The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team (2-12, 1-4 Big South) looks to win its second conference match of the season on Saturday. The Lady Flames will attempt to do so against Gardner-Webb (3-11, 1-5 Big South) at 1 p.m. at Liberty Lacrosse Field.
Live stats and live video will be made available by the Liberty Athletics Communications department. Fans can access live stats and live video by clicking on the appropriate links on the lacrosse schedule/results panel. Fans can also follow live updates on Twitter by following @LUGameday.
Last Time Out The Lady Flames were held to their lowest scoring contest of the season, tallying one goal in a 19-1 loss at High Point, yesterday. Liberty's lone goal came from freshman Hannah Pridemore, her seventh of the campaign. Liberty yielded 12 first-half goals as the Panthers ran away with the contest at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.
Same Name, Double the Trouble Senior captains Kallie Britton and Callie Francis continue to get things done on both ends of the field for the Lady Flames. Britton ranks first on the squad in goals scored with 23 and second in points with 27. Francis has recorded the second most goals on the squad with 17 as well as the second most assists with eight. Francis also ranks third on the team in points with 25. The senior captains have combined for 41 ground balls, 31 draw controls and 24 caused turnovers, this season.
Freshman Poise Kayla Foster continues to pace the Liberty offense in her first season of collegiate action. Foster leads the team in both points (33) and assists (17). Foster's 17 assists ranks fourth most in a single season in program history. The Pennsylvania native has also added 16 goals to her points total this season.
Sister Act Sisters Abby and Kallie Britton have accounted for 32 goals and five assists thus far. Kallie leads the team in goals with 23, while Abby ranks fifth on the team with nine. The Pridemore sisters, Katy and Hannah, have also aided the Lady Flames' offense this season. Katy and Hannah have accounted for 16 goals, 26 points, 10 assists, 18 ground balls and 19 draw controls.
Defensive Efforts The defensive core of Colleen Ekert, Meghan Hammond, Lindsey McNamara, Victoria Tickle and Melanie Via have anchored the Liberty defense this season. The quintet has combined for 103 of Liberty's 244 ground balls this season, to complement 71 of the Lady Flames' 136 caused turnovers. Ekert leads the squad in ground balls with 34, while Tickle ranks second with 25. Hammond ranks third among the quintet in ground balls with 18. Ekert also leads the defense in caused turnovers with 26. McNamara adds 14 caused turnovers, while Via and Tickle contribute 13 each.
The Running of the Bulldogs Gardner-Webb arrives into the Hill City on a four-game losing skid. Most recently, the Runnin' Bulldogs dropped a 19-7 decision against Winthrop, yesterday afternoon. The second-year program has improved on last year's results, winning two more contests than it did in its inaugural season.
The Runnin' Bulldogs are averaging 7.86 goals per contest, while surrendering 16.41 per outing. Alex Fusco leads the team in three major categories including goals with 29, assists with six, and points with 35. Cassidy McDowell sits in goal for Gardner-Webb, recording each decision this season. The sophomore keeper has collected 156 saves thus far.
Saturday's contest will serve as a bit of a homecoming for Gardner-Webb Head Coach Jillian Krick and assistant coach Sam Struss. Both coaches had standout playing careers with the Lady Flames, elevating the program to where it is today.
What's Next? Following Saturday's conference match, the Lady Flames will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Radford, Va., to take on the Radford Highlanders at 4 p.m. The contest will serve as the first-ever meeting between the two programs, as well as the regular season road finale for Liberty.
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