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Lady Flames, No. 7 Tar Heels Slated for Noon Contest, Sunday

February 16, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames (1-0) will take on No. 7 UNC (0-1) on Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Flames (1-0) will take on No. 7 UNC (0-1) on Sunday afternoon.

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Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse is set for a bout at No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday at noon.

The contest will be played at North Carolina's 63,000-seat Kenan Stadium, home to Tar Heel football. Liberty enters Sunday's game with a 1-0 record following a 14-7 season-opening win at Mercer, who was picked to finish runner-up in the ASUN, last Saturday.

Meanwhile, North Carolina is 0-1 following a 15-14 double overtime loss at No. 16 James Madison, last weekend. The Tar Heels will play at defending Big South champion High Point on Friday prior to hosting the Lady Flames on Sunday.

The No. 7 Tar Heels are the highest-ranked opponent Liberty has faced since it hosted No. 6 Notre Dame on March 9, 2016. The Lady Flames and UNC will be meeting for the second time ever on Sunday. They first met in Liberty's season opener in 2012, a match won by No. 3 North Carolina in Lynchburg.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Sunday's contest will be streamed live on ESPN3. Live statistics, provided by North Carolina Athletic Communications, will be available for the contest. Find the link to live stats on the women's lacrosse schedule page on

For live in-game updates from the game, follow @libertywlax on Twitter. Also, be sure to follow "libertywlax" on Instagram for live look-ins and updates from Kenan Stadium throughout the afternoon.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty returns 76.4 percent of its scoring (156-of-203) from 2017. Brianna McCaffrey (40 goals) and Kayla Foster (32 goals) are the top returning goal scorers. McCaffrey (4 g) and Foster (2 g) combined for six goals in last Saturday's season-opening triumph at Mercer.
  • Six different Liberty players scored goals in the team's first game: McCaffrey (4), Hannah Quast (3), Jenna Joyal (2), Michaela Rich (2), Foster (2) and Abby Britton (1).
  • The Lady Flames finished third in the country in caused turnovers per game (12.47) and ground balls per game (23.42) in 2017. Liberty generated 15 caused turnovers and scooped up 28 ground balls in its first game of the season. The Lady Flames currently rank seventh and fifth in the nation, respectively, in those two categories.
  • Liberty won an impressive 17 draw controls against the Mercer Bears, which places them No. 5 in the national rankings on the young season. Foster paced all players with eight draw controls, tying a career high which she initially set last year (Feb. 12, 2017) in a win at Butler.
  • Liberty is also among the top 10 in the country in shots per game (38.00), save percentage (.588) and scoring defense (7.00). Lady Flames junior goalkeepers Aubrie Tarris combined to save 10 shots while yielding just seven goals against a Mercer Bears offense that ranked 13th in the nation in scoring offense (14.68), last spring.
  • The Lady Flames made life difficult for Mercer on clear attempts. The Bears converted just 51.4 percent (18-of-35) of their clears, down significantly from their average (.787) in 2017.
  • The Lady Flames are 0-3 all-time on Feb. 18 and will be seeking their first victory on the date. On Feb. 18 of last year, they fell to in-state foe Richmond, 18-7, in Lynchburg.
  • Liberty is looking for its first victory over a nationally-ranked foe in program history.
  • The Liberty women's lacrosse program is now 3-6 all-time in season openers following their victory over Mercer, last Saturday.

Scouting North Carolina
The Tar Heels, who won the national title in 2016, finished 2017 with a 17-3 mark before bowing out in the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament quarterfinals to Navy, an opponent Liberty faced earlier in the season.

In its first game of 2018 against James Madison (15-14 double OT loss), Marie McColl scored four times, and Katie Hoeg added three goals. McColl, a two-time first team All-America selection, also won eight draw controls against JMU. UNC was successful on free-position attempts against the JMU Dukes, converting 5-of-8 attempts.

Tar Heels head coach Jenny Levy, who has won a pair of national titles in her time at UNC (2013, 2016), utilized two goalkeepers, Elise Hennessey (7 GA, 3 SV) and Taylor Moreno (8 GA, 9 SV) in the team's first contest.