Davidson this past Saturday, 21-4. A pair of sophomores accounted for the Lady Flames' scoring effort, as attacker Kristin Crowley and Clearwater finished with two goals apiece.
Jacksonville cemented the third spot in the NLC with a narrow 20-19 win over Presbyterian, last Saturday. With the score knotted at 19, attacker Amanda Hurley saved Jacksonville's No. 3 seed with a game-winning goal with just 15 ticks remaining. Hurley, along with teammate Jocelyn Jamison, accounted for 50 percent of the Dolphins' offense, scoring five goals, respectively.
Crowley concluded Liberty lacrosse's inaugural campaign with a team-leading 24 goals. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native garnered success from the eight-meter mark this season, netting 7-of-15 shots from the free position. Along with goals, the sophomore also led the Lady Flames in assists (4) and draw controls (27).
Senior Rebekah Luetters steps into the net for the Lady Flames this Friday, touting a team-leading 49 ground balls. The goalkeeper's ground ball total ranks her third in the NLC in the statistical category behind a pair of Detroit Titans ? Zaynib Hamze (66) and Emily Boissonneault (55). Luetters, a native of Ballston Spa, N.Y., is also ranked fifth in the conference among goalkeepers with 107 saves. Lining up in the net opposite of Luetters is the Dolphins' Karli Tobin, who finished third in saves with 120.
Heading into the first round of the tournament, the Lady Flames own a shot-on-goal percentage of .776 (149-of-192) and a shot percentage of .359, finding the net on 69-of-192 shot attempts. During the regular season, Liberty garnered more offensive success in the second period, netting 38 of its 69 goals in the latter stanza.
Cassie Campasano leads the way for the Dolphins' offense with 31 goals on the season, followed by Hurley with 24. Brie Kitchelt is third in the league in assists with 15 helpers. Jacksonville ended the regular season with a shooting percentage of .418 (184-440) and a shot-on-goal percentage of .768 (338-of-440). The Dolphins have also fared well in successful clears this season, reaching the offensive third of the field at a clip of .785 percent (266-of-339).
Before the opening draw takes place between Liberty and Jacksonville, the tournament kicks off with a matchup between No. 2 Davidson (7-8, 5-1 NLC) and No. 7 Howard (2-12, 0-6 NLC). Following Liberty's contest, Friday's action concludes with a game between No. 4 Detroit (6-10, 3-3 NLC) and No. 5 Presbyterian (3-12, 2-4 NLC) at 4 p.m.
In Saturday's second round, Liberty will take on either Davidson or Howard depending on the outcome of Friday's first two contest.
Liberty fans can follow the entire tournament via the live stats link above. Be sure to check back with LibertyFlames.com on Friday for complete postgame coverage following the Lady Flames' first-round matchup.
2010 National Lacrosse Conference Tournament
Friday, April 30
Game 1 – No. 2 seed Davidson vs. No. 7 seed Howard, 10 a.m.
Game 2 – No. 3 seed Jacksonville vs. No. 6 seed Liberty, 1 p.m.
Game 3 – No. 4 seed Detroit vs. No. 5 seed Presbyterian, 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 1
Game 4 – Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 10 a.m.
Game 5 – No. 1 seed Longwood vs. Game 3 Winner, 1 p.m.
Game 6 – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 4 p.m.
Game 7 – Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner, 7 p.m. (Fifth Place Game)
Sunday, May 2
Game 8 – Game 5 Loser vs. Game 6 Loser, 11 a.m. (Third Place Game)
Game 9 – Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 2 p.m. (Championship Game)