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Liberty's Top 10 Moments of 2014: Moment No. 5

December 25, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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As the calendar winds down to the final days of 2014, the Liberty Flames Sports Network is looking back at the moments that made this athletics year special for Flames Nation.

The series continues today by looking at Moment No. 5, Mallory Cuccio's save on a penalty stroke by Mallory Mason of No. 11 Louisville on the game's final shot.

Liberty's field hockey program faced the most challenging schedule in the program's four-year history in 2014, which included matchups with nine nationally ranked teams.

Liberty posted a 3-6 record against the nation's elite program, including home victories over No. 12 Wake Forest and No. 11 Louisville, plus a neutral site win over No. 4 Stanford.

With the clock winding down against No. 11 Louisville on Sept. 28, the Cardinals continually put pressure on Liberty's defense to try to score the equalizer and send the match into overtime.

Louisville recorded all five shot attempts during the second half, including a Mallory Mason shot off a penalty stroke after time had expired on the regulation game clock. Mallory Cuccio turned away the shot, her seventh save of the afternoon, to secure Liberty's 2-1 victory.

The Lady Flames' final victory over a top 20 team came on Nov. 8 when Liberty defeated No. 4 Stanford, 1-0, in the championship match of the NorPac Tournament. The victory gave the Lady Flames their second NorPac Championship in as many years.

Following the program's first-ever NCAA Play-In game win over Richmond, Liberty's dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 1 North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Field Hockey Championship. The Lady Flames finished the year with a 14-8 overall record.

The Liberty Flames Sports Network will continue to count down the Top 10 moments of 2014 when LibertyFlames.com reveals moment No. 4 on Friday.

Top 10 Moments of 2014:
No. 10 – Liberty claiming the title at the 2014 Big South Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships
No. 9 – Jacob Hagen's interception to seal football's FBS victory over Appalachian State
No. 8 – Chase Marinell's birdie putt at No. 17 to capture the 2014 Big South Men's Golf Championship
No. 7 – Swimming & Diving wins its first-ever Coastal Collegiate Swimming Championship title
No. 6 – Andrew Smith's pair of dunks that were featured on SportsCenter's Top Plays
No. 5 – Mallory Cuccio's save off a penalty stroke to secure Liberty's win over No. 11 Louisville
No. 4 – Revealed on Dec. 26
No. 3 – Revealed on Dec. 29
No. 2 – Revealed on Dec. 30
No. 1 – Revealed on Dec. 31