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Liberty to Host Davidson, Sunday
Coming off a three-game road trip, the Liberty women's lacrosse team returns to Osborne Stadium for a Sunday afternoon tilt with National Lacrosse Conference member Davidson.
Regan Denham's Lady Flames are looking to improve their position in the conference standings and move to 3-2 in NLC action. Standing in their way is a Davidson squad that is currently on a two-game win streak. The opening draw between the Lady Flames and the Wildcats is set for 1 p.m.
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Looking at the Lady Flames
Liberty takes the field this Sunday owning a 5-6 record and a 2-2 mark in conference play. After going on a three-game skid, coach Regan Denham's team returned to the win column, Tuesday afternoon, defeating Erskine at Huggins Field, 17-7.
Four Lady Flames scored three goals in the contest – Karis Walborn, Kristin Crowley, Jen Freymond and Jen Moyer. Five other players finished the matchup with one tally apiece – Emily Dinsmore, Annessa Jamison, Amanda Hornick, Alexis Fifleski and Bianca Brancaleone.
Freymond also chipped in three assists to accompany her scoring effort, making her the first Liberty player ever to record three helpers in a single contest.
Walborn leads the way in goals this season with 25, followed by fellow freshman Nina Dunay who has 21. Kristen Masullo has appeared in the net for the Lady Flames in all 11 contests, making 124 saves (.496 save percentage). According to the latest NCAA rankings summary, the Berkeley Heights, N.J., native is sixth in the country in saves, second in saves per game and 10th in save percentage.
Liberty is shooting .486 this season, finding the net on 121-of-249 shot attempts. In terms of team clears, the Lady Flames have a clear percentage of .698, successfully clearing the ball on 111-of-159 attempts.
When looking at the first 11 games of the 2010 campaign, the Lady Flames have vastly improved their offensive numbers. In the first 11 games last season, Liberty shot .351, scoring 65 goals in 185 attempts during the span. The team's clear percentage was also about 15 percent lower than this season. In the first 11 games in 2010, the Lady Flames crossed the restraining line 93 out of 170 attempts.
After having three goals in her previous six games played this season, midfielder Jen Freymond has been on a tear the last two contests. The Lakefield, Ontario native racked up eight goals, four assists and six draw controls in the pair of matchups, leading the Lady Flames in all three categories during the span.
In Tuesday's game against Erskine, Freymond set a new Liberty single-game assist record, finishing with three. The freshman now has 11 goals in 2011 and leads the squad in caused turnovers with nine. Freymond is also tied with Chloe McIntosh for the team lead in groundballs with 26.
Scouting the Wildcats
Davidson enters Sunday's contest with a 3-9 record overall and a 2-2 posting in conference play. The Wildcats are currently riding a two-game win streak with victories over Detroit Mercy (20-9, April 1) and Howard (16-6, April 3).
In Davidson's most recent game with the Bison, Alanna Parker led the Wildcats with five goals, while goalkeeper Jessica Melby finished with eight saves.
Parker is pacing Davidson this season with 31 goals, followed by Ann Fucigna who has 27. Erin Doherty is the team's assist leader with 12 helpers on the season. Melby has started all 12 contests in the net for the Wildcats, making 88 saves (.371 save percentage).
Davidson is shooting .482 this season, connecting on 124-of-257 shot attempts. The Wildcats also have a team clear percentage of .804, reaching the offensive zone on 123-of-153 occasions.
Liberty-Davidson Series Notes
Sunday marks the second meeting all-time between the Lady Flames and the Wildcats. The two squads capped off the regular season last year on April 24 in Davidson, N.C. Seeded No. 2 in the NLC standings, the hosting Wildcats defeated Liberty, 21-4.
A pair of sophomores accounted for the Lady Flames' scoring effort, as attacker Kristin Crowley and midfielder Sierra Clearwater finished with two goals apiece. Davidson's Haley Cook was the game's leading scorer with four goals, followed by four Wildcats who finished with a hat trick – Keena Classen, Alanna Parker, Jen Crawford and Alex Defrancesch.
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Wednesday, playing host to fellow NLC member High Point. The first-ever meeting between the Lady Flames and the visiting Panthers is the slated for 5:45 p.m.