Liberty will face Winthrop at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Rock Hill, S.C.
Liberty women's lacrosse will travel to Winthrop for its regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Eagle Field in Rock Hill, S.C.
Third place in the conference will be on the line. Liberty (5-11, 4-2 Big South) is tied for third in the Big South standings with Winthrop (7-9, 4-2 Big South). The winner of Saturday's contest will earn the No. 3 seed for the 2017 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship, while the loser will finish in the No. 4 slot.
The Lady Flames defeated Radford, 13-10, on Senior Night, Wednesday evening. Winthrop bested Gardner-Webb, 23-2, at home on Wednesday afternoon.
Series History The Eagles have taken four of the five all-time meetings from the Lady Flames. Winthrop claimed a 17-6 victory over Liberty the last time the two schools met on March 30, 2016 in Lynchburg.
How to Follow the Lady Flames Live stats for the contest, courtesy of Winthrop Athletics, will be available on the lacrosse schedule/results panel on LibertyFlames.com. Also, be sure to follow @LUGameday on Twitter for updates from Eagle Field.
Senior Night Recap The Liberty lacrosse program honored its seven seniors prior to the start of Wednesday night's contest against Radford. The senior class helped deliver a 13-10 Senior Night victory for the Lady Flames over the Highlanders.
Senior defenders Victoria Tickle (6 ct, 6 gb) and Melanie Via (2 ct, 4 gb) led the defensive unit to 25 caused turnovers and 40 ground balls, which were both the second-most in a single game in Liberty lacrosse history. Senior Courtney Brown scored three first-half goals, including the final two goals of the first half to put the Lady Flames ahead, 7-4, at intermission.
Liberty led 10-9 with 14:52 remaining before scoring three goals, two from Brianna McCaffrey, and one from Carly White, to put the game out of reach.
Other seniors and their statistics: Paige Britton: 1 goal, 3 ground balls, 1 draw control Ashlyn Altieri: 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover Eden Bayuk: 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover Casey Thate: 2 ground balls
2017 Big South Update Here's a look at the current conference standings:
Lady Flames News and Notes
Scouting Winthrop Three-time Big South Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week Nicole Beatson (46 g, 28 a) leads the conference with 74 points in 16 games (4.62/game). Beatson is seventh in the nation in points and ranks first in DI in free position percentage (.789). Katherine Judge (36 g), Katie Clark (31 g, 8 a) and Kristen Shriver (30 g, 24 a) all have 30 or more goals for the Eagles.
Judge has accounted for 81 draw controls, good for third-best in the Big South and 26th in the country in draw controls per game (5.06). She also checks in at No. 29 in the country in caused turnovers per game (1.94), pacing the squad with 31.
Goalkeeper Chloe Wormsley leads the squad with 44 ground balls (2.81/game, No. 42 in the nation). Wormsley has played every minute in net for Winthrop, going 7-9 with a 12.12 goals-against average, a .342 save percentage and 101 saves.
The Eagles won the Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship in both 2015 and 2016. Winthrop is led by first-year head coach Julika Blankenship.
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