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Masullo Tabbed NLC Defensive Player of the Week
The National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) announced its players of the week late Monday night, with Liberty goalkeeper Kristen Masullo taking the honor as the NLC Defensive Player of the Week. While Masullo was a first-team all-conference netminder last season, this is her first player of the week honor.
The sophomore earns the recognition as the Lady Flames posted a 1-1 record in a pair of games in New York last week, to now hold a 1-4 mark overall.
Liberty defeated Long Island on Thursday, 19-14, thanks in part to Masullo's program-record tying 19 saves between the pipes. The Berkeley Heights, N.J., native matched her own mark, set March 19, 2011 against Central Connecticut State. The Blackbirds fired off 38 shots on the afternoon, including 18 shots on free position attempts. She also grabbed two groundballs in the contest.
Two days later, Masullo posted a 13-save performance, as Liberty was edged in overtime by Wagner, 12-11. She also had two groundballs as she played all 66 minutes in the net.
With the NCAA statistics also being updated on Monday evening, Masullo makes the national listing in three goalkeeper categories. The sophomore ranks fourth in saves per game (12.2), seventh in saves (61) and 29th in save percentage (.455).
Liberty continues its 2012 schedule on Wednesday, welcoming George Mason for a 3 p.m. tilt at the Liberty Lacrosse Field on Campus East.