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Lady Flames Set for Pair of Road Bouts at Georgetown and No. 17 Maryland

October 5, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty field hockey will play at Georgetown and No. 17 Maryland, this weekend.

Liberty field hockey will play at Georgetown and No. 17 Maryland, this weekend.

Week Seven Field Hockey Notes

The Liberty field hockey squad will head to the nation's capital, this weekend for a pair of matches at Georgetown and No. 17 Maryland.

The Lady Flames (4-6, 2-1 BIG EAST) will first take on BIG EAST opponent Georgetown (7-5, 1-2 BIG EAST) on Friday at 2 p.m. at Cooper Field in Washington, D.C. Liberty will then head just north of the nation's capital to College Park, Md., for a non-conference contest on Sunday at 1 p.m. against No. 17 Maryland (6-5, 2-2 B1G) at the Maryland Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Series History
The Lady Flames are 4-0 all-time against the Georgetown Hoyas. In the last meeting, Liberty bested Georgetown, 8-0, on Oct. 8, 2016 in Lynchburg. Six different Lady Flames scored in the match, led by two goals apiece from Kendra Jones and Pippa Best.

Liberty and Maryland have never squared off in a field hockey match.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live video and statistics, courtesy of Georgetown Athletics, will be available for Friday's contest from Washington, D.C. Find the video and stats link on the field hockey schedule page on LibertyFlames.com. A subscription is required to watch the contest.

Live video and statistics, courtesy of Maryland Athletics, will be provided for Sunday's contest. Find links on the field hockey schedule page on LibertyFlames.com. For the live video stream, users must log in to btn2go.com with their cable providers.

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

BIG EAST Update
No. 1 Connecticut, who is 11-0 overall, leads the conference with a 3-0 mark. Liberty, Quinnipiac and Providence each hold 2-1 marks in league play to share second place. Georgetown (1-2), Old Dominion (1-2) and Villanova are tied for fifth place, while Temple (0-3) is still in search of its first BIG EAST victory of 2017.

Magnificent Moroni
Liberty sophomore midfielder Agueda Moroni was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, Monday by the league office.

On Wednesday, Moroni garnered national recognition, as she was tabbed the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Offensive Player of the Week.

The Argentina native tallied four goals, one assist and nine points, last weekend for the Lady Flames. Moroni notched her second career hat trick in last Friday's 3-1 BIG EAST triumph over Old Dominion in Lynchburg.

Moroni leads the team in both goals (11) and points (25). She is currently sixth in the nation in goals per game (1.10) and eighth in points per game (2.50).

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Moroni is second in the BIG EAST in goals per game (1.10) and third in the conference in points per game (2.50).
  • The Lady Flames are third in the league in goals per game (2.20), fourth in assists per game (2.00) and fourth in goals-against-average (1.97).
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Allison Schaefer currently has 175 career saves, needing 32 more to surpass Mallory Cuccio (206 saves, 2012-15) for the all-time program mark for career saves. Schaefer made a total of 10 saves in two matches, last weekend.
  • Schaefer is 33rd in the country in saves per game (5.10) and 40th in goals-against-average (1.97) while ranking 41st in save percentage (.718).
  • Sophomore forward Jenny Kurlej recorded her first career assist, last Sunday at No. 13 Wake Forest.
  • Liberty opponents have outshot the Lady Flames, 129-125, this year while also holding a slight edge (51-49) in penalty corners earned.
  • Liberty holds a 1-4 record on the road, compared to a 3-2 mark at home.

 

Thoughts from the Players
"I am stoked for our games this weekend against Georgetown and Maryland. We had a good week of practice, and I can't wait to see our work translate onto the field."
Sophomore Defender Annika Roberts

"We definitely gained confidence as a team from last weekend's games. Not only can we hang with the best teams in the country, but we are more than capable of beating these teams. I am looking forward to playing Georgetown and Maryland because we can continue to improve and prepare ourselves for the BIG EAST Championship game."
Freshman Midfielder Alexis Paone

Scouting Georgetown
The Hoyas, who play on a FieldTurf surface, Cooper Field, are led on the attack by Cami Osborne (9 g, 1 a, 19 pts). Georgetown's offense features six players with 10 or more points, also including: Ali Cronin (4 g, 6 a, 14 pts), Lindsay Getz (6 g, 12 pts), Nell Van Shaack (5 g, 1 a, 11 pts), Helena Masiello (3 g, 5 a, 11 pts) and Anna Farley (3 g, 5 a, 11 pts).

The Hoyas rank inside the top 10 in the nation in penalty corners per game (No. 3, 9.33), points per game (No. 8, 9.42), assists per game (No. 9, 3.08) and goals per game (No. 10, 3.17).

Junior goalkeeper Chloe Verwiel (7-5, 1.85 GAA, 59 SV) has enjoyed a successful season, thus far. The Hoyas are coached by fourth-year head coach Shannon Soares.

Scouting Maryland
Maryland, which lost its last two games by one-goal margins (3-2 to No. 14 Northwestern and 3-2 in 2 OT at No. 6 Michigan), is paced offensively by Lein Holsboer (7 g, 2 a, 16 pts). The Terrapins have a propensity for drawing penalty corners, ranking 14th in the country in the category at 7.45 per contest.

Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday (6-5, 1.45 GAA, 48 SV) will likely be between the pipes for the Terrapins and 30th-year head coach Missy Beharg. Beharg has guided Maryland to seven national titles in her tenure.

Seven of Maryland's 11 matches this season have been against ranked foes. The Terrapins are 2-5 in those games.