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Lacrosse Game Versus High Point Moved to 4 p.m., Wednesday
The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday, hosting National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) member High Point.
Coach Regan Denham's team is looking to bounce back after a 12-8 defeat against Davidson on Sunday. Standing in Liberty's way is a High Point squad that is 10-3 in its inaugural season and is currently second in conference play (4-1). The opening draw at Osborne Stadium between the Lady Flames and the Panthers is now set for a new time of 4 p.m.
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A Look at the Lady Flames
Liberty enters Wednesday's contest with a 5-7 overall record and a 2-3 posting in conference play.
The Liberty women's lacrosse team looked to return to the win column in National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) action, Sunday afternoon at Osborne Stadium, playing host to Davidson. However, after holding a 4-3 lead in the first period, the Lady Flames were unable to maintain the advantage, as the Wildcats defeated Liberty, 12-8.
Attacker Kristin Crowley led the Lady Flames' offense, scoring four of Liberty's eight goals.
Karis Walborn leads the way in goals this season with 25, followed by junior captain Crowley who has 22. The Lady Flames' defensive captain, Chloe McIntosh, is currently Liberty's leader in ground balls with 28, followed closely by Jen Freymond who has 27. Freymond is also pacing the Liberty defense in caused turnovers with 10, this season.
Kristen Masullo has appeared in the net for the Lady Flames in all 12 contests, making 137 saves (.498 save percentage). According to the latest NCAA rankings summary, the Berkeley Heights, N.J., native is sixth in the country in saves, fifth in saves per game (11.0) and seventh in save percentage.
Liberty is shooting .485 this season, finding the net on 129-of-266 shot attempts. In terms of team clears, the Lady Flames have a clear percentage of .699, successfully clearing the ball on 123-of-176 attempts.
Crowley on the Prowl
Junior captain Kristin Crowley is steadily moving up the statistical ladder, this season, netting seven goals in Liberty's previous two games. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native was one of four Lady Flames to post a hat trick last Tuesday in a 17-7 win over Erskine. On Sunday, Crowley followed up with a four-goal performance in Liberty's game against Davidson, highlighting the Lady Flames offense.
Crowley entered the 2011 campaign as Liberty's leading scorer during the inaugural season, finishing 2010 with 27 goals. This season, the junior is second on the team in goals with 22.
Scouting the Panthers
Playing in its inaugural season, High Point will step on the Osborne Stadium field sporting a 10-3 overall record and a 4-1 showing in NLC play. The Panthers' lone defeat in conference action came at the hands of current league leader Jacksonville (11-4, 6-0 NLC), who bested High Point, 17-10, on March 25.
Since the loss at Jacksonville's D.B. Milne Field, the Panthers have reeled off four straight wins. High Point is coming off a victory against two-time defending NLC champion Longwood in nearby Farmville, Va., Sunday.
Thanks to a pair of four-goal efforts from Carroll Mackenzie and Chelsea Thompson, the Panthers bested the Lancers on their home field, 12-7.
Grace Gaeng leads the Panthers in goals and assists with 37 and 19, respectively, while Thompson is second in goals with 34. Mackenzie is also following closely behind Gaeng in helpers with 18, this season.
Defensively, three Panthers are tied for the team lead in ground balls with 35 – Kelsey Kirby, Christie Dougherty and Jasmine Jordan. Kirby is also the paving the way in caused turnovers with 22.
Goalkeeper Lauren Hayes has played in between the pipes for the Panthers in all 13 contests, making a total of 84 saves (.457 save percentage).
The Panthers are shooting .496 this season, finding the net on 197-of-397 shot attempts. High Point is also shooting over 50 percent from the free position, sinking 33-of-65 (.508) eight-meter shots. The first-year team has also garnered success in reaching the offensive zone, successfully clearing the ball on 200-of-236 attempts (.847 clear percentage).
Liberty will head to the nation's capital next Tuesday to take on American. The opening draw at Jacobs Field is set for 4 p.m.