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Liberty Returns Home for a Pair of Contests This Week

March 7, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Goalie Kristen Masullo is first in the Big South in save percentage (.582).

Goalie Kristen Masullo is first in the Big South in save percentage (.582).

The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team returns to Liberty Mountain for its next two games, beginning today versus the St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash at 3 p.m. followed up with a contest against the Wagner Seahawks on Sunday at 2 p.m.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats for both games will be available by clicking the live stats link on the lacrosse schedule/results page on

Series Against the Red Flash
Liberty has faced St. Francis in each of its first three seasons, holding a 2-1 series lead all-time. The Lady Flames defeated the Red Flash in the most recent meeting in 2012, a 13-9 road win.

Series Against the Seahawks
Wagner and Liberty have faced each other one time, with the Seahawks defeating the Lady Flames 12-11 in overtime last season in New York.

A Look at the Lady Flames
Liberty will look to carry over the momentum of its most recent victory, a 21-4 rout of Delaware State on the road this past Friday. The win evened up the Lady Flames' record this season at 2-2.

Twelve different players notched goals and Sam Struss set a single-game program record with seven assists, as Liberty won by its largest margin of victory ever. Morgan Becker tallied a game-high four goals, while Caroline Milwicz chipped in with three tallies. Jen Freymond paced the Lady Flames with three ground balls and four draw controls. Defensively, Nina Dunay led Liberty with four caused turnovers.

Offensively for the season, Liberty ranks fifth in the Big South Conference in goals (13.50/game), third in assists (7.75/game), fourth in points (21.25/game) and fourth in draw controls (14.00/game). On the defensive side of the field, the Lady Flames are second in the Big South in ground balls (18.25/game), third in caused turnovers (8.50/game), third in goals against average (9.50), first in saves (11.50/game) and first in save percentage (.548).

Struss paces Liberty with 17 points overall (5 goals, 12 assists), while Becker tops the squad in goals (10) and is second in points (13). Struss' 12 helpers leads the Big South and her 4.25 points per game average is good for eighth among all players in the conference.

Rounding out Liberty's statistical leaders is Chloe McIntosh with nine ground balls, Jen Moyer with 16 draw controls and Dunay with eight caused turnovers.

Between the pipes, Kristen Masullo is first in the Big South in both save percentage (.582) and saves per game (9.75) and is also ranked third in the league in goals against average (9.54). 

A Look at St. Francis
The Red Flash hold an identical record as the Lady Flames, at 2-2 on the season. Most recently, they defeated Big South Conference member Coastal Carolina 9-6 on the road in Conway. St. Francis has played three of its four contests on the road so far this season, holding a 1-2 mark away from Loretto.

The Red Flash have scored 34 goals this year, with 25 of them occurring unassisted. St. Francis is averaging 12.25 ground balls per contest, 10.5 draw controls per game and seven and a half caused turnovers a game.

Olivia Pittman tops the Red Flash in both goals (9) and assists (3), while Katie Schaaf sits in second with seven scores. Defensively, Jordan Porretto has scooped up a team-high 11 ground balls. The freshman is also first on the team with 13 draw controls and tied for the lead in caused turnovers with five.

Savannah Shores has started each game in goal for St. Francis, surrendering 34 goals, while recording 17 saves.

A Look at Wagner
The Seahawks are coming off their third win of the season in four games this past Saturday, knocking off Siena at home 12-9. Wagner opened the season against Liberty's most recent opponent, Delaware State, routing the Hornets 21-2. In road contests this year, the Seahawks are 1-0.

Wagner has scored 52 goals on the year, while holding its opponents to only 30 tallies. The Seahawks have assisted on just over half of their goals this season, recording 28 helpers. On the draw, the squad has notched an average of 13.25 controls a contest. At the defensive end of the field, per game Wagner is averaging 14.25 ground balls, 10.75 caused turnovers and seven saves.

Individually, Jessica Mills' 20 points (10 goals and 10 assists) paces the Seahawks. Casey McCarthy is second on the team with eight goals, tied for second with a pair of assists and first with 12 draw controls. Kimmy Tumolo has recorded nine ground balls to top Wagner, while McCarthy, Shelby Steadman and Katy Bender have each caused five turnovers, which leads the team.

In goal, Katie Ferraro has started in three out of the four games this year, allowing 20 goals, while making an equal amount of stops.

Looking Ahead
Liberty will travel to Ohio on March 14 to face Big East foe Cincinnati. Game time versus the Bearcats is slated for 2 p.m.