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Liberty Looks to Build on Home-Opening Victory

February 25, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Looks to Build on Home-Opening Victory

The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team will travel to Annapolis, Md., on Saturday. Liberty will square off against Navy at noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Live video, provided by the Patriot League, will be available by clicking on the appropriate link on the lacrosse schedule/results panel. There will also be live stats provided by the Navy Sports Information department. Fans can also follow live updates on Twitter by following @LUGameday.

Last Time Out
The Lady Flames earned their first victory of the 2016 season, yesterday. Liberty (1-2) bested VCU by a final score of 19-9 in the Lady Flames' home opener. On the offensive side of the field, Liberty was led by the Britton sisters, Abby and Kallie. The duo combined for eight goals, collecting four apiece. Katy Pridemore also picked up a hat trick, notching her first three goals of the season during the victory. The defense only surrendered 14 total shots, due in large part to the strong defensive core of Colleen Ekert, Meghan Hammond, Lindsay McNamara and Victoria Tickle. The quartet of defenders combined for 14 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. Freshmen goalkeepers Katherine Widrick and Aubrie Tarris split time in between the pipes for Liberty. Widrick earned the win, allowing four goals and recording two saves in the opening 30 minutes.

Same Name, Double the Trouble
Senior captains Kallie Britton and Callie Francis have jumped out of the gates quickly this season to carry the Lady Flames through the first three bouts. Britton leads the squad in goals with six, while Francis ranks second on the team in points with seven (four goals and three assists).

Experienced Newcomers
Kayla Foster and Brianna McCaffrey have stepped up in a tremendous way for the Liberty offense. Foster leads the team in both points (10) and assists (5). The Pennsylvania native also ranks second in goals with five. McCaffrey has collected one goal in each of the first three games for the Lady Flames. The freshman midfielder is boasting a shot on goal percentage of 1.000.

Hot Starts
Liberty has accounted for 34 goals in the first three contests, marking the most goals scored in the opening three outings in program history. Abby Britton and Katy Pridemore are off to fast starts through the first three contests. In 2015, Britton only collected one goal. However, the sophomore midfielder has already notched five this season. Pridemore sat out in the first contest at Virginia Tech but has made her impact felt in the previous two outings. The standout sophomore has accounted for three goals and three assists this season.

Defensive Wins Games
The defensive core of Ekert, Hammond, McNamara and Victoria Tickle have lived up to their potential. The quartet have combined for 40 of Liberty's 81 ground balls this season, to complement their 23 of the Lady Flames' 39 caused turnovers. Tickle leads the squad in ground balls with 14, while Ekert and Hammond each have 10. Ekert leads the defense in caused turnovers with eight, with McNamara and Tickle on her heels with seven each.

Respect the Navy
The Midshipmen are off to a strong 3-1 start, having only dropped an 18-9 decision to then No. 5 Duke on Feb. 12. Navy averages 12 goals per contest, while giving up 9.5 marks per game. The Midshipmen are top-heavy on their scoring chart, with four players accounting for 35 of their 48 goals. Jenna Collins leads the squad with 14 points (10 goals, 4 assists). Morgan Young rounds out the double-digit point leaders for Navy with 13 points on 11 goals and two assists. The Midshipmen have three members with nine points and two more players with five or more goals. Ingrid Boyum has received the call in goal in each of Navy's four outings. The sophomore goalie has collected 24 saves on 84 shots faced, only giving up 36 goals.

What's Next?
Following Saturday's showdown, the Lady Flames return to action on March 5 when they take on in-state opponent Old Dominion. Liberty squares off against the Lady Monarchs at 1 p.m. in Norfolk, Va.