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Liberty to Travel to Connecticut to Face Quinnipiac and Yale

September 21, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty is set for a pair of road matches at Quinnipiac and Yale, this weekend.

Liberty is set for a pair of road matches at Quinnipiac and Yale, this weekend.

Week Five Field Hockey Notes

Fresh off a pair of dominating victories last weekend, the Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team will head to the state of Connecticut for a pair of road matches, Friday and Sunday.

On Friday, Liberty (3-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) will face BIG EAST foe Quinnipiac (2-6, 1-0 BIG EAST) at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Stadium in Hamden, Conn.

The Lady Flames will then play at Yale (3-2) on Sunday. Sunday's match will begin at 2 p.m at Johnson Field in New Haven, Conn.

Liberty is entering the week on a two-match winning streak, following convincing victories over Villanova and Kent State on its home turf. The Lady Flames shut out Villanova, 3-0, on Saturday before displaying their offensive firepower in a 7-2 drubbing of Kent State to close out the weekend.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats split a pair of games, last weekend, earning a 2-1 BIG EAST victory over Georgetown before falling to Monmouth. The Yale Bulldogs have won two of their last three contests but dropped their most recent game, a 4-0 setback at Michigan State, this past Sunday.

Series History
The Lady Flames and Bobcats, who were both in their inaugural seasons as members of the BIG EAST Conference in 2016, squared off on Sept. 23, 2016, in Lynchburg. Liberty defeated Quinnipiac, 6-1, as Abby Julius led the Lady Flames with two goals in the contest.

Liberty and Yale will be meeting for the first time, as the two schools have never faced each other in a field hockey match.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live statistics and video, courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics, will be available for Friday's contest. Find the links for live stats and the video stream on the field hockey schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

Yale Athletics will also be carrying both live stats and live video for Sunday's contest, which can be found on the Liberty field hockey schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

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

Unleashed in the BIG EAST
The Lady Flames have been picked second in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, behind 2016 league champion Connecticut. Liberty received one first-place vote. The Lady Flames have been picked to finish as the runner-up in the conference in each of the last two years.

Connecticut, who has moved up to No. 1 in the current national poll, received seven of the eight first-place votes.  Following UConn and Liberty is Old Dominion, Providence, Temple, Quinnipiac, Villanova and Georgetown round out the preseason coaches' poll.

Sophomore midfielder Agueda Moroni and junior midfielder Abby Julius both garnered inclusion on the preseason All-BIG EAST team.

Moroni is currently second in the BIG EAST in both goals per game (1.17) and points per game (2.67). Fellow sophomore Mallory Fortenbaugh ranks No. 4 in the conference in assists per game (0.67).

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Moroni leads the squad in goals (7), points (16) shots (32) and shots on goal (17) through four contests. Moroni earned inclusion on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll each of the last two weeks.
  • Moroni is fourth in the country in goals per game (1.17) and eighth in points per game (2.67).
  • The Lady Flames are No. 21 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Allison Schaefer currently has 155 career saves, needing 52 more to surpass Mallory Cuccio (206 saves, 2012-15) for the all-time program mark for career saves.
  • Schaefer stands at No. 29 in DI in saves per game (5.17) and 43rd in save percentage (.705)
  • Fortenbaugh garnered inclusion on Monday's BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time in her Liberty career after recording five points (1 g, 3 a), last weekend.
  • Freshman Jill Bolton has three goals and two assists in her last three contests. She leads all Liberty first-year players with nine points.
  • 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.

 

Thoughts from the Players
"I'm really proud of our two wins this past weekend, and the team is looking to carry that momentum through this next weekend of games in Connecticut. I am excited about my first goal, and I am eager to make some more!"
Graduate Student Forward Moniek van Aarle

"Last weekend's wins were great, and we are so excited about them. But it is a new weekend and, therefore, a new opportunity to improve on our performance. We want to have a consistent level of play for every game no matter which opponent we are facing, so this weekend is another chance to come out and play Liberty field hockey, and I think we are all stoked to do that!"
Sophomore Goalkeeper Allison Schaefer

Scouting Quinnipiac
The Bobcats' offensive attack is well-balanced, led by sophomore forward/midfielder Valerie Perkins (3 g, 1 a, 7 pts). Senior defender Lauren Belskie (2 g, 2 a, 6 pts) leads Quinnipiac in shots (15) and shots on goal (9).

Sophomore goalkeeper Livy Golini has logged 100 percent of the minutes in net for the Bobcats, posting a 2.88 goals-against-average and .671 save percentage. Golini ranks No. 25 in the country in saves per game (5.88). Ines Ruiz Martinez and Payton Mickey pace the squad with two defensive saves.

Quinnipiac is led by 23rd-year head coach Becca Main. Main has guided the Bobcats to three NCAA Field Hockey Championship appearances.

Scouting Yale
As a unit, the Bulldogs are 13th in DI in goals per game (3.00) and 18th in penalty corners per game (7.40). Senior Carol Middough (4 g, 1 a, 9 pts) paces the Yale attack. Sophomore Bridget Condie (3 g, 6 pts) and freshman Imogen Davies (1 g, 3 a, 5 pts) are also vital to the Bulldogs' offense.

Freshman goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (3-2, 2.40 GAA, 31 SV) will handle the goalkeeping duties for Yale. The first-year netminder is 19th in the country in saves per game (6.20) and 37th in save percentage (.721). Head coach Pam Stuper is in her 13th year as the head coach of the Bulldogs.