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No. 12 Liberty Wins Big on Senior Day

November 7, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Doherty collected a program-best 10 points in Saturday's 12-0 victory over Appalachian State on Senior Day.
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The No. 12 Liberty field hockey squad set seven new program records against Appalachian State during Senior Day on Saturday at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

The Lady Flames bested the Mountaineers, 12-0, which set a program record for most goals scored in a contest. Liberty notched three more team records and seniors Hannah Doherty, Erin Dombach and Ashlee Krulock each set new individual career highs.

Eight of Liberty's 10 seniors recorded at least one point in the shutout victory, including Doherty who notched a personal-best four goals and collected 10 points which set a new program record for most points in a single contest.

Dombach and Krulock became the program's all-time leaders in games played with their 84 career games played, while Dombach becoming Liberty's all-time leader in career starts with 84.

Sarah Gipe began the scoring for Liberty in the eighth minute, quickly setting the tone for the rest of the contest for the Lady Flames. Natalie Barr found Gipe racing to the right side of the circle with the Pennsylvania native firing a shot to the left side of the frame. Gipe's strike found the back left corner to give Liberty the early 1-0 advantage.

Krulock then connected on her 12th goal of the season during the ninth minute, assisted by Doherty. Krulock's shot tipped off the stick of the goalie and bounced over the top to trickle into the back of the net.

Liberty went on to outscore the Mountaineers, 5-0, during the final 26 minutes of the opening stanza. Doherty's first mark came off an unassisted shot in the 14th minute. Krulock's shot banged off the post right to Doherty. The New Jersey native corralled the ball and buried her first of four goals on the day. The senior midfielder's second goal of the half came in the 28th minute when Doherty deked Cristina Ceppi to set up an empty net shot. Doherty maintained composure and found the back of the net for her third goal of the season.

The remaining three goals in the first stanza came from Gipe, Krulock and freshman Pippa Best.

Doherty notched the first goal of the second half for the red and blue, solidifying her first career hat trick for the Lady Flames. Doherty's goal was set up by Krulock in the 38th minute of the competition. 

In the 43rd minute of the contest, Doherty extended the lead to 9-0 with her record-tying fourth goal of the game. Just like her third goal, Doherty was set up by Krulock for the redirecting goal.

The record-tying 10th goal of the contest came from senior forward, Erin Bartley. Bartley netted her first career goal in her final home contest in the 46th minute. The Virginia native collected the ball on the short corner and rifled a shot towards the frame. Ceppi slid to make a save but the ball ricocheted off the pads of the goalie and into the back of the net.

The record-setting 11th goal came from the stick of senior forward, Morgan Mummau. Fellow senior, Hannah Goldsborough, set Mummau up with her first goal of the season.

The final goal of the contest came from Krulock, capitalizing on the hat trick attempt. Krulock's 14th goal of the season was set up by Doherty to give Doherty her 10th point of the contest.

Mallory Cuccio earned the win in the net for the Lady Flames, improving to 12-6 on the campaign. Monica Hernick saw 27:13 of action during the contest, recording three saves.

For the contest, Liberty outshot Appalachian State by a total count of 44-3. Liberty's 44 shots set a new program record for shots in a single contest.

The Lady Flames also owned a 5-1 advantage on attacking penalty corners.

With its regular season now finished, Liberty will await a possible selection into the 2015 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament. The tournament field will be announced during the selection show will begin on Sunday at 10 p.m. on NCAA.com.