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Liberty Continues Home Stand on Friday Against Radford

October 11, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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The Lady Flames (8-5) host Radford (1-11) on Friday at 6 p.m.

The Liberty Lady Flames welcome fellow NorPac foe Radford to the Liberty Field Hockey Field for a 7 p.m. matchup on Friday. This will be Liberty's first home contest against a conference opponent and it begins a six-game stretch versus NorPac competition.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats for Friday's game will be available on LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats link on the field hockey schedule/results page.

Series Against Radford
Friday's matchup will be the third meeting all-time and second this season between the two Virginia schools. Earlier this season, the Lady Flames travelled to Radford and defeated the Highlanders, 2-1, in double overtime for the program's first NorPac victory. Last season, Radford downed Liberty, 3-1, in the Lady Flames' inaugural game.

A Look at the Lady Flames
The Lady Flames enter Friday's game with an overall record of 8-5 (1-1 NorPac). Liberty split a pair of home contests this past weekend. On Saturday, the Lady Flames topped the Villanova Wildcats, 2-1, before having their five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday by the VCU Rams, 2-1.

Liberty jumped out to a two-goal lead and held off a late rally by the Wildcats to earn the victory on Saturday. Natalie Barr and Helen Doolittle notched goals for the Lady Flames. Liberty's defense dominated the first half, holding the Wildcats to zero shots and no penalty corner opportunities. It was the first time this season that the Lady Flames have held an opponent to zero shots and zero penalty corners in a half. Villanova received a second-half goal from Leah High to trim the lead to 2-1, but that was the closest they would get as Liberty claimed the victory. For the game, the Lady Flames outshot Villanova, 14-7, and held the advantage in penalty corners at 12-7. Liberty's Mallory Cuccio tallied five saves for her third win of the year.

On Sunday, Liberty fell behind, 2-0, at the end of the first half. The Lady Flames' Hannah Doherty scored her third goal of the year in the second half, but VCU held on for the 2-1 win. Liberty tallied six shots to the Rams' five, while both teams earned two penalty corners.

The Lady Flames have received goals from nine different players so far this season. Sarah Gipe leads the way with nine goals, while Barr and Abbey Basom have six and four goals, respectively. Barr, Doolittle and Hannah Jones pace Liberty with three assists each.

In goal, Brooke Morley has started nine games, recorded 48 saves, surrendered 18 goals and has a save percentage of .727. Cuccio started the last four games for the Lady Flames and has notched 15 saves, allowed four goals, and holds a save percentage of .789.

Liberty ranks 12th nationally and first in the NorPac with 8.46 penalty corners per game. The Lady Flames rank second in the conference in scoring margin (0.75), goals against average (1.66) and goals allowed per game (1.69).

A Look at the Highlanders
Radford dropped a 4-0 decision to James Madison on Tuesday to fall to 1-11 overall. The Highlanders hold a conference mark of 1-2.

James Madison tallied all four of its goals in the second half on Tuesday to earn the 4-0 victory. It was the sixth time that Radford has been shut out this season. The Highlanders were held to just one shot and did not earn a penalty corner in the contest.

Stacey Mackintosh has tallied nine points on four goals and one assist to lead the team. Jana Bayer ranks second on the team with three goals.

Radford goalie Sidney Encarnacion has recorded 101 saves, while giving up 42 goals. She leads the conference with 8.64 saves per game.

Looking Ahead
Liberty returns to the field on Tuesday, with a home matchup versus NorPac conference opponent, Longwood. Game time at the Liberty Field Hockey Field is slated for 4:30 p.m.