The No. 7 seed Liberty lacrosse team opens the 2014 Big South Lacrosse Championship with a trip to face No. 2 seed Davidson tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Richardson Stadium. This will be the second consecutive season that the Lady Flames and the Wildcats have faced each other in the in the conference tournament.
Prior to the team departing for Davidson, Alan York of the Liberty Flames Sports Network had a chance to interview Liberty head coach Kelly Nangle and redshirt junior Morgan Becker. During the conversation, Nangle and Becker share their thoughts on the team and the upcoming matchup with the Wildcats. How to Follow the Lady Flames Live stats and live video will be available for tomorrow's game by clicking on the live stats and live video links on the lacrosse schedule/results page. Both live stats and live video will be provided courtesy of the Davidson Athletics Department. Fans can also follow the game through periodic Twitter updates from @LUGameday and @libertywlax.
Series History Davidson has had Liberty's number in the all-time series, winning each of the seven games between the two squads. Earlier this season on April 19, the Wildcats ousted the Lady Flames, 16-3, at Richardson Stadium.
Last Time Out Liberty concluded the regular season over the weekend, falling in tight contests to Winthrop, 19-14, and Longwood, 12-11. Prior to the game against the Lancers, the Lady Flames honored their four seniors, Nina Dunay, Jillian Krick, Kristen Masullo and Jen Moyer. Against Winthrop, Morgan Becker snagged a Liberty single-game record 12 draw controls. On Sunday versus Longwood, Dunay made the final home game of her career a memorable one, scoring two goals to jump into first place in program history with 99 all-time goals.
Moyer, Dunay and Struss Honored Jen Moyer, Nina Dunay and Sam Struss each garnered Big South postseason recognition on Monday afternoon. Moyer was named to the first-team all-conference squad, while Dunay and Struss were tabbed to the second-team and all-academic team, respectively.
Lady Flames Among Big South and NCAA Leaders Big South (as of 4/27/14) Goals/Game: Sam Struss (8th/2.12) Ground balls/Game: Kallie Britton (T-9th/2.06), Jen Moyer (T-9th/2.06) Draw Controls/Game: Morgan Becker (1st/4.35) Caused Turnovers/Game: Nina Dunay (5th/1.35) Free-Position Goals/Game: Sam Struss (3rd/0.65) Goals-Against Average: Kristen Masullo (6th/14.48) Save Percentage: Kristen Masullo (2nd/.424) Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (1st/9.29)
NCAA (as of 4/27/14) Draw Controls/Game: Morgan Becker (21st/4.35) Saves: Kristen Masullo (6th/158) Saves/Game: Kristen Masullo (10th/9.29)
Previewing the Lady Flames Liberty (2-15, 1-6 Big South) is coming off two tight games this last weekend. The Lady Flames lost contests to Winthrop and Longwood by a combined six goals. This season, Liberty is 1-9 on the road.
The Lady Flames are led offensively by Sam Struss (36 goals, 9 assists) and Morgan Becker (29 goals, 8 assists). Kallie Britton paces the squad with 14 assists and is tied with Jen Moyer for the team lead in ground balls with 35.
In addition to ranking third on the roster in points with 33 (22 goals, 11 assists), Nina Dunay has a team-best 23 caused turnovers, which is ranked in the top five in the Big South.
Becker ranks first in the Big South in draw controls per game (4.35) and and has collected a Liberty single-season record 74 overall.
In goal, Kristen Masullo has 158 saves overall and a .424 save percentage, which ranks her second in the league. The senior has surrendered 215 goals for a goals-against average of 14.48.
Previewing the Wildcats Davidson (10-6, 6-1 Big South) pushed its school-record win streak to nine games last Friday with a win at Longwood and then had it snapped in the regular-season finale at High Point two days later. The Wildcats finished the regular season 5-2 at home, riding a five-game win streak.
The Wildcats are led in scoring this season by Ann Fucigna with 55 points (34 goals, 21 assists) and Emma Sissman with 44 points (43 goals, 1 assist). Emily Cooke, Davidson's all-time leader in assists, paces the squad with 37 helpers this season, ranking her second in the Big South and seventh in the nation. Big South Freshman of the Year Emily Rademacher leads the team with 61 draw controls. Paige Logan tops Davidson in ground balls (33) and caused turnovers (16).
In between the pipes, Katy Boyle has played all but 9:20 this season for the Wildcats. Boyle has notched 104 saves and a .418 save percentage. The goalkeeper has surrendered 145 goals for a goals-against average of 9.09, which ranks her second in the Big South.
Looking Ahead If the Lady Flames are able to get past Davidson, they will advance to the semifinals on Friday at High Point. Liberty would then play the winner of No. 3 seed Longwood versus No. 6 seed Campbell.
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