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Liberty LAX Heads to the Nation's Capital to Face American
The Liberty women's lacrosse team heads to Washington, D.C., Tuesday to take on Patriot League member, American. The matchup marks the first-ever meeting between the Lady Flames and the Eagles. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Watch the Lady Flames
A live steam video link for the matchup between Liberty and American will be available on LibertyFlames.com. Fans may access the link from the women's lacrosse schedule/results page, the schedule panel on the website's home page or by clicking the link above. The stream is provided by the American media relations office and can be viewed by paying a small fee.
A Look at the Lady Flames
Liberty heads to the nation's capital with a 5-8 overall record and a 2-4 posting in conference play.
Head coach Regan Denham's team hosted High Point, Wednesday afternoon, falling to the National Lacrosse Conference's (NLC) newest member, 17-4, at Osborne Stadium.
Kristin Crowley paced the Lady Flames with two goals, followed by Jen Freymond and Annessa Jamison, who each had one.
Karis Walborn leads the way in goals this season with 25, followed by junior captain Crowley who has 24. The Lady Flames' defensive captain, Chloe McIntosh, and Freymond are currently tied as Liberty's leader in ground balls with 30. 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 13 contests, making 143 saves (.480 save percentage). According to the latest NCAA rankings summary, the Berkeley Heights, N.J., native is No. 8 in the country in saves, No. 7 in saves per game (11.0) and No. 15 in save percentage.
Liberty is shooting .475 this season, finding the net on 133-of-280 shot attempts. In terms of team clears, the Lady Flames have a clear percentage of .688, successfully clearing the ball on 137-of-199 attempts.
Scouting the Eagles
American enters Tuesday's contest with a 7-7 record overall and a 3-3 posting in Patriot League play. Guaranteed to finish as the No. 4 seed heading into their conference tournament, the Eagles are coming off a narrow loss at home to Navy this past Wednesday. Despite a four-goal effort from American midfielder Kimberly Collins, Navy managed to escape with an 11-10 victory.
Midfielder Bernadette Maher leads the Eagles with 26 goals, while Collins is pacing the team with 14 assists. Defensively, Emily Stankiewicz headlines American with 40 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers. Goalkeeper Kaska Komosinski has appeared in all 14 contests this season, recording 86 saves (.369 save percentage).
American is shooting .437 on the season and is averaging just under 12 goals per game (163 total). The Eagles are shooting .359 from the eight-meter mark, connecting on 28-of-78 free position attempts. The Washington, D.C. based team is also carrying a .825 clear percentage into Tuesday's meeting, crossing the restraining line on 151-of-183 clear attempts.
Liberty concludes its 2011 home slate on Thursday, playing host to two-time defending NLC champion Longwood. The opening draw between the Lady Flames and the Lancers is at 4 p.m.