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Field Hockey to play Appalachian State & No. 9 Duke, This Weekend

October 8, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Field Hockey to play Appalachian State & No. 9 Duke, This Weekend

The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team will take their seven-game winning streak on the road this weekend for the first road game in nearly one month. Liberty will travel to Boone, N.C. to take on NorPac foe Appalachian State on Friday at Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium. The contest is slated to start at 3 p.m. The Lady Flames will then travel to Durham, N.C. to go head to head against the No. 9 Duke Blue Devils on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Williams Field in Jack Katz Stadium.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats will be available for both contests by clicking the appropriate link on the field hockey schedule/results panel of LibertyFlames.com. The live stats will be provided by the Appalachian State Media Relations office on Friday, and by Duke on Sunday. Live video for Sunday's contest will be available for a nominal fee.

A Glance at Liberty
Liberty enters the weekend with an 8-4 record (2-0 NorPac), following its sweep of Longwood and NorPac opponent Appalachian State. In the Lady Flames' first contest last week, Liberty downed the Longwood Lancers by a score of 8-1. The Lady Flames carried Tuesday's offensive burst into Sunday's conference matchup, tying the program all-time high in goals scored with 10 goals en route to a 10-0 victory.

Sarah Gipe leads all Liberty goal scorers with eight goals on the season. However, Ashlee Krulock leads the team in points with 19 following her seven-point weekend. Krulock also sits tied with Erin Dombach atop the assists category with five.

Liberty sits atop the NorPac East division, chasing its third straight division title in as many years. Sunday's matchup marks the third ranked ACC opponent the Lady Flames have faced. Liberty holds a 2-0 record against the ACC this year, defeating No. 12 Wake Forest, 2-1, and No. 11 Louisville by a score of 2-1.

A Glance at the Mountaineers
Appalachian State enters the weekend with a 2-10 record (0-2 NorPac) following Sunday's 10-0 setback against the Lady Flames. Friday's contest will be the first time the Mountaineers and Liberty have played back-to-back games against each other. Appalachian State has dropped six consecutive matchups coming into Friday. Liberty holds a 5-1 series advantage over the Mountaineers, having won five consecutive matchups and outscoring Appalachian State, 36-3, in that span.

A Glance at the Blue Devils
Duke finished the 2013 season with a record of 17-7, before falling in the semifinals of the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, entering competition with a full head of steam. Duke reached the NCAA final but fell short, losing to No. 4 Connecticut by a score of 2-0. The Blue Devils, who were picked to finish second in the ACC this year, enter the weekend with an 8-3 record and a chance to improve that record Friday against ACC opponent Boston College. Sunday's matchup will be the first-ever meeting between these two teams.

A Look Ahead
Following Sunday's contest against No. 9 Duke, the Lady Flames will play back-to-back ranked ACC opponents. After facing No. 9 Duke, Liberty will travel to Charlottesville, Va.  on Oct. 17 to take on the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers at 6 p.m. in a rematch of last year's contest where the Cavaliers overcame the Lady Flames, 2-0. Two days later Liberty returns home for the final three games of the regular season, taking on No. 1 North Carolina in a matchup that will be aired on ESPN3 at 2 p.m.