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Liberty, ECU Slated for Midweek Lacrosse Bout

February 20, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty (1-1) plays at East Carolina (1-2) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Liberty (1-1) plays at East Carolina (1-2) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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The Liberty women's lacrosse team will head to Greenville, N.C. for a midweek bout at East Carolina on Wednesday.

Wednesday contest is slated for a 4 p.m. start in Johnson Stadium in Greenville, N.C.

"We are excited to have a quick turnaround and have another chance to compete tomorrow at ECU," said Liberty head coach Kelly Nangle. "Sunday was a tough game, but our girls learned a lot and will gain a lot from that experience. We are prepared to take what we learned from Sunday into our ECU game and continue to improve throughout each game this season."

The Lady Flames (1-1) have split their first two games of the season. They defeated Mercer in their season opener on Feb. 10 and fell at No. 7 UNC, this past Sunday. The ECU Pirates (1-2) are coming off a 15-14 overtime victory at Gardner-Webb, Sunday, for their first win in program history.

Liberty and East Carolina have never faced each other, as East Carolina is a first-year program.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats, courtesy of East Carolina Athletics Communications, will be available for Wednesday's contest. In addition, a live video stream of the watch will be accessible for the match on ecupirates.com/watch. Find links for live stats and live scoring on the women's lacrosse schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

For live in-game updates from Johnson Stadium, follow @libertywlax on Twitter. Also, be sure to follow "libertywlax" on Instagram for live look-ins and updates from Greenville, N.C.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Junior Brianna McCaffrey paces the squad with four goals in the first two games. The Boca Raton, Fla., native also has four ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers.
  • Four Liberty players scored a goal in the Lady Flames' contest at No. 7 UNC this past Sunday: Carly White, Grace Fletcher, Abby Britton and Jenna Joyal. In total, eight different players have found the back of the net in the season's first two matches.
  • Junior Kayla Foster checks in at No. 39 in the nation in draw controls per game (5.50). The Pennsylvania native tied a career high with eight in the season opener at Mercer, Feb. 10.
  • Sophomore midfielder Hannah Quast ranks No. 51 in the country in free-position goals per game (1.00). The New Jersey native is tied for second on the squad in points (3).
  • Foster is the Lady Flames' active career points leader with 119, which places her fifth in school history. The program record for career points is 184, held by Morgan Becker (2012-15).  
  • The last time Liberty played a first-year program was last season against Butler. The Lady Flames defeated the Bulldogs, 16-9, in that contest (Feb. 12, 2017) in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Liberty is 1-0 all-time on Feb. 21. The Lady Flames defeated Elon, 13-9, in Lynchburg on Feb. 21, 2014.
  • The Lady Flames are currently second in the Big South in assists per game (4.50) and fourth in draw controls per game (12.50).

Scouting East Carolina
The Pirates are led by head coach Amanda Barnes, a former assistant coach at Duke. Barnes' team fell to Winthrop (17-9) and defeated Gardner-Webb (15-14 OT), last weekend. ECU opened the season with a setback to George Washington, 18-7, on Feb. 10.

Nicole Legar, Casey Sullivan and Megan Pallozzi share the team lead with six goals each through three games. Emma Bowman leads the team with four assists, while Pallozzi paces the squad with 13 draw controls.

Goalkeepers Abbey Smith (1-0, 12.44 GAA, 12 SV in 81:58) and Christina White (0-2, 19.00 GAA, 16 SV in 101:02) will both likely see time in cage for the Pirates.