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Liberty Lax to Host a Pair of Opponents

February 12, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Lax to Host a Pair of Opponents

After dropping its season opener last Friday against Virginia Tech, the Liberty lacrosse team looks for its first win of the young season on Friday when the Lady Flames host Navy at 3 p.m. The Lady Flames then turn around two days later, hosting Vanderbilt at noon on Sunday. Both contests will be played at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats and live video will be available for this weekend's games on by clicking on the live stats link on the lacrosse schedule/results page. Live stats are brought to you by StatBroadcast and the live video is made available by the Big South Network. Fans can also follow the game through periodic twitter updates from @LUGameday and @libertywlax.

Series History Versus Navy
Liberty and Navy will meet on the lacrosse pitch for the third time in program history, this Friday. The Lady Flames are 0-2 all-time against the Midshipmen, with the last meeting being held in Annapolis, Md., where then No. 19 Navy defeated Liberty 19-3 on Feb. 18, 2014.

Series History Versus the Commodores     
The Lady Flames and the Commodores have squared off once in program history prior to Sunday's showdown. Vanderbilt successfully bested Liberty, 20-8, on Feb. 15, 2014. The contest was played in the Country Music Capital of the World in Nashville, Tenn.

Previewing the Lady Flames
Liberty (0-1) is looking to jump into the win column after narrowly falling to Virginia Tech, 15-11, last Friday in its season opener. The Lady Flames battled back and forth with the Hokies throughout the contest, but could not overcome the early five-goal deficit to begin the contest.

Sam Struss led the new-and-improved Liberty attack with five goals, while freshman Katy Pridemore matched Struss' point total of five with three goals and two assists. Co-captain Nina Dunay added a score, notching her 100th career goal for the red and blue. Courtney Brown and Michaela Rich capped off the scoring for the Lady Flames in the season opener. Juliann Elmer picked up a tough loss in her first collegiate start, despite matching last season's save total with 14 stops in the opening day.

Against Virginia Tech, Liberty revealed a vast improvement, netting 11 goals against the Hokies and edging closer to beating the in-state opponent than ever before with the four-goal deficit.

Previewing the Midshipmen
Navy is off to a 1-0 start to the season. The Midshipmen opened the year with a strong performance, besting Longwood by a final score of 17-2 in Annapolis, Md. Navy was selected to finish second in the Patriot League, 18 points behind Loyola Maryland.

In their first contest, the Midshipmen saw a trio of goal scorers in Loren Generi, Codi Mullen and Julia Collins, who scored three goals each in the victory. Generi also tacked on a team-high three assists to compliment her team-high six points against Longwood. Annie Foky started the game between the pipes for the Midshipmen, notching five saves in 50 minutes of play.

Previewing the Commodores
Vanderbilt begins the season 1-0 after a strong 24-1 rout over Kennesaw State in Nashville, Tenn. The Commodores were selected to finish fourth in the preseason poll in their first season of Big East competition.

Kelly Chandler returns as the leading scorer for Vanderbilt, contributing three goals in the season opening victory over the Owls. Chandler was selected to the preseason All-Big East team as voted on by league's coaches. Alongside Chandler is Mallory Schonk, a unanimous pick for the preseason All-Big East team. Schonk also netted three goals in the rout over Kennesaw State. Schonk dished out six assists in the contest, contributing to her team-best nine points to begin the season. Callahan Kent received the call in between the pipes for the Commodores, allowing just one goal and picking up two saves in 60 minutes of play.

Looking Ahead
Liberty will receive a brief halt in play before continuing its five-game home stand to start the season with a contest against George Washington on Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. The contest will be played at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.