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Liberty LAX to face Fresno State on Tuesday
The Liberty women's lacrosse team begins a four-game homestand over the course of eight days on Tuesday. Head coach Regan Denham's Lady Flames kick off the quartet of contests at Osborne Stadium against Fresno State at 3 p.m.
On Friday, Liberty returns to the field for its conference opener against National Lacrosse Conference member Detroit Mercy. The opening draw between the Lady Flames and the Titans is slated for 4 p.m.
Live stats for both games will be available on LibertyFlames.com, by clicking the appropriate link on the women's lacrosse schedule/results page. Fans may also access live stats on the schedule panel of the web site's home page.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Fresno State enters the contest looking for its first win of the season. The Bulldogs are currently 0-7 on the year and are coming off a 22-6 loss to Navy, last Tuesday.
Amanda Cross leads the team this season in goals with 11, followed by Rachel Minarovich who has seven. Minarovich also leads the team in groundballs (9) along with Heather Jack. Starting goalkeeper Katie Wilbur has played in the net for 270 minutes, picking up 45 saves.
The Bulldogs are shooting .416 on the season, scoring on 37-of-89 shots. In terms of team clears, Fresno State has reached the offensive zone on 50-of-73 occasions (.685). Meanwhile, opponents have a clear percentage of .873 (48-of-55) against the Bulldogs.
Fresno State vs. NLC
The Bulldogs have five contests against NLC members on the docket this season. On Feb. 26, Fresno State squared off with Jacksonville in Eugene, Ore., falling to the Dolphins, 19-6. Following its matchup with the Lady Flames, Fresno State will head to Clinton, S.C., to take on Presbyterian College, Thursday.
On Sunday, the Bulldogs conclude their three-game road trip at High Point. Next month, Fresno State returns to the East Coast for a matchup with Howard on April 20.
Scouting the Titans
Detroit Mercy is 1-4 heading into National Lacrosse Conference play on Friday. This past Friday, the Titans earned their first win of the season, picking up a 13-10 victory over Niagara in the Motor City. Emily Boissonneault netted six goals against the Purple Eagles, while Anna Eidem and Lindsey Saunders each finished with a hat trick.
Boissonneault leads the team with 16 goals on the season, followed by Eidem with 11. Erin Campbell is the team's assist leader with four helpers on the season. On the defensive end, Boissoneault is also pacing the Titans in caused turnovers with 13, while Zaynib Hamze is No. 1 on the team in groundballs with 17. Goalkeeper Mary Beth Flanagan has played in the net all 300 minutes this year, recording 61 saves (.439).
The Titans are shooting .418 this season, connecting on 51-of-122 shot attempts. On clear attempts, Detroit Mercy has successfully reached the offensive zone 51-of-86 times for a percentage of .593.
Liberty-Detroit Mercy Series Notes
The Titans took the first-ever meeting with the Lady Flames in Detroit, Mich., on April 10 last season, 19-5.
Anna Starling paced the Lady Flames with two goals, followed by a triad of Liberty players finishing with one apiece – Kristin Crowley, Chloe McIntosh and Amanda Hornick. Anna Eidem led the way in scoring for Detroit with four goals. Three other Titans finished the game with a hat trick - Emily Boissonneault, Olivia Mendoza and Zaynib Hamze.
Liberty in the NLC
The Lady Flames are looking for an improved showing in conference play this season. Last year, Liberty posted one win against an NLC opponent, defeating Howard on March 6, 17-16, in overtime. This season, Liberty opens the conference slate with a matchup versus Detroit Mercy on Friday, followed by a home meeting against the Howard Bison on Sunday at 3 p.m. Liberty will play its remaining four NLC contests throughout the month of April.
Walborn Goes Wild
In Liberty's game against Central Connecticut State last Tuesday, Karis Walborn led Liberty with five goals. The Nyack, N.Y. native put Liberty out in front in the early moments, netting four goals in the opening 10:05, giving the Lady Flames a 4-2 lead. Walborn is currently second on the team in goals with 11 on the season.
Entering Liberty's matchup at Siena (March 12) with one goal this season, freshman Jen Moyer posted four of Liberty's six goals in the contest. Three of Moyer's markers came in the first half of the contest. The midfielder is now third on the team in tallies with five.