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Liberty Field Hockey Closes Regular Season Against Temple and No. 6 UNC

October 26, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Field Hockey Closes Regular Season Against Temple and No. 6 UNC

Week 10 Field Hockey Notes

The Liberty field hockey team wraps up regular-season competition with a road match at Temple on Friday and a home contest against No. 6 North Carolina, Sunday.

The Lady Flames (6-9, 4-2 BIG EAST) will take on the Temple Owls at 5 p.m. at Howarth Field in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday. A victory over the Owls would give Liberty the No. 2 seed for the 2017 BIG EAST Championship, hosted by Providence (Nov. 3-5). Liberty has already qualified for the four-team championship and its seed will be determined by the outcome of Friday's match, as well as the results of other matches around the league on Friday.

On Sunday, Liberty will host the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels (12-4, 3-3 ACC) at 1 p.m. Sunday is the final regular-season contest for the Lady Flames prior to the BIG EAST Championship. The Tar Heels are the eighth ranked opponent Liberty will face, this season.

The Lady Flames split a pair of games, last weekend. They defeated Providence, 3-0, on Friday to seal up a spot in the conference tournament, before falling, 4-3, to No. 2 Duke in overtime on their home turf, Sunday on Senior Day.  

Temple dropped a pair of 1-0 decisions to Quinnipiac and Fairfield, last weekend, and is looking to snap a four-game losing skid. North Carolina fell, 3-2, in its only contest last weekend against No. 2 Duke.

Series History
Liberty is 2-1 in the all-time series against Temple and 0-4 against North Carolina.

In the Lady Flames' last meeting with Temple (Oct. 28, 2016), Agueda Moroni recorded a hat trick in the first 16:17 of the match, leading Liberty to a 7-0 victory on its home turf. Moroni's hat trick was the fastest hat trick in program history.

Liberty lost, 5-1, to No. 4 North Carolina (Oct. 23, 2016), a season ago. Moroni scored the lone goal for the Lady Flames in that game.

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

The Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN) will be carrying a live stream of Sunday's game against North Carolina. Live statistics for the final home match will be provided by Liberty Athletics Communications. Find both link 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 both matches.  

BIG EAST Breakdown
UConn, the No. 1 team in the country, is 15-0 overall and leads the BIG EAST with a 6-0 mark. The Huskies will be the No. 1 seed for the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship. Liberty (4-2), Providence (4-2) and Old Dominion (4-2) share second place, but the Lady Flames would lock up the No. 2 seed with a win over Temple. Liberty has victories over both Providence and Old Dominion, this season.

Quinnipiac (3-3) holds fifth place, while Villanova (2-4), Georgetown (1-5) and Temple (0-6) round out the league standings.

The top four teams in the final conference standings will qualify for the 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship, which will be contested at Providence, Nov. 3-5.

Bolton, Moroni Collect BIG EAST Honors
Liberty freshman Jill Bolton was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, Monday by the conference office. The Souderton, Pa., native scored two goals and tallied an assist in a pair of games, last week.

Lady Flames sophomore Agueda Moroni garnered inclusion on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the fourth time this season on Monday. She notched two goals and added an assist in two games, last week.

Schaefer Ties Record for Saves
In Sunday's contest against Duke, sophomore goalkeeper Allison Schaefer tallied four saves to tie the all-time program mark of 206. Schaefer and former Lady Flame Mallory Cuccio (2012-15) now share the record with 206 saves, and Schaefer's next save will allow her to surpass Cuccio for the No. 1 spot in school history.

Schaefer has three shutouts, this season, all coming in BIG EAST play (Villanova, Georgetown and Providence).

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Agueda Moroni is among the nation's leaders in goals per game (No. 8, 1.00) and points per game (No. 11, 2.29). She leads the Lady Flames in goals (14) and points (33) while sharing the team lead in assists (5) with freshman Jill Bolton.
  • Liberty is No. 23 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI, up five spots from a week ago.
  • Allison Schaefer is 26th in the country in saves per game (5.57) and 26th in save percentage (.743).
  • Liberty's schedule thus far this season has been the sixth-hardest slate in the country. The Lady Flames' opponents have a combined 143-81 (.638) record.
  • The Lady Flames are third in the BIG EAST in goals-against-average (2.06).
  • Jill Bolton paces Liberty freshmen in goals (6), assists (5), points (17) and shots (34).
  • The Lady Flames hold a 4-4 record in front of their home crowd, compared to a 2-5 mark away from the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

 

Thoughts from the Players
"The team is very excited for our last two games in the regular season. Both are good preparation games for the tournament next week in Rhode Island."
Junior Forward/Defender Pippa Best

"We are really excited for the weekend. It gives us opportunities to play two talented teams and learn from them before the BIG EAST Tournament."
Freshman Forward/Midfielder Jordyn Keller

Scouting Temple
The Owls' biggest offensive threat is senior Rachael Mueller, who has six goals, four assists and 16 points in 16 games. Defensively, Temple is No. 2 in the country in defensive saves (11), led by three from Dani Batze (No. 16 in nation).

Temple has played two goalkeepers pretty evenly throughout the year. Chloe Johnson (3-4. 2.83 GAA, 52 SV) has seen 519:34 in the cage and owns a .712 save percentage, while Maddie Lillock (1-8, 3.23 GAA, 66 SV) has seen in 606:27 in net and holds a .702 save percentage. The Owls' goalkeeping unit is 14th in the country in saves per game (8.06).

The Owls are led by third-year head coach Marybeth Freeman, who has guided Temple to BIG EAST Tournament berths in both 2015 and 2016.

Scouting North Carolina
The Tar Heels are a deep and dangerous team, as 14 players have notched goals, this fall. They rank inside the top 10 in the NCAA in several categories, including: penalty corners per game (No. 6, 8.13), scoring margin (No. 7, 1.98), scoring average (No. 8, 3.22), goals per game (No. 8, 3.25), goals-against-average (No. 8, 1.24) and points per game (No. 9, 9.06).

UNC is paced by Ashley Hoffman (9 g, 5 a, 23 pts), while Gab Major (6 g, 10 a, 22 pts) and Eva van't Hoog (4 g, 10 a, 18 pts) are the team's top distributors. Goalkeeper Amanda Hendry (12-4, 1.22 GAA, 36 SV) will be in net for 37th-year head coach Karen Shelton. Shelton has guided the Tar Heels to 18 ACC titles and the program's sixth national championship in 2009.