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Best Playing with Northern Ireland U21 National Team

June 26, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Best Playing with Northern Ireland U21 National Team

Liberty's Pippa Best will represent her country this week when she begins competition with the Northern Ireland U21 Ulster team in a three-game series against Scotland.

The three-game set will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, at the National Hockey Stadium. The two teams will square off on three-consecutive days, starting on Tuesday.

"I am very excited for this opportunity to be playing for Ulster again," said Best, who previously was a member of Ulster's U16 and U18 teams.

"It is always an honor to be representing my province and there's nothing like some good competition against our neighbors."

Best, who hails from Lisburn, Northern Ireland, joins several other Lady Flames who have previously competed for the Northern Ireland U21 team.

Best's teammates Bethany, Natalie and Serena Barr have been members of the Northern Ireland U21 team. Bethany and Serena competed for the U21 squad during spring break, last year. The duo squared off against the U21 Scotland team, winning all three outings. Bethany netted a goal in the final game of the series.

Best is a rising sophomore on Liberty's 2016 roster. During her first season with the Lady Flames, the forward saw playing time in 17 of 18 games, netting goals against Temple and Appalachian State. She finished the year with 13 shots, including six on goal (46.2 percent).

Best helped the Lady Flames finish the 2015 season with a 12-6 record. Liberty knocked off two nationally ranked teams during the season and finished the year ranked No. 14 in the final NFHCA poll.

After competing during the 2015 season as an independent, Liberty will begin its first season as an affiliate member of the BIG EAST Conference in 2016.