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Field Hockey Squares off Against Ranked Opponents, This Weekend

September 24, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Field Hockey Squares off Against Ranked Opponents, This Weekend

The No. 13 Liberty Lady Flames field hockey squad will compete against two Top 20 opponents this weekend. Liberty travels to Norfolk, Va., tomorrow for a road matchup against No. 15 Old Dominion at 6 p.m. The Lady Flames will then return to Lynchburg on Sunday to welcome No. 11 Boston College to the Hill City at 1 p.m.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats and live video will be available for both contests by clicking on the appropriate links on the field hockey schedule/results panel of LibertyFlames.com. The live stats and live video for Friday's contest will be provided by the Old Dominion Athletics Communications department. There will be a nominal fee for Friday's live video. The live stats and live video for Sunday's contest will be provided by StatBroadcast and LFSN, respectively.

About Liberty
The Lady Flames are 5-2 heading into the weekend, having most recently dropped a tough 2-1 road decision at then No. 8 Wake Forest on Sunday. Liberty continued to push the Demon Deacons' defense in the final five minutes of play, forcing two penalty corners. The Lady Flames capitalized on one with Ashlee Krulock's sixth goal of the season. However, the late rally was not enough as Liberty fell just short of the upset.

Quick Facts:
• The Lady Flames rank inside the top 10 in the nation in four major categories, including goals per game (4.00) and points per game (10.29).
• Liberty has displayed its offensive power, outscoring opponents 28-13 in the first seven contests.
Natalie Barr and Ashlee Krulock rank No. 23 in the nation in goals per game with 0.86 apiece.
• The Lady Flames are positioned in the Top 20 for the third consecutive week, maintaining their No. 13 ranking from a week ago.
• Krulock leads the team in points with 14 (6g & 2a) and ranks No. 25 in the nation in points per game with 2.00.
• Senior goalkeeper Mallory Cuccio leads the program with 30 career wins and needs 16 saves to surpass Ann Jefferis for the most saves in program history.
• The Lady Flames welcome Boston College to Liberty Field Hockey Field where the red and blue are 4-0 this season and 22-4 since the beginning of 2013.

Lady Flames against the Lady Monarchs
Liberty will square off against Old Dominion for just the second time in program history. The Lady Flames are looking to avenge a tough 2-1 home setback to then No. 9 Old Dominion on Sept. 7, 2014.
Scouting Old Dominion: The No. 15 Lady Monarchs enter the weekend with a 5-2 record, having most recently dropped a 3-1 road decision against then No. 7 Duke in Durham, N.C. Old Dominion is 3-1 against Top 20 opponents this year with wins against then No. 7 Penn State (2-1), then No. 19 Michigan State (4-3) and then No. 8 Wake Forest (3-2 (OT)). Liberty will have its hands full with senior midfielder Sarah Breen, who ranks fifth in the nation in goals per game with 1.14.

Lady Flames against the Eagles
Liberty welcomes Boston College to the Hill City on Sunday for the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Scouting Boston College: The Eagles enter the weekend as the No. 11 squad in this week's NFHCA Top 20 Coaches Poll. Boston College is 5-3, having dropped three of its last five matches with losses coming against then No. 10 Northwestern (3-1), No. 1 Connecticut (2-1) and No. 2 Syracuse (3-2). It does not get any easier for the Eagles as they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., tomorrow to take on No. 3 North Carolina at 4 p.m. Boston College is outscoring its opponents 22-12, with Emily McCoy and Kelcie Hromisin leading the way with four goals apiece.

What's next?
Following this weekend's contests, Liberty will take to the road for three consecutive outings. On Oct. 4 the Lady Flames travel to Philadelphia, Pa., squaring off against Temple at 1 p.m. On Oct. 9 Liberty will make the trek back to the Keystone State for a matchup against Lehigh at 6 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa. The Lady Flames close out the road swing with a familiar opponent in Delaware on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. in Newark, Del.