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Liberty Squares off Against George Washington

February 23, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Squares off Against George Washington

The Liberty lacrosse team looks for its first win of the young season on Wednesday, when the Lady Flames host George Washington at 4 p.m. The Lady Flames will turn around three days later and take on Richmond in a home contest at 1 p.m.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats and live video will be available for Wednesday's game at LibertyFlames.com 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 the Colonials
Liberty and George Washington will meet on the lacrosse pitch for the second time in program history. The Colonials captured a 21-10 victory in the first-ever meeting between the two squads on Feb. 26, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Previewing the Lady Flames
Liberty (0-3) is looking to jump into the win column after falling in weekend matchups with Navy and Vanderbilt on Feb. 13 and 15. In their most recent contest against the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Lady Flames fell 20-10 at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

Sam Struss added four goals to her team-high nine goals in the defeat to the Commodores. Struss currently sits second in the Big South for goals per game with three. Standout freshman Katy Pridemore aided the new-and-improved Liberty attack, netting two goals while also dishing out one assist. Pridemore currently leads the team in assists (six) as well as points (10).

Juliann Elmer has been the anchor in between the pipes for the Liberty defense. Despite an 0-3 start for the junior from Phoenix, Md., Elmer has already notched 50 saves on the season, leading the conference with 16.67 saves per game. Elmer also leads the team in groundballs with 10.

Previewing the Colonials
George Washington is off to a 1-1 start to the young season. The Colonials opened the 2015 campaign with a 16-3 loss against then No. 17 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 18 before besting Yale, 13-5, on Feb. 21.

Rachel Mia returns as the leading scorer for George Washington, while Jamie Bumgardner, Michaela Lynch and Allie Rash round out the top four returning scorers for the Colonials. Through the first two contests, Mia leads the attack with six goals, while Bumgardner has netted three goals and dished out three assists on the season.

The Colonials are under new management as Tracy Coyne, 2006 NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year while at Notre Dame, was recently named the fourth head coach in the 14-year-old program. Coyne has compiled 265 wins, ranking 11th all-time among NCAA women's lacrosse coaches.

Looking Ahead
Liberty will conclude its five-game home stand on Saturday when they play host to in-state opponent, Richmond Spiders. The contest is slated to begin at 1 p.m. at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.