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Liberty LAX Heads to Siena Saturday

March 10, 2011
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The Lady Flames lacrosse team begins their Spring Break road trip in Loudonville, N.Y., against Siena. The opening draw on Siena Turf Field is slated for 11 a.m.

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The Liberty women's lacrosse team (1-1, 0-0 NLC) hits the road for the first time this season, Saturday, squaring off with Siena of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Head coach Regan Denham's team is looking to bounce back from a 15-11 defeat at the hands of Monmouth this past Sunday. The opening draw for Saturday's meeting with the Saints is set for 11 a.m.

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Live stats will be available on LibertyFlames.com, by clicking the appropriate link on the women's lacrosse schedule/results page. Live stats will be provided by the Siena media relations office.

Scouting the Saints
Siena enters the Saturday morning matchup with a 2-3 record on the year, with wins over Bryant (15-10, March 1) and Long Island (16-9, March 5). The Saints are coming off a 16-7 defeat at Lehigh on Tuesday. Seven Siena players chipped in a goal during the contest, but the effort was not enough, as Lauren Dykstra led Lehigh with five goals en route to the 16-7 decision.

Deirdre McQuillan leads the team with eight goals and four assists, followed by Andreo Michelle who has seven goals this season. Goalkeeper Kristin Concordia, who has 62 saves on the year, is the team's defensive leader with 21 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.

Siena has found the net on 47-of-120 shots (.392) and has a shot on goal percentage of .742 (89-of-120). When lining up for from the eigh- meter mark, the Saints have connected on 11-of-29 (.379) free position attempts. On clear attempts, Siena has reached the offensive zone on 57-of-101 occasions (.564).

Lady Flames at a Glance
In the first two games of the 2011 slate, the Lady Flames have connected on 22-of-55 shot attempts (.400) and own a shot on goal percentage of .855 (47-of-55). The Lady Flames have found the back of the net on 6-of-16 free position attempts (.375), while holding opponents to 3-of-12 on eight-meter attempts (.250).

After the first two games last season, the Lady Flames were 6-of-11 on team clears (.545). This season, Liberty had made a vast improvement, finding the offensive zone on 24-of-30 attempts for a percentage of .800.

Nina Dunay leads the nation in goals per game (5.50) and paces the Lady Flames with 11 on the season. On the defensive end, Kristen Masullo has started both games in the net for Liberty, recording a combined 25 saves.

Liberty Versus the MAAC
Saturday's meeting with Siena marks Liberty's second-ever contest with a MAAC member. Last season, the Lady Flames visited Iona on March 28, falling to the Gaels, 20-5. Kristin Crowley paced the Lady Flames in the contest with four goals.

Recent Results
The threat of inclement weather did not stop the Liberty lacrosse team from taking the field Sunday night, as the Lady Flames hosted Northeast Conference member Monmouth. With the downpour of rain, the contest was moved to Williams Stadium. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, the Hawks used two four-point spurts in each half to earn a 15-11 decision.

Liberty fell to 1-1 on the year, while Monmouth improved to 3-1 in 2011. Despite the defeat, freshman midfielder Nina Dunay signed her name in the Liberty record books. The Ashburn, Va., native finished with six goals on the night, breaking the program's single-game scoring record.

Dunay Earns Co-Player of the Week Honors
Liberty attacker Nina Dunay has been named the National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) Co-Player of the Week for games played March 1-March 6, as announced by the conference office.

Dunay compiled two stellar performances in Liberty's pair of contests last week. The freshman concluded the slate with a combined 11 goals, two assists, seven ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Dunay currently leads the nation in goals per game, averaging 5.5 per contest.

Looking Ahead
Following Liberty's matchup with Siena, the Lady Flames head to Central Connecticut State, to take on the Blue Devils on Tuesday. Last season, Liberty hosted the NEC member on March 26, which resulted in a 21-9 victory for the visiting Blue Devils. The opening draw for the rematch in New Britain, Conn., is slated for 4 p.m.

Lady Flames Open Season with a Win
The Liberty women's lacrosse team used a nine-goal first half on its way to an 11-10 defeat of Saint Francis, (Pa.), on March 1 at Osborne Stadium in its season-opening contest. The win gave head coach Regan Denham's squad a 1-0 record, equaling the Lady Flames' total from last year in their inaugural season. Tuesday's victory also marked Liberty's first-ever win at home.

Freshman Nina Dunay proved to be a formidable offensive threat in her first collegiate contest, as the Ashburn, Va., native found the back of the net on five occasions, while also assisting on two more Liberty goals. Fellow freshmen Karis Walborn, Emily Dinsmore and Jen Moyer also were able to tally a score in their first collegiate game. Walborn notched two goals, while Dinsmore and Moyer each added one. Returners Kristin Crowley and Candice Parsons rounded out the Flames attack, each scoring one goal apiece.

Saving the Day
In her Liberty debut on March 1, freshman goalie Kristen Masullo recorded 18 saves. The number marks the highest single-game save total by a Liberty goaltender in program. In addition to her stops, the Berkeley Heights, N.J., native finished the contest with a team-leading 10 groundballs.

Helping on Both Ends
Midfielder Annessa Jamison nearly filled up the stat sheet in Liberty's game against Saint Francis (Pa.) on March 1. In her Liberty debut, the junior transfer led the Lady Flames in draw controls (3) and caused turnovers (3), while chipping in two assists and two ground balls.

Lady Flames Lineup
Second-year Liberty head coach Regan Denham returns nine players from last year's squad, including captains Kristin Crowley and Chloe McIntosh, who both started all 14 games last season.

Crowley led the team with 27 goals in 2010, including notching five goals in the Lady Flames' 17-16 victory over Howard. She also tied for first on the team in assists (4). Additionally, the Colorado Springs, Colo., native snagged 32 draw controls to lead the Lady Flames.

McIntosh ranked fourth on the team in goals, finding the back of the net on 11 occasions while taking 29 shots. Twenty five (86.2 percent) of McIntosh's shots were on goal, which served as the highest clip on the team. McIntosh tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with 10, while also picking up 22 groundballs last season, to rank third on the team in that category.

Juniors Camille Little and Anna Starling also return for Liberty as 14-game starters last season. Rounding out the returners are Hillary Baker, Blaire Barnhart, Bianca Brancaleone, Amanda Hornick and Candice Parsons.

New to Denham's roster for 2011 are Morgan Becker, Emily Dinsmore, Nina Dunay, Jillian Krick, Alexis Fifelski, Annessa Jamison, Kelsey Keimig, Kristen Masullo, Audra Menez, Jen Moyer, Jordan Richardson and Karis Walborn.