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Lady Flames Host Commonwealth Clash, Wednesday
Playing its first of three intrastate matchups this season, the Liberty women's lacrosse team will host George Mason on Wednesday, in a 3 p.m. contest at the Liberty Lacrosse Field. It will be the first meeting between the programs.
The Lady Flames are coming off a 1-1 performance last week, playing two games in New York. After taking down Long Island, 19-14, Thursday, Liberty was edged in overtime by Wagner, 12-11, Saturday.
Kristen Masullo was a key factor in the team's first win of the season, as she tied her own program record for saves in a game with 19. The Blackbirds shot 38 times in the game, with 18 coming on free position attempts. Against Wagner, the sophomore had 13 saves, to total 32 in the two games. The National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) recognized the Berkeley Heights, N.J., native's performance last week, by naming Masullo the NLC Defensive Player of the Week. Masullo currently ranks nationally in three goalkeeper statistical categories: saves per game (No. 4, 12.2), saves (No. 7, 61) and save percentage (No. 29, .455).
Morgan Becker had a solid offensive weekend for Liberty. The redshirt freshman scored four goals and two assists against Long Island and three goals and two assists against the Seahawks. She also grabbed eight draw controls in each contest, both serving as game-highs. The Round Hill, Va., native is now No. 35 in the nation, averaging 3.6 draw controls per game.
After scoring 14 goals in the first three games of the season, the Lady Flames found the back of the net 30 times in last week's two games. Becker was the leader with seven scores, while senior Kristin Crowley netted six goals. Nina Dunay added five on the weekend, while Amber Nichols scored four, to round out the top scorers. Five more Lady Flames added at least one marker.
Jen Freymond continued her strong defensive play during the weekend, as she scooped up a combined six ground balls and caused six turnovers in the two games. The sophomore currently ranks inside the top 10 nationally in ground balls (No. 3, 4.4 per game) and caused turnovers (No. 9, 2.4 per game).
After opening 2012 with six-straight home games, George Mason will visit Liberty for its first of four-consecutive road contests. The Patriots are 1-5 this season, and are on a five-game slide after winning their first game of the year against St. Francis (Pa.), 19-9. After the 19-goal outburst, George Mason has not scored more than eight goals in a single game, falling to Johns Hopkins, UMBC, George Washington, Boston and Albany.
George Mason's scoring has been a balanced attack, as five different Patriots have scored at least six goals. Senior Emily Ellisen leads the way with nine goals. Caitlin Formato and Mary Schwartz both have eight scores. Schwartz is the team leader in points (13), adding five assists on the season.
Junior Brittany Pastrana has started each game in goal for the Patriots, making 48 saves and holding a goals-against average of 13.82 for the 1-5 record. Sophomore Katie Teague has seen action in three games, totaling just less than 50 minutes played, making three saves and allowing eight goals.
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