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Liberty Concludes Four-game Homestand Versus Hokies Tuesday
Riding a three-game win streak, the Liberty women's lacrosse team (4-3, 2-0 NLC) puts its 4-0 record at Osborne Stadium on the line against Virginia Tech, Tuesday.
The meeting between the Lady Flames and visiting Hokies will conclude a four-game Liberty homestand. Tuesday's opening draw is slated for 5:30 p.m.
Live stats 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.
The Liberty women's lacrosse team extended its win streak to three games, Sunday afternoon, defeating the Howard Bison, 19-9, at Osborne Stadium.
For the second straight contest, the Lady Flames set a new record for largest margin of victory. With its 19-goal performance, Liberty also set a new program record for most tallies in a single game, besting the previous record set last year in a 17-16 overtime win over the Bison (March 6, 2010).
The Lady Flames' victory gave them a 4-3 record overall and a 2-0 posting in National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) play. Liberty is also 4-1 at home this season and 4-0 when playing in Osborne Stadium. With the loss, Howard fell to 3-7 on the year and 0-3 in NLC action.
Jen Moyer and Audra Menez led Liberty with five goals apiece, followed by Kristin Crowley (4), Karis Walborn (3), Jen Freymond (1) and Emily Dinsmore (1). The Liberty defense held 2010 NLC Attacker of the Year Desiree Cox in check. Entering the contest with 33 goals on the season, Howard's leading scorer finished with only one goal.
A Look at the Lady Flames
Nina Dunay leads the Lady Flames this season with 21 goals, followed by Walborn who has 20. Dunay is also paving the way for Liberty in assists (6) and draw controls (15). The Ashburn, Va. native is 10th in the country in goals per game, averaging 3.5 per contest. Walborn is listed at No. 32 in the category, with 2.86 markers per game.
On the defensive end, Freymond is the team's leader in groundballs (19) and caused turnovers (7). Kristen Masullo has started all seven contests in goal for Liberty and has made 94 saves on the season. The Berkeley Heights, N.J. native leads the country in saves per game (13.0) and save percentage (.534) and is ninth in the country in total saves.
Liberty holds a shooting percentage of .478 through the first six contests, finding the net on 86-of-180 attempts. The Lady Flames also have a team clear percentage of .755, infiltrating the offensive zone 83-of-110 times.
Scouting the Hokies
Virginia Tech enters Tuesday's contest with a 7-4 record overall and a 1-1 posting in ACC play. The Hokies are coming off an 18-10 victory over Old Dominion at Virginia Tech's Thompson Field, Sunday.
Midfielder Jessica Nonn led Virginia Tech with four goals, followed by Morgan Widlake, Caitlyn Wier and Allie Emala, who each finished with a hat trick.
On the season, Nonn is pacing the Hokies with 29 goals, while Widlake and Emala each have 25. Ryan Rotanz is the team's assist leader with 15 on the season. Defensively, Nonn is also leading the squad in groundballs (25) and caused turnovers (17). Goalkeeper Alex Gale has appeared in all 11 games for the Hokies, making 65 saves (.376).
Virginia Tech is shooting .459 this season, finding the back of the net on 146-of-318 shot attempts. The Hokies have a clear percentage of .849, reaching the offensive zone on 124-of-146 attempts.
Virginia Tech vs. NLC
Virginia Tech is 3-0 when facing NLC members this season. The Hokies opened the 2011 campaign on Feb. 12 in High Point, N.C., taking on the conference's newest addition, the High Point Panthers. Playing in their first-ever game, the Panthers held their own against the ACC squad, but ultimately fell to the Hokies, 18-11.
Virginia Tech then went on to pick up wins at Presbyterian (18-8, Feb. 19) and Davidson (15-5, Feb. 23) to begin the season 3-0.
The Hokies are slated to face one more NLC institution following their Tuesday meeting with the Flames. On April 12, Virginia Tech will host two-time defending NLC champion Longwood.