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Lady Flames Set for a Pair of Non-Conference Matchups

March 13, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Senior midfielder Candice Parsons

Senior midfielder Candice Parsons

In the midst of its best start in program history, the Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team will play two non-conference games this week, beginning on the road Thursday at 2 p.m. against BIG EAST member Cincinnati. The Lady Flames will return home on Saturday to play NEC opponent Robert Morris at noon.

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 Live stats for Thursday's game will be provided by the Cincinnati media relations department. A live video stream of the Cincinnati game will also be available for a small fee.

A Look at Liberty
The Lady Flames enter play on Thursday versus the Bearcats riding a three-game winning streak, while holding a 4-2 record overall. It is Liberty's best start in program history and the three-game winning streak is its longest since March 22-29, 2011.

The Lady Flames are coming off a pair of home wins against St. Francis (Pa.) and Wagner. Liberty held the Red Flash to their lowest goal total of the season last Thursday, winning by a final tally of 9-5. On Sunday, the Lady Flames avenged a 12-11 setback a year ago in overtime to the Seahawks, by holding off a late rally from the visitors to win by an identical 12-11 score.

Jen Freymond and Kallie Britton had big weeks for Liberty and, in recognition of their strong play, were awarded as the Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively. Freymond recorded a team-high 12 ground balls, 10 draw controls and finished second on the team in caused turnovers with six, during the week. The Lakefield, Ontario native also contributed a pair of goals on six shots. Britton had arguably the best week of her young collegiate career last week. The Overland Park, Kan., native paced the Lady Flames with 10 points on five goals and five assists. The freshman also contributed five ground balls and a draw control.

For the season, attacker Sam Struss leads Liberty in points (21) and assists (15), while junior Nina Dunay tops the team in goals (14). Morgan Becker (13) and Britton (11) have also notched double-digit goal totals so far this season. Freymond paces the Lady Flames with 23 draw controls and 20 ground balls and is second to Dunay (13) in caused turnovers with 11.

Kristen Masullo has played the majority of the minutes between the pipes for Liberty, recording 56 saves and giving up 44 goals for a save percentage of .560. The junior has an 8.92 goals against average.

Lady Flames Among Big South and NCAA Leaders
Big South
Nina Dunay (8th/2.33), Morgan Becker (T10th/2.17)
Assists/Game: Sam Struss (3rd/2.50), Kallie Britton (T7th/1.50)
Points/Game: Sam Struss (8th/3.50), Kallie Britton (10th/3.33)
Ground Balls/Game: Jen Freymond (3rd/3.33)
Shots/Game: Nina Dunay (6th/5.00), Morgan Becker (7th/4.67)
Draw Controls/Game: Jen Freymond (3rd/3.83), Jen Moyer (5th/3.00), Nina Dunay (T7th/2.67)
Caused Turnovers/Game: Nina Dunay (3rd/2.17), Jen Freymond (5th/1.83)
Goals Against Average: Kristen Masullo (2nd/8.92)
Save Percentage: Kristen Masullo (1st/.560)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (1st/ 9.33)

Assists: Sam Struss (11th/15)
Assists/Game: Sam Struss (16th/2.50)
Ground Balls/Game: Jen Freymond (12th/3.33)
Caused Turnovers/Game: Nina Dunay (18th/2.17)
Goals Against Average: Kristen Masullo (25th/8.92)
Saves: Kristen Masullo (9th/56)
Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (5th/9.33)
Save Percentage: Kristen Masullo (2nd/.560)

A Look at Cincinnati
The Bearcats are coming off of a triple-overtime road setback to Iona on Saturday by a final score of 13-12. The loss evened up Cincinnati's record at 2-2 on the season. The Bearcats are 1-0, while playing at home at Nippert Stadium. The Lady Flames are a perfect 2-0 away from Lynchburg this season.

Cincinnati and Liberty have faced each other once, with the Bearcats defeating the Lady Flames on March 4 of last season, 13-8, at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

A pair of Cincinnati players have recorded double-digit point totals so far this season. Kylie Ramsland leads the team with 13 points (11 goals, 2 assists), while Taylor Young is second with 12 markers (10 goals, 2 assists). Ashley Helmrath has assisted on five Cincinnati goals to pace the squad.

Ramsland also leads the Bearcats in draw controls (20) and caused turnovers (4), while Kelsey Conway tops the team in ground balls with 10.

In goal, Meg Gulmi has played every minute this season, surrendering 48 goals, while making 34 saves for a save percentage of .415.

A Look at Robert MorrisThe Colonials come to the Hill City on Saturday with an even 3-3 overall record and 2-1 road mark. Last time out, Robert Morris fell to Big South opponent Davidson, 13-6, for its first road loss of the year. After winning its last two home contests, Liberty is 2-2 at the Liberty Lacrosse Field this season.

Brittany Byerly leads the Colonials in points (22) and assists (8) and is tied for first with 10 ground balls. Emily Jamison is the team's leading goal scorer with 15. Jessica Carwacki has 49 draw controls so far this season, ranking her first in the nation in draw controls per game (8.40). Defensively, Corey Karwacki paces Robert Morris with 10 caused turnovers.

Goalkeeper Kaitlin Pentz has started all six games this season for the Colonials. The junior has made 48 saves, while allowing 62 goals for a save percentage of .436.

Looking Ahead
Liberty will travel to George Mason for a mid-week contest next Wednesday. First draw is scheduled for 2 p.m.