The No. 9 Liberty Lady Flames field hockey squad will take to the road this weekend for a pair of Northeastern opponents. The Lady Flames will square off against UMass Lowell tomorrow at 3:30 pm. in Lowell, Mass. Liberty will then get back on the field on Sunday with a noon matchup against the Providence Friars in Providence, R.I.
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. Tomorrow's live stats and live video will be provided by the UMass Lowell Athletics Communications department. The Providence Athletics Communications department will be the providers of live stats and video for Sunday's contest. You can also follow along on Twitter by tuning in to @LUGameday.
About Liberty The Lady Flames are 9-4, coming off a 4-3 setback against No. 5 Virginia in Lynchburg on Oct. 15. Liberty found itself in a 4-1 hole with 15 minutes remaining in regulation. The Lady Flames clawed back to within one with four minutes left following goals from Ashlee Krulock and Serena Barr. However, the Cavaliers clung to the one-goal lead until the final whistle. Barr also collected an assist in the loss, capping off a three-point outing for the junior defender.
Quick Facts: • The Lady Flames rank inside the NFHCA Top 20 for the seventh consecutive week, falling in line at No. 9 • Each of the Lady Flames' four losses have come to Top 20 ACC opponents with each loss being decided by one goal • Liberty has more than doubled its opponents in scoring, 53-26 for an average of 4.08 goals forced to 2.00 goals allowed per contest • Natalie Barr leads the team in both points (27) and goals (12) with Ashlee Krulock right behind for second on the squad (24 points & 11 goals) • Barr needs eight goals to break her own (and Sarah Gipe's) program record for most goals in a single season (19) • Mallory Cuccio continues to extend her program-best career saves total as the senior enters the weekend with 188 career saves
Scouting the River Hawks: The Lady Flames will square off against UMass Lowell tomorrow for the first time in program history. The River Hawks are currently 5-10 overall, having dropped nine consecutive decisions. The Lady Flames will be the third straight Top 20 opponent on the River Hawks' schedule, following losses against then No. 10 Albany on Friday (3-1) and then No. 19 Maine on Sunday (2-0). UMass Lowell has only scored 29 goals on the season, but its defense only allows 2.53 marks per contest, giving the team a chance in each game. Georgia Cowderoy, Christa Doiron and Torrie Huk have accounted for 16 of the 29 goals this season and each are tied as the team leader in points with 13.
Scouting Providence: Liberty will take on another first-time opponent in Providence on Sunday. The Friars are 3-2 in their last five contests after beginning the season 1-9. Most recently, Providence upended Temple by a score of 1-0 in a game that was decided in shootouts. The Friars have a chance to improve to 5-11 tomorrow with a Big East contest against the undefeated No. 2 UConn Huskies. Providence has seen similar statistics to the River Hawks, only scoring 24 goals per contest while allowing just 36. Adrienne Houle leads the team in both goals (6) and points (13).
What's next? Following this weekend's road trip, the Lady Flames will close out their regular season road schedule with a 7 p.m. showdown against current No. 3 North Carolina on Oct. 29. The Lady Flames met the Tar Heels twice last season with both decisions going in the favor of North Carolina, including Liberty's hard-fought 2-1 setback in the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament first round on Nov. 15, 2014 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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