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Field Hockey Set to Debut on Saturday

September 2, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Liberty field hockey makes its debut, Saturday, hosting Radford at noon.

After nearly a year of preparation, the Liberty field hockey program will make its official debut, Saturday, when Radford visits Lynchburg.  The contest is slated to begin at noon, and will take place at the new multi-sport complex on Liberty's Campus East, below the University's residence halls.

The game will also mark head coach Jodi Murphy's first appearance as a head coach, after serving as an assistant at Richmond from 2007 to 2010.  Despite her experience coaching with the Spiders, Murphy has not faced Radford.

Saturday's contest serves as one of the Lady Flames' three home games on the season, after the addition of a game with Rider for Monday, Sept. 5, was announced on Friday.  The remaining 14 games will be played away from Liberty, with half of those taking place within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Radford visits Lynchburg as a veteran team in more ways than one.  The program itself enters its 31st season, while head coach Jeff Woods begins his 26th season with the Highlanders.  The 2011 squad is also veteran laden, with seven seniors returning from last year.  Meanwhile, six starters are back in the lineup from the 2010 season, when Radford produced a 9-11 record.

The Highlanders are off to a 2-0 start this season after defeating Towson (3-1) and Lock Haven (4-3) last weekend in Farmville, Va.  Madonna Wadolowski and Ashton Cox both earned NorPac weekly honors after the team's season opening victories.  Wadolowski posted a goal and two assists on the weekend to be named East Division Offensive Player of the Week.  Cox scored her first collegiate goal against Towson and was named the Co-Rookie of the Week.

Fans not able to attend the game can track live stats by clicking here.  For those who plan on attending the game, parking will be limited around the field, but is available on Campus East.