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Liberty Field Hockey Prepared for Showdowns vs. Longwood and No. 6 Delaware

September 7, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty is set to face Longwood and No. 6 Delaware, this weekend.

Liberty is set to face Longwood and No. 6 Delaware, this weekend.

Week Three Field Hockey Notes

Liberty field hockey will play a pair of non-conference contests against Longwood and No. 6 Delaware, this weekend.

Liberty (0-2) will play at Longwood (4-0) on Friday at 5 p.m. at Burger Jackson Field in Farmville, Va., and then host defending national champion Delaware (3-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Lynchburg.

Liberty is in search of its first win of 2017, after early season setbacks to No. 19 JMU and No. 11 Michigan. Longwood will be looking to open its season at 5-0, following victories against Villanova, Towson, VCU and Dartmouth. Delaware owns victories over Indiana, Dartmouth and No. 8 Princeton, with its lone loss coming at No. 9 Louisville.

Series History
The Lady Flames are 4-3 all-time vs. Longwood and 1-1 vs. Delaware. Longwood edged Liberty, 4-3, in their most recent meeting, last season. Liberty bested Delaware, 6-3, on Oct. 11, 2015, in the two team's most recent meeting.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live statistics, courtesy of Longwood Athletics, will be available for Friday evening's contest. Find the live stats link on the field hockey schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

Live video and live stats will be provided for Sunday's match. Find both links on the field hockey schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

Also, be sure to follow Liberty Gameday on Twitter (@LUGameday) for live in-game updates from both contests.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Allison Schaefer currently has 138 saves, needing 69 more to surpass Mallory Cuccio (2012-15) for the all-time program career mark.
  • Sophomore midfielder Agueda Moroni leads the squad in goals (1), shots (7) and shots on goal (5) through two contests.
  • Liberty has been outshot, 34-16, so far this season, while opponents also hold an 11-9 edge in penalty corners.
  • Delaware is one of nine opponents ranked during the preseason that the Liberty field hockey squad will face in 2017.
  • The Lady Flames were picked to finish second in the BIG EAST behind defending league champion Connecticut. Liberty is looking for its first BIG EAST title, after winning NorPac Conference titles in 2013 and 2014.
  • Moroni and junior Abby Julius garnered individual recognition by being voted to the preseason All-BIG EAST team.

Thoughts from the Players

"There's no team on our schedule that we can take lightly, and Longwood is no exception. We have learned a lot from our first two games this season, and the areas in which we felt we were lacking have been our main focus for this week. We hope to improve on those things against both of our strong competitors this weekend."
Senior Captain Cassidy Bremner

"We are super excited to play Delaware this weekend! They are the reigning national champion, and it's our turn to show what we've got. We have been practicing a lot of attacking principles that will hopefully pay off on Sunday."
Senior Captain Alynn Richardson

Scouting Longwood
The Lancers have won three of their four games by one goal. They opened the season with a 2-1 overtime victory over Villanova on their home turf, Aug. 25. Longwood's other two one-goal victories, both 1-0 triumphs, came against Towson (Aug. 27) and VCU (Sept. 1).

Junior goalkeeper Katie Wyman is 4-0 with a 0.45 GAA (eighth best in nation) while posting a pair of shutouts. Junior forward Leonie Verstraete leads the team offensively with three goals, two assists, eight points and 21 shots. All three of Verstraete's goals have been game-winning goals. Longwood is outshooting its opponents, 60-26, through four contests.

Longwood is coached by 10th-year head coach Iain Byers, who has 85 victories at the helm of the Lancers.

Scouting Delaware
The Blue Hens, the defending national champion, will play a contest at Penn on Friday before making the trek down to Liberty. In the early stages of the season, Delaware owns lopsided victories over Indiana (7-0) and Dartmouth (9-1). The Blue Hens defeated No. 8 Princeton, 5-3, last Sunday at home. Their lone loss came at No. 9 Louisville, 3-1, on Aug. 27.

The Blue Hens already have a pair of players who have 12 or more points in senior forwards Taylor Lister (2 g, 9 a, 13 pts) and Greta Nauck (5 g, 2 a, 12 pts). Lister leads country in assists per game (2.25), while Delaware ranks No. 2 as a unit in the category (5.50). Delaware is also third and fourth in the country, respectively, in scoring average (5.50) and scoring margin (3.75).

Goalkeeping duties will likely be the responsibility of senior Emmaline Oltmans (2-1, 2.92 GAA, 1 shutout). Delaware is coached by seventh-year head coach Rolf Van de Kerkhof, who holds an 88-47 mark leading the Blue Hens.