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Liberty, Bucknell Lacrosse Set for First Meeting, Wednesday
After claiming a win in Pennsylvania on Saturday, the Lady Flames will seek their second straight win in the Keystone State, Wednesday, when they travel to face Bucknell. Game time is slated for 5 p.m. at the Bison's Graham Field at Holmes Stadium.
Last week, the Lady Flames improved to 2-5 behind their second win over a Northeast Conference opponent, downing St. Francis, Pa., 13-9. With the game tied, 8-8, a Morgan Becker goal with 18:47 left in the game sparked a 5-0 run by Liberty over the next 7:45 of game action. Liberty's leading scorer, Kristin Crowley, notched two of her game-high five goals during the span, while Becker also added a second marker. Amber Nichols added a score during the run, as well.
Liberty's defense stifled the Red Flash in the second half, keeping them scoreless for nearly a 20-minute stretch. Senior Chloe McIntosh led the way on the defensive end, picking up five ground balls and turning St. Francis over twice. The Dallas, Texas native's efforts were recognized by the National Lacrosse Conference (NLC), as McIntosh was named the NLC's Defensive Player of the Week.
Kristin Masullo held strong between the pipes for Liberty, making 11 saves and allowing a season-low nine goals against the Red Flash. Masullo continues to rank nationally in multiple goalkeeper categories. In the latest update, the Berkeley Heights, N.J., native is No. 4 in saves per game (11) and No. 5 in saves (79).
Bucknell, a Patriot League member, enters its contest with Liberty owning a 2-7 record, as the programs prepare for their first meeting. The Bison have claimed their wins over Presbyterian College and St. Francis, Pa., both by 21-8 margins. In its most recent matchup, Bucknell fell to Lehigh, 17-9.
Bucknell currently has five players with double-digit goals on the year, led by freshman Emily Kookogey and sophomore Katelyn Miller with 19 and 16, respectively. Madison Hurwitz and Arriana Sajjad each have 14 scores, while Ryan Wenk has 12 goals on the year. Lindsey Ferro has served as the team's set-up person, with 14 assists in 2012.
Time in goal has been split up for the Bison, who have used three different goalkeepers this year. Freshman Caroline O'Neill has logged the most time (275:32), starting six contests. O'Neill has made 39 saves and allowed 80 goals. Katherine Fraile has earned three starts and played in six games, making 24 saves and allowing 61 goals.
Live stats will be available for the contest, which may be followed by clicking the corresponding link on the team's schedule page.