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Four Goals Lead Lady Flames to Road Victory

October 8, 2011
|  Lexington, Va.
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Helen Doolittle scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season to help Liberty defeat Washington & Lee, 4-0, Saturday.

Four Lady Flames netted goals on Saturday afternoon, helping the Liberty field hockey team secure a 4-0 victory over Washington & Lee at the Duchossois Outdoor Athletics Facilities Complex.  The win is the program's first true road victory, after posting three neutral site wins and one home victory this season.

Liberty's four goals on Saturday, which came from Abby Batdorf, Helen Doolittle, Mercedes Cox and Lindsey Hanks, backs up its four-goal performance against Roanoke on Wednesday.  The 4-0 victory is the largest margin of victory in the program's brief history.

With the win, the Lady Flames are now 5-6 on the year, while Washington & Lee falls to 4-7 for the 2011 campaign.

While Washington & Lee posted the first shot of the contest at the 4:06 mark, Liberty took control of the offense shortly after.  An initial attempt to score off a penalty corner was unsuccessful, but freshman Batdorf put the visitors on the board through 8:24 of play.  Batdorf netted her third goal of the season, coming up with the loose ball on the left post and slipping it past starting goalkeeper Kirsten Kyne.

The Lady Flames posted four more shots in the ensuing eight minutes of play, but no attempt found the target.

Doolittle then tallied her team-leading sixth goal of the season to put Liberty up 2-0.  Charging from the top of the circle, Doolittle fired the shot just inside the arc.  A deflection off a defender's stick lifted the ball into the air and over Kyne's shoulder on the left side of the goal.

Liberty tried two more shots in the first half, but came up empty.  Through the opening 35-minutes of play, the Lady Flames held an 8-1 advantage in both shots and penalty corners.

Cox boosted Liberty to a 3-0 cushion quickly in the second half, scoring just 1:42 into play.  After Batdorf had carried the ball to the endline, she dished the ball to to her teammate just off center of the goal.  Cox then struck the ball to the back of the cage for her second goal of the season, giving Batdorf the assist on the play.

Liberty capped off its scoring at the 63:46 mark, with a goal from Hanks.  Alex Hibbs controlled the ball into the circle on a fast break opportunity, but goalkeeper Caroline Sutherland, who played the second half, charged to break up the opportunity.  With the ball loose, Hanks grabbed possession and earned her second goal of the season.

Ann Jefferis played the entire 70 minutes in cage for the Lady Flames, but was not forced to make a save on the afternoon, resulting in her third shutout of the season.

The Lady Flames controlled the offensive effort on the afternoon, outshooting the Generals 15-2 and having a 12-1 edge in penalty corner opportunities.

Liberty will have a short break away from competition, as its next contest is slated for Oct. 16 against Davidson.  The Lady Flames will hit the road again as they travel to face the NorPac program.  Game time is scheduled for noon.