From left to right: Natalie, Serena and Bethany Barr
The sister trio of Natalie, Serena and Bethany Barr earned the Liberty Lady Flames field hockey squad its second consecutive sweep of the NorPac weekly honors. Natalie Barr earned the Offensive Player of the Week award, while Serena and Bethany were awarded the Defensive and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively.
The award is Natalie Barr's third consecutive Offensive Player of the Week plaudit and fourth overall for the season. Serena Barr nabs her first career defensive weekly award after earning two consecutive Rookie of the Week honors. Bethany Barr collects her first career NorPac weekly award. The three awards push Liberty's total to 13 for the season.
The Barr sisters helped lead the Lady Flames to a perfect 2-0 week, collecting a pair of shutout victories against NorPac east opponents. Liberty blanked Davidson on Friday, 3-0, before routing Appalachian State, 6-0, on Sunday. The Lady Flames' two wins clinched their second consecutive NorPac East division title and upped their record to 13-4 overall (7-0 NorPac).
Natalie Barr continued her torrid pace through the conference, adding two more goals and an assist this past week. Barr's five points last week gives her a total of 42 for the season, breaking the single-season program record of 40, which she set last season. The forward tallied her fifth multiple-goal game of the season on Friday at Davidson, tallying two goals. The sophomore now has a team and conference-best 16 goals, matching her goal total from last season. Against Appalachian State, Barr notched an assist, giving her 10 assists this season. Barr now sits in a tie for the team and conference lead in assists with younger sister Bethany Barr.
Serena Barr played every minute on defense last week in Liberty's two victories. Barr served as a linchpin of a Lady Flames' defense which posted back-to-back shutouts. The two shutouts gives Liberty six this season, which is a new single-season program record. In two games, Barr and the rest of the Liberty defense surrendered just three total shots and two penalty corners. Due to the strong defensive pressure by Barr and her teammates, none of the three shots ended up being on goal. The freshman's strong tackling skills kept both the Wildcats' and the Mountaineers' offensive attacks out of the Liberty circle for the majority of both contests.
On Sunday against Appalachian State, Bethany Barr tallied a goal and an assist. Barr's second goal of the season came unassisted as she dribbled around the Mountaineers' defense and scored from the right post, putting the Lady Flames on top 2-0. Later in the game, Barr delivered her 10th assist of the season. The freshman is now tied for the team and conference lead in assists with older sister, Natalie Barr.
Liberty will play its final regular-season game on Saturday against Radford. The NorPac contest against the Highlanders is slated to begin at 1 p.m. The game will serve as senior day for the Lady Flames' Ann Jefferis, Jordan Richardson and Micailah Sloman.
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