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Pair of Games in New York Await Liberty Lacrosse

March 7, 2012
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Nina Dunay made her return to the field last week, scoring a goal against Cincinnati.

Facing Long Island, Thursday at 4 p.m., and Wagner, Saturday at 1 p.m., the Liberty lacrosse team will seek its first victory of the season on its weekend road trip to New York.

The Lady Flames (0-3) are coming off a 13-8 setback to Cincinnati on Sunday, where the Bearcats used eight second-half goals to pull away for the victory after the game was tied, 5-5, at halftime.

Senior Kristin Crowley led the Lady Flames' scoring attack, finding the back of the net on three occasions and chipping in with an assist.  Morgan Becker provided her second two-goal game of the year, as she also scored two goals in Liberty's season opener against North Carolina.  Freshmen Kacie Fogle and Sam Struss each added a goal, and Nina Dunay rounded out the team's goals on the afternoon.

Crowley, the program's career goals leader, is pacing the team in goals this season as well.  The Colorado Springs, Colo., native has converted five goals on just eight shots, while also adding two assists.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Masullo has made 29 saves on the year, averaging nearly 10 per contest. 

Meanwhile, Jen Freymond has started the season well on the defensive end, collecting 16 groundballs.  Her average of 5.33 groundballs per game currently ranks her second in the nation in the statistical category.  Freymond has also caused six turnovers on the year.

The game between Liberty and Long Island will be the second between the programs, as the two programs squared off during Liberty's inaugural season in 2010.  The Blackbirds came away with a neutral-site victory, 19-9, with the game taking place in Jacksonville, Fla.

Long Island also holds a 0-3 record entering Thursday's matchup at LIU Field.  The Blackbirds have fallen to George Washington (20-6), Iona (17-7) and Manhattan (14-13) to open their 10th season in program history.

Shakoya Smith leads the Blackbirds so far this season, scoring seven goals and tallying one assist.  Ashley Delaney is close behind, posting six goals and one assist.

Gina Haber has played every minute between the posts for Long Island, allowing an average of 17 goals per game.  The sophomore goalkeeper currently ranks No. 7 in the nation in saves per game at 12.

Liberty then faces Wagner for the first time in program history, Saturday.  After posting seven goals in each of their first three games and coming out winless, the Seahawks have exploded for 16 and 17 goals, respectively, to win their last two games.  Lafayette is a common opponent between the two teams, with the Leopards taking a win over both Liberty (15-3) and Wagner (18-7).

Senior Carolyn Clark has proved to be a strong offensive weapon, scoring 15 goals for the Seahawks and already claiming a pair of NEC Player of the Week honors.  Sam Morin is also a double-digit scorer for Wagner, posting 11 goals.

Freshman Shannon Sweeney and sophomore Morgan Roach have split time in goal for Wagner.  Sweeney has been credited with both of the team's wins, while Roach holds all three losses.  Sweeney, playing nearly 156 minutes, has a goals-against average of 9.25 and has saved 22 shots during her time in the net.

Both of the Lady Flames' games this weekend are slated to have live stats, which may be followed by clicking the live stats link on the team's schedule page.