The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team aims to end the regular season on a high note with a win at Longwood tomorrow. The contest is slated to begin at 6 p.m. in Farmville, Va., with both squads concluding their regular season schedule before competing in the Big South Championship quarterfinals on Tuesday.
How to Follow the Lady Flames Live stats and live video will be available for tomorrow's game at LibertyFlames.com by clicking on the appropriate links on the lacrosse schedule/results page. Live stats are provided by the Longwood Athletics Communications department, while the live video is provided by the Big South Network. Fans can also follow the game through periodic Twitter updates from @LUGameday and @libertywlax.
Series History Versus the Lancers Tomorrow's bout marks the sixth time that Liberty and Longwood have squared off on the lacrosse pitch. The Lady Flames are 0-5 all-time against the Lancers. Liberty fell to Longwood, 12-11, at home on April 27, 2014 in the most recent matchup.
Previewing the Lady Flames Liberty enters tomorrow's contest with a 7-9 overall record, including a 5-1 mark in Big South action. The Lady Flames most recently fell to Winthrop on Tuesday, 17-6, in Rock Hill, S.C. in a game that determined the No.1 seed in the upcoming Big South Championship. Prior to the loss, Liberty had won five consecutive contests for the first time in program history, setting another program mark for the best conference record at 5-1.
Co-captain Morgan Becker leads the way for the Lady Flames with 55 points, a new Liberty single-season points record. The Virginia native has netted 32 goals this season, while dishing a team-high and program record 23 assists.
Freshman standout Katy Pridemore leads the squad in goals scored with 41. Pridemore needs just one goal in tomorrow's contest to pass Sam Struss for the most goals scored in a single season, a record that was set by Struss' 41 goals a year ago. Pridemore also has 13 assists in her repertoire, for a point total of 54 on the season.
Liberty has four other players who have eclipsed the 20-goal mark this season. Struss enters the contest with 26 goals, while Kallie Britton, Nina Dunay and Michaela Rich each have 24 goals. The fantastic four have combined for 46 assists, 76 ground balls, 92 draw controls and 49 caused turnovers.
Juliann Elmer enters the regular season finale with a 7-9 record in goal for the Lady Flames. The junior goalkeeper leads the team in ground balls with 44. More impressive is the Maryland native's 184 saves this season, ranking first in the nation. Elmer needs just three more saves tomorrow to pass former standout, Kristen Masullo, for the most saves in a single season set back in 2011.
Previewing the Lancers Longwood enters the contest with a 5-11 mark on the season, including a record of 3-3 in Big South action. Most recently, the Lancers dropped a 15-6 decision at High Point on Sunday afternoon. Longwood has fallen in two consecutive contests with the other loss coming at home against Winthrop, 15-4, on Friday evening.
Katie McHugh paces the Lancers with 36 goals and 16 assists on the season. Sarah Butler falls in line right behind McHugh with 32 goals and 16 assists. Butler leads the team in draw controls with 37, while also picking up 25 ground balls this year.
Christian Acker has received all the decisions in goal for Longwood, as the senior goalkeeper is 5-11 with 130 saves. Acker leads the team in ground balls with 40.
Looking Ahead Following tomorrow's contest, the Lady Flames return home on Tuesday for the Big South Championship quarterfinals matchup at 4 p.m., with the opponent yet to be determined.
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