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Field Hockey Takes on No. 18 Wake Forest on Senior Day, Sunday

October 29, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty's three seniors will be honored on Sunday prior to the start of the match against No. 18 Wake Forest.

Liberty's three seniors will be honored on Sunday prior to the start of the match against No. 18 Wake Forest.

The Liberty field hockey field hockey team closes out its regular season slate with a non-conference matchup against No. 18 Wake Forest, Sunday.

The match is set for a 1 p.m. start at the Liberty Field Hockey Field and will be the fifth-ever meeting between the two programs. Wake Forest holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series.

The Demon Deacons topped Liberty, 2-1, last year in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Lady Flames' victory in the series came on Sept. 19, 2014, a 2-1 win over Wake Forest in Lynchburg.

Liberty enters the contest with a 7-8 overall record and 5-2 mark in BIG EAST play. The Lady Flames defeated Temple, 7-0, on Friday to secure the No. 2 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament.

Wake Forest stands at 9-7 overall and 0-6 in ACC play. The Demon Deacons defeated Appalachian State, 9-1, on Friday evening.

Senior Day
Sunday is Senior Day for the Liberty field hockey program. Prior to the start of the match, the team will take time to honor its three seniors – Bethany Barr, Serena Barr and Carrie Logie.

During the trio's tenure, the Lady Flames earned two NorPac Conference Championships and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014. Additionally, these three seniors ushered in a new era for Liberty field hockey in the BIG EAST Conference. In its first year in the conference, Liberty qualified for the 2016 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship, to be played next Friday and Sunday in Philadelphia, Pa.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats for the match will be available by clicking the appropriate link on the field hockey schedule/results panel on LibertyFlames.com. There will be no live video stream of the contest.

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

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Agueda Moroni leads the Lady Flames with 10 goals this season. The freshman has eight goals in her last five contests, including three yesterday against Temple.
  • Serena Barr leads the team in points with 23. After a career-high six points on Friday against Temple, Barr now has six goals and 11 assists on the season.
  • With her six-point performance, Barr moved into a tie with Ashlee Krulock (2012-15) for third place all-time in program history in career points with 92.
  • Serena Barr and Bethany Barr both have 11 assists this season, just one assist shy of the program record for a single season (12), set by Bethany in 2013 as a freshman.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Allison Schaefer ranks second in program history in single-season saves and third in program history in career saves with 101.
  • Schaefer upped her save percentage on the season from .721 to .737 with an eight-save effort against Temple.
  • Sophomore midfielder Abby Julius will be playing against her sister, Wake Forest redshirt senior forward Madi Julius. Both players have five goals in 2016.
  • The Lady Flames hold a 109-63 advantage over their opponents in penalty corners drawn on the season.
  • Liberty has outscored its opponents, 45-36, this season and outscored its BIG EAST opponents, 31-12, this fall.
  • Four different Lady Flames have game-winning goals this season: Agueda Moroni (3), Kendra Jones (2), Bethany Barr (1) and Summer Parker (1).
  • Liberty is currently No. 28 in the latest NCAA Field Hockey RPI.
  • Wake Forest is the ninth nationally ranked opponent Liberty has faced in 2016.
  • Friday's attendance number of 546 was the second-largest crowd at a Liberty field hockey match this season. Entering the week, Liberty ranked eighth in the country in average home attendance.

Scouting Wake Forest 
Wake Forest checks in at No. 20 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI and has played eight ranked opponents this year.

The Demon Deacons are led offensively by freshman Nicola Pluta and sophomore Jule Grashoff. Pluta has 17 goals, six assists and 40 points, while Grashoff has 11 goals, eight assists and 30 points.

Madi Julius (5 g, 3 a, 13 pts) and Megan Anderson (0 g, 8 a, 8 pts) figure to play a role in the Wake Forest offense, as well.

Sophomore Cat O'Connor (8-6-0, 2.19 GAA) figures to take care of the goalkeeping duties.

Wake Forest is coached by Jennifer Averill, who is in her 25th season as head coach. Averill has a career record of 360-173-3 at Wake Forest.

A Look Ahead
Following Sunday's contest, the Lady Flames will begin preparing for the 2016 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship at Temple this upcoming Friday and Sunday.

Liberty is the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will face No. 3 seed Providence (13-5, 5-2 BIG EAST) in a semifinal matchup at 4 p.m. on Friday at Howarth Field at the Temple Sports Complex. No. 1 seed UConn (17-1, 7-0 BIG EAST) and No. 4 seed Temple (6-11, 3-4 BIG EAST) meet in the other semifinal matchup at 1 p.m.

The winner of both contests will square off in the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship Final at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

All games will be streamed live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.