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Lady Flames Take on Pair of Ranked ACC Opponents, This Weekend

October 15, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team will have its hands full this weekend, squaring off against No. 6 Virginia and No. 1 North Carolina. Liberty travels to Charlottesville, Va. Friday to square off against the Cavaliers at Turf Field at 6 p.m. The Lady Flames then return home Sunday to begin a three-game regular-season ending homestand. Liberty will host the Tar Heels on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Liberty Field Hockey Field.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats will be available for both contests by clicking the appropriate links on the field hockey schedule/results panel of LibertyFlames.com. The live stats will be provided by the Virgina Media Relations office on Friday. Sunday's contest will also be aired on ESPN3.

A Glance at Liberty
Liberty enters the weekend with a 9-5 record (3-0 NorPac), following its loss against No. 9 Duke. The Lady Flames entered last week with a seven-game winning streak, extending that streak to eight games following their victory Friday, against NorPac foe Appalachian State, 6-2. Liberty's comeback fell short against the Blue Devils, as the Lady Flames surrendered a goal with 23 seconds left on the clock in regulation, falling 3-2.

Sarah Gipe continued her strong play last weekend, notching four goals and assisting in two goals. Gipe leads the team with 28 points and 12 goals. The junior forward enters the weekend tied with her personal best for points in a season with 28, and is one goal shy of tying her single-season career high for goals with 13.

This weekend's contests mark the fourth and fifth ranked ACC opponents the Lady Flames will face this season. Liberty is 2-1 against the ACC in 2014, defeating both No. 12 Wake Forest and No. 11 Louisville by a score of 2-1, before dropping the 3-2 contest at No. 9 Duke on Sunday.

A Glance at the Cavaliers
Virginia enters the weekend with an 11-4 record, sitting atop the ACC with a 4-1 record in conference play, despite being picked sixth in the conference. The Cavaliers finished their 2013 campaign with a 15-6 record, before falling in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Massachusetts by a score of 4-3. Virginia enters Friday's contest having dropped its most recent game against Wake Forest, 4-3.

Liberty has squared off with the Cavaliers once before, dropping the contest at home, 2-0 on Sept. 29, 2013.

A Glance at the Tar Heels
North Carolina enters the weekend with an 11-2 record, looking to improve that record Friday when the Tar Heels travel to take on No. 8 Duke. The Tar Heels were picked as the ACC preseason favorite, but sit third in the current conference standings. North Carolina finished the 2013 season with a record of 18-6, falling in the NCAA semifinal to eventual champion Connecticut in double overtime, 2-1. In its most recent contest, North Carolina upended VCU, 8-1.

The Tar Heels and Lady Flames will meet for the first time Sunday at 2 p.m., with the contest airing on ESPN3. It will also mark Liberty's first-ever matchup with the nation's No. 1-ranked team in field hockey.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Flames will look to secure their third straight NorPac East title on Oct. 23, taking on NorPac foe Pacific at Liberty Field Hockey Field. The contest is slated for 4 p.m. Liberty holds a 2-0 overall record over the Tigers, with the most recent contest ending in the Lady Flames' favor with a 2-1 victory on Aug. 29.

Five days later, the Lady Flames conclude their regular season, taking on Georgetown at Liberty Field Hockey Field at 4 p.m. Liberty holds a 2-0 series advantage over the Hoyas, with the Lady Flames defeating Georgetown in the most recent contest, 7-0 in College Park, Md. on Oct. 20, 2013.