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Liberty Geared Up for Weekend Matches Against ODU and No. 13 Wake Forest

September 28, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty field hockey will take on ODU in BIG EAST play on Friday and No. 13 Wake Forest in non-conference action, Sunday.

Liberty field hockey will take on ODU in BIG EAST play on Friday and No. 13 Wake Forest in non-conference action, Sunday.

Week Six Field Hockey Notes

Liberty field hockey will be in action this upcoming weekend, with a pair of games against Old Dominion and Wake Forest.

The Lady Flames (3-5, 1-1 BIG EAST) will host the Old Dominion Monarchs (4-5, 1-1 BIG EAST) on Friday at 4 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. Liberty will then travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on No. 13 Wake Forest (5-4, 2-1 ACC) on Sunday at Kentner Stadium, beginning at 1 p.m.

Liberty enters the weekend looking to snap a two-game losing skid. The Lady Flames dropped a pair of contests to Quinnipiac and Yale, last weekend.

ODU, who is tied for fourth with Liberty in the BIG EAST standings at 1-1, split its pair of games, last weekend. The Monarchs knocked off Georgetown, 6-2, in BIG EAST action, before falling to No. 2 Duke, 3-0.

Wake Forest has a pair of victories over No. 4 North Carolina and No. 6 Syracuse to its credit in ACC play. The Demon Deacons split their two games last weekend, losing 3-2 in a shootout to No. 16 Louisville and defeating Miami (Ohio), 4-1.

Series History
Liberty is 1-2 all-time against Old Dominion. The two teams met in BIG EAST action last September, a match won by ODU, 2-1, in overtime in Norfolk, Va. The Lady Flames defeated the Monarchs, 2-1, on Sept. 25, 2015.

Liberty has emerged victorious in just one of five all-time meetings against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons bested the Lady Flames, 3-1, last October in Lynchburg. Liberty's lone victory in the series came at the Liberty Field Hockey Field, 2-1, against then-No. 12 Wake Forest on Sept. 19, 2014.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
The Liberty Flames Sports Network will be carrying a live stream of Friday's match. Liberty Athletics Communications will be providing live statistics for the contest as well. Find links for both video and stats on the field hockey schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

For Sunday's contest, live statistics will be provided, courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics. Find the stats link on the 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.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Sophomore midfielder Agueda Moroni paces the squad in goals (7), points (16) shots (41) and shots on goal (20) through eight contests. Moroni earned inclusion on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll two of the last three weeks.
  • Moroni checks in at No. 14 in the country in goals per game (0.88) and No. 17 in points per game (2.00). She is second in the BIG EAST in goals per game and tied for second in points per game.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Allison Schaefer currently has 165 career saves, needing 42 more to surpass Mallory Cuccio (206 saves, 2012-15) for the all-time program mark for career saves. Schaefer made eight saves, her second-best output of 2017, against Yale, last Sunday.
  • Schaefer is 33rd in the country in both saves per game (5.13) and save percentage (.732) while ranking 37th in goals-against-average (1.84). Schaefer ranks second in the BIG EAST in both goals-against-average and save percentage.
  • Sophomore defender Mallory Fortenbaugh is No. 43 in DI in assists per game (0.50) and tied for sixth in the BIG EAST in the category.
  • Liberty has outshot its opponents, 108-101, this year while also holding a 43-39 edge in penalty corners drawn.

Thoughts from the Players
"This upcoming weekend is definitely going to be a good test for us. In the past, we have always had a good fight with both of these teams, and I'm excited to get out there and show how hard we've been working and that it pays off."
Senior Midfielder Summer Parker

"After a tough loss, I am always eager for the next game, so this weekend will give us two opportunities to be back on the field and to play some Liberty Field Hockey. This weekend, it is going to be very important for us to be able to let go of what happened in the past and go into these next games with excitement and intensity. If we come out and play united as a team and have confidence in our preparation, we will put ourselves in a really good position."
Sophomore Defender Mallory Fortenbaugh

Scouting Old Dominion
The Monarchs are paced offensively by Erin Huffman (6 g, 1 a, 13 pts), Alexa Ostoich (5 g, 2 a, 12 pts) and Danielle Greg (4 g, 3 a, 11 pts). ODU places 18th in the country in assists per game (2.22) and 29th in goals per game (2.44). The Monarchs have 20 assists on their 22 goals, this season.

Goalkeeper Kealsie Robles (4-5, 2.54 GAA, 56 SV) is No. 21 in the nation in saves per game (6.22). Old Dominion is coached by fifth-year head coach Andrew Griffiths. Griffiths guided the Monarchs to a BIG EAST title in his first year in charge of the program (2013).

Scouting Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons' biggest offensive threat is junior Jule Grashoff (8 g, 3 a, 19 pts). Grashoff is among the national leaders in goals per game (No. 8, 0.89) and points per game (No. 14, 2.11). Megan Anderson and Shannon Eby share the team lead in assists (4) for Wake Forest.

Sophomore goalkeeper Isla Bint (4-2, 2.33 GAA, 30 SV) will likely be in cage for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest has faced a demanding schedule, playing seven of their nine matches against ranked foes. Jennifer Averill is in her 27th season as head coach of the Demon Deacons, having won three national titles with Wake Forest (2002, 2003, 2004).