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No. 2 Seed Liberty Set for Big South Quarterfinals

April 27, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The No. 2 seed Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse squad is set for its Big South Championship quarterfinals showdown against the No. 7 seed Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Liberty Lacrosse Field. The Lady Flames are hoping to bounce back, having dropped two consecutive contests to conclude the regular season.

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 StatBroadcast, 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 Runnin' Bulldogs    
Liberty and Gardner-Webb have squared off once this season already, with the Lady Flames downing the Runnin' Bulldogs, 23-4, in Boiling Springs, N.C. on April 10. Liberty owns the all-time series advantage, 1-0.

Previewing the Lady Flames
Liberty enters the Big South Championship as the No. 2 seed, the highest seeding in program history. The Lady Flames reached that mark after finishing the season with a 7-10 mark, including a 5-2 Big South record. Liberty features seven all-conference award winners, including leading goal scorers Morgan Becker and Katy Pridemore.

Co-captain, and at-large all-conference first team member, Morgan Becker leads the way for the Lady Flames with 60 points, a new Liberty single-season points record. The Virginia native has netted 34 goals this season, while dishing a team-high and program-record 26 assists.

Freshman standout Katy Pridemore leads the squad in goals scored with 45. Pridemore's 45 goals set a new single-season record for the most goals scored in program history. The Vero Beach, Fla., native was recently named to the all-conference second team.

Nina Dunay, Colleen Ekert, Sam Struss, Kallie Britton and Juliann Elmer round out the all-conference award winners for the Lady Flames. Dunay, Struss and Britton combined for 78 goals, 42 assists, 70 ground balls and 100 draw controls. Ekert led the way defensively for Liberty as the transfer junior scooped up 36 ground balls and forced 26 turnovers.

Elmer enters the Big South Championship with a 7-10 record in goal for the Lady Flames. The junior goalkeeper leads the team in ground balls with 49. More impressive is the Maryland native's 194 saves this season, ranking first in the nation. Elmer recently passed former standout goalie, Kristen Masullo for the most saves in a single season, a program record that had stood since 2011.

Previewing the Runnin' Bulldogs
Gardner-Webb enters the contest with a 1-15 record, including a conference mark of 1-6. The Runnin' Bulldogs are in their first season of action, having notched the program's first victory in the regular season finale, defeating Presbyterian by a score of 13-12 on Friday.

Gardner-Webb is led offensively by Amanda Steinmuller, who recorded 18 goals and three assists during the regular season.

All-conference second team honorees, Monique Martin and Alex Fusco, control the midfield for the Runnin' Bulldogs. The duo combined for 22 goals, 10 assists, 64 ground balls, 67 draw controls and 29 caused turnovers.

Raygan Hall has recorded a 1-13 mark this season in goal for Gardner-Webb. The freshman goalie has turned away 154 shots in her first season of action.

Looking Ahead
Following tomorrow's contest, the winner will advance to the Big South Championship semifinals to take on the winner of No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina and No. 6 seed Campbell in Rock Hill, S.C. The semifinal contest is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Friday evening.