As the calendar winds down to the final days of 2015, the Liberty Flames Sports Network is looking back at the moments that made this athletics year special for Flames Nation.
The series continues today by looking at Moment No. 5, field hockey cracking the top 10 in the national polls for the first time in program history on Oct. 13.
After entering the NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll early in September, Liberty's winning ways helped the Lady Flames slowly move up the national poll. Following a 9-3 start to the season, which included a 2-1 victory over No. 15 Old Dominion, the Lady Flames were ranked No. 8 in the national poll released on Oct. 13.
The Lady Flames spent 10 weeks during the 2015 season ranked among the top 20 programs in the country. Liberty was nationally ranked inside the top 10 teams for three consecutive weeks this season.
The Lady Flames finished the 2015 season ranked No. 2 in the country in points per game (12.00), goals per game (4.44), assists per game (3.11), scoring average (4.25) and scoring margin (2.18).
After starting its program in 2011, Liberty has continued to quickly rise to be a national power in field hockey, demonstrated by its top 10 rankings in 2015. The program's success will look to continue in 2016 when the Lady Flames play their first season as an affiliate member of the BIG EAST Conference.
The Liberty Flames Sports Network will continue to countdown the top moments of 2015 when LibertyFlames.com reveals moment No. 4 on Tuesday.
Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2015: No. 12 – Women's tennis sets program wins record with victory over Radford No. 11 – Softball's 10th inning victory over Coastal Carolina No. 10 – Consecutive 4-3 wins by men's tennis over Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian No. 9 – Baseball rallying for come-from-behind win over High Point on Senior Day No. 8 – Men's and women's track & field sweeps Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships titles No. 7 – Chris Turner's interception during the fourth quarter against Coastal Carolina No. 6 – Ednah Kurgat finishing 12th at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships No. 5 – Field hockey cracking the top 10 in the national polls for the first time in program history No. 4 – Revealed on Dec. 29 No. 3 – Revealed on Dec. 30 No. 2 – Revealed on Dec. 31 No. 1 – Revealed on Jan. 1
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