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Liberty Hosts Temple in BIG EAST Regular Season Finale, Friday

October 26, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty hosts Temple in BIG EAST play on Friday at 4 p.m.

Liberty hosts Temple in BIG EAST play on Friday at 4 p.m.

The Liberty field hockey field hockey team hosts BIG EAST opponent Temple in its conference regular season finale on Friday.

The match is set for a 4 p.m. start at the Liberty Field Hockey Field and will be the third-ever meeting between the two programs. Liberty defeated Temple, 3-2, in double overtime on Oct. 4, 2015.

Liberty enters the contest with a 6-8 overall record and 4-2 mark in BIG EAST play. The Lady Flames defeated Providence, 2-1, last Friday and fell to then-No. 4 North Carolina, 5-1, on Sunday.

Temple stands at 6-10 overall and 3-3 in BIG EAST action. The Owls defeated Quinnipiac, 3-2, last Friday at home.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
A live video stream, courtesy of the Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN), will be available for the match. Find the link on the schedule/results page on LibertyFlames.com.

Live stats for the match will be available by clicking the appropriate link on the field hockey schedule/results panel on LibertyFlames.com.

For those unable to attend the match, be sure to follow @LUGameDay on Twitter for live in-game updates.

BIG EAST Breakdown
The Lady Flames have officially clinched a spot in the 2016 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship. There are still numerous scenarios that can play out to determine seeding, but Liberty is in the four-team championship that will be held on Nov. 4 and 6 in Philadelphia, Pa. Temple will host the tournament at Howarth Field at the Temple Sports Complex.

Liberty will be the No. 2 seed in the tournament with a win over Temple on Friday. With a loss to Temple, the Lady Flames will be the No. 4 seed.

In its first year as an affiliate member of the BIG EAST, the Lady Flames are 4-2 in conference play. Liberty earned 5-1 and 6-1 victories over Villanova and Quinnipiac on Sept. 16 and Sept. 23, respectively, while defeating Georgetown, 8-0, on Oct. 8 and Providence, 2-1, last Friday night.

Liberty's two conference losses came to then-No. 14 Old Dominion, 2-1 in overtime, and then-No. 1 UConn, 7-2. In six BIG EAST games, the Lady Flames have outscored their opponents, 24-12.

Liberty freshman midfielder Agueda Moroni was named both the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and the Freshman of the Week on Monday by the league office. Moroni scored three goals in two matches last week.

Last Friday, Moroni scored two second-half goals to lead Liberty to a 2-1 win at Providence in BIG EAST play. Moroni delivered the equalizer in the 42nd minute and tallied the game-winner in the 54th minute. This past Sunday, Moroni scored a goal against No. 4 North Carolina.

Liberty players have made regular appearances in the BIG EAST Field Hockey Weekly Honors list. Lady Flames freshman forward Kendra Jones and freshman goalkeeper Allison Schaefer garnered recognition from the league office on Oct. 10. Jones was tabbed the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while Schaefer earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

Schaefer has also been selected BIG EAST Freshman of the Week and been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.

Both Bethany and Serena Barr garnered recognition on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Sept. 19, while junior Summer Parker most recently made the weekly honor roll on Sept. 26.

Here's what the BIG EAST Conference standings currently look like:

Team Overall Conference
No. 3 Connecticut 16-1 6-0
Liberty 6-8 4-2
Providence 12-5 4-2
Old Dominion 7-8 3-3
Temple 7-8 3-3
Quinnipiac 4-12 3-3
Villanova 4-13 1-5
Georgetown 5-11 0-6
 

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty is first in the BIG EAST in goals off corners (12) and second in scoring average (2.66) and assists per game (2.50).
  • Agueda Moroni leads the Lady Flames with seven goals this season. The freshman has five goals in her last four contests.
  • Mallory Fortenbaugh has three defensive saves, which is good for 19th-best in the country and tied for second-best in program history for a single season.
  • Serena Barr and Bethany Barr lead the team in points with 17 apiece. Both players have recorded four goals and nine assists.   
  • The Barr sisters are both ranked 22nd in the nation in assists per game (0.64).
  • Freshman goalkeeper Allison Schaefer ranks second in program history in single-season saves and third in program history in career saves with 93.
  • Schaefer checks in at 13th in the country in saves per game (6.64) and 26th in save percentage (.721).
  • The Lady Flames hold a 98-59 advantage over their opponents in penalty corners drawn on the season. They rank No. 22 in the country in penalty corners per game (7.00).
  • Liberty has outscored its opponents, 38-36, this season.
  • Four different Lady Flames have game-winning goals this season: Kendra Jones (2), Agueda Moroni (2), Bethany Barr and Summer Parker
  • Liberty is currently No. 28 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI.
  • Liberty ranks eighth in the country in average home attendance (411).

Scouting Temple

The Owls have faced five ranked opponents this season. In their most recent showdown with a top-20 opponent, Temple bested then-No. 13 Old Dominion, 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 7.

The Owls currently stand at No. 39 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI.

On the offensive end, the Owls are led by junior midfielder Rachael Mueller, who has a team-high nine goals and 18 points as well as three game-winning goals. Freshman midfielder Maddie Merton (6 g, 2 a, 14 pts), redshirt junior forward Sarah Keer (2 g, 6 a, 10 pts) and senior forward Katie Foran (4 g, 1 a, 9 pts) all pose viable threats on the attack.

Defensively, freshman Becky Gerhart is second in the nation in defensive saves with seven.

Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock (6-10-0, 3.03 GAA) has started all 16 games for Temple and has recorded 113 saves and one shutout. Lilliock averages 7.06 saves per game, which ranks 10th-most in the country.

The Owls are coached by Marybeth Freeman, who is in her second year at Temple. In her first year, Freeman guided the Owls to an appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament Final.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Flames wrap up regular season play on Sunday, as they host No. 18 Wake Forest at 1 p.m. Sunday is Senior Day for the Liberty field hockey program. The team will take time to honor its three seniors – Serena Barr, Bethany Barr and Carrie Logie – prior to the contest.