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Liberty Set for Final Road Test

April 19, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Set for Final Road Test

The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team (3-12, 2-4 Big South) aims to build off Saturday's conference win with a second consecutive victory tomorrow at Radford. The Lady Flames will take on the Highlanders (1-12, 0-6 Big South) at 4 p.m. at Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium.

Live stats will be made available by the Radford Athletics Communications department. Fans can access live stats by clicking on the appropriate link on the lacrosse schedule/results panel. Fans can also follow live updates on Twitter by following @LUGameday.

Last Time Out
The Lady Flames earned a 16-10 victory over conference foe Gardner-Webb on Saturday in Lynchburg, Va. The victory snapped a two-game losing skid and bumped Liberty's conference record to 2-4.

The Lady Flames placed four players in the four-point category during the victory. Michaela Rich led the team in goals with four. Brianna McCaffrey and Callie Francis each netted three goals and dished out one assist. Freshman Hannah Pridemore chipped in two goals and two assists of her own. Aubrie Tarris garnered the win in goal for the Lady Flames, her first collegiate victory.

The Lady Flames controlled the pace early and did not let up, outshooting the Runnin' Bulldogs, 38-26. Liberty also won both the battles for the ground balls (22-19) and draw controls (16-12).

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 24 and second in points with 30. Francis has recorded the second most goals on the squad with 20 as well as the second most assists with nine. Francis also ranks third on the team in points with 29. The senior captains have combined for 45 ground balls, 32 draw controls and 26 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 (36) and assists (19). Foster's 19 assists ranks fourth most in a single season in program history. The Pennsylvania native has also added 17 goals to her points total this season.

Sister Act
Sisters Abby and Kallie Britton have accounted for 33 goals and seven assists thus far. Kallie leads the team in goals with 24, 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 18 goals, 31 points, 13 assists, 18 ground balls and 26 draw controls.

Defensive Efforts
The 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 111 of Liberty's 266 ground balls this season, to complement 74 of the Lady Flames' 147 caused turnovers. Ekert leads the squad in ground balls with 38, while Tickle ranks second with 27. Hammond ranks third among the quintet in ground balls with 18. Ekert also leads the defense in caused turnovers with 29. McNamara adds 14 caused turnovers, while Via and Tickle contribute 13 each.

A Glimpse at the Highlanders
Radford is 1-12 overall and 0-6 in conference play in its inaugural season. The Highlanders are on a nine-game losing skid since March 5 when they defeated Howard by the final of 19-8 in Radford, Va.

Radford is led offensively by Gracie Peterson and Emma Rogers. Peterson has accounted for a team-high 31 points on 23 goals and eight assists. Rogers ranks second on the team in points with 28, following 22 goals and six assists. Adrian Rius leads the Highlanders in goals scored with 24, while Callie Bonnel leads the team in assists with 10.

What's Next?
Following tomorrow's conference match, the Lady Flames will conclude their regular season on Saturday when they host Presbyterian at 1 p.m. The contest will serve as Senior Day for nine Liberty players.