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Northern Trek Pits Field Hockey Against Temple, Fairfield

October 27, 2011
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Freshman Abby Batdorf has eight points (three goals, two assists) on the year to rank second on the team.

The Liberty field hockey team will venture north this weekend, taking its longest road trip of the season to compete against Temple and Fairfield.  The Lady Flames will play Temple in the shadows of Philadelphia at 3 p.m., Friday, before trekking to Fairfield, Conn., to face the Stags, Sunday at 11 a.m.

After opening the month of October with back-to-back victories, Liberty has dropped three-straight contests and is now 5-9.  Head coach Jodi Murphy's squad was shut out in games against now 19th-ranked Wake Forest (Oct. 14) and Davidson (Oct. 16), 5-0 and 3-0, respectively, before falling to Appalachian State, 3-2, last Sunday.  Freshmen Mercedes Cox and Lindsey Hanks each scored their third goal of the season against the future NorPac foe, but a late second-half goal led the homestanding Mountaineers to victory.

As Liberty's final line of defense, junior goalkeeper Ann Jefferis continues to hold a top-20 national ranking in two goalkeeping statistics.  Jefferis is No. 17 in the nation in saves per game at 6.93, while she ranks No. 9 in save percentage at .782.

Helen Doolittle still leads the Lady Flames' scoring efforts with six goals.  Abby Batdorf, Hanks and Cox each have three tallies to rank second on the team in goals.

Liberty and Temple will "Play 4 the Cure," Friday, in a game which will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and awareness.  Temple is 7-11 overall this season, and is 4-1 in Atlantic 10 games, ranking second in the conference.  The Owls are 4-2 over their last six games, after enduring a five-game slide.  This will be the Lady Flames' first matchup with an Atlantic 10 program.

Bridget Settles leads her team and the Atlantic 10 in scoring, posting 16 goals this season.  The senior has also chipped in four assists, to total 36 points and be the only Owl in double-digits.

Lizzy Millen is the primary goalkeeper for Temple, accumulating a 7-9 record while blocking away shots at a .677 clip.  The sophomore holds a goals-against average of 2.48.

Continuing north on the weekend, Liberty will match up with Fairfield, who competes in the America East Conference.  The Stags are 9-7, but will host Boston University on Saturday before Liberty is in town, Sunday.

The senior-freshman duo of Marit Westenberg and Felicitas Heinen lead the Stags' scoring charge, with seven and six goals, respectively.  Westenberg has also added four assists to hold the team lead with 18 points.

Maddy Sposito has seen the majority of action in Fairfield's cage, owning a 7-5 record as goalkeeper.  She holds a .685 save percentage and a 2.53 goals-against average.

Fans wishing to follow the Lady Flames' action over the weekend will be able to access live statistics for both games, with a link available through LibertyFlames.com.