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Lady Flames Close Week Against Washington & Lee
The Liberty field hockey team will end its week with an interdivisional matchup, Saturday, traveling to Lexington, Va., to face off with NCAA Division III opponent Washington & Lee. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The game against the Generals is Liberty's fifth and final contest against a Division III program this season. The Lady Flames have posted a 3-1 record in previous games against such opponents, claiming victories over Marywood (Sept. 10), Christopher Newport (Sept. 11) and, most recently, Roanoke (Oct. 5).
Liberty is coming off a 4-1 win over Roanoke, which was a season-high scoring output for the Lady Flames. Freshmen Morgan DeMann and Alex Hibbs each scored the first goal of their collegiate careers, while Hibbs also added a second tally in the game. Helen Doolittle also posted a goal, which came on a penalty stroke. Doolittle leads the team in scoring with five goals on the year.
Ten Lady Flames have now scored a point this season. This includes seven different goal scorers and three who have solely contributed assists. Doolittle's five goals also gives her the team lead in points with 10, while Abby Batdorf and Hibbs have both tallied five points on the year to rank second on the team.
Washington & Lee has played to a 4-5 mark this season and will travel to Virginia Wesleyan this evening before hosting the Lady Flames tomorrow. The team's latest two victories have come in opposing fashions, having defeated Frostburg State (Sept. 17) 6-2, and knocking off Shenandoah (Sept. 28) 1-0 in double overtime.
Eleventh-year head coach Wendy Orrison's team is led by Christina Benedetti and Candice Stefanic, who have both notched three goals on the year. Benedetti, a senior, has also tallied a pair of assists to lead the team in points, with eight. Meanwhile, seven other Generals have contributed a goal on the season.
Kirsten Kyne has played the majority of the team's minutes (490) in goal. The junior has allowed 19 goals for a 2.71 goals-against average, while saving 66 shots this year to hold a .776 save percentage. She is credited with a 2-3 record, while fellow junior goalkeeper Caroline Sutherland has picked up the remaining four decisions, going 2-2. Sutherland has accumulated 157 minutes in the cage, allowing seven goals and posting 13 saves.
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