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2018 Women's Lacrosse Season Recap

June 18, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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With the 2018 Liberty women's lacrosse season wrapped up, LFSN's Alan York had a chance to catch up with Lady Flames head coach Kelly Nangle to recap the year.

Liberty enjoyed its most successful season in program history with a program-record 13 wins against just five losses on the year. The Lady Flames posted a program-best 6-1 mark in the Big South to finish as the runner-up in the regular-season standings.

Liberty closed the year at No. 38 in the NCAA Women's Lacrosse RPI out of 115 DI teams, their best ranking at season's end in school history.

 

2018 Season Highlights

  • Liberty finished No. 1 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (14.28). The Lady Flames also placed No. 2 in the nation in ground balls per game (23.78), No. 4 in shots per game (36.11), No. 9 in shots on goal per game (25.94), No. 16 in scoring defense (9.78), No. 16 in winning percentage (.722), No. 20 in scoring margin (3.67) and No. 23 in assists per game (6.22).
  • The Lady Flames matched a school record with seven Big South All-Conference selections in 2018: midfielder Brianna McCaffrey (first team), midfielder Carly White (first team), attacker Kayla Foster (second team), defender Lindsey McNamara (second team), midfielder Mia Toscano (second team), attacker Michaela Rich (honorable mention) and midfielder Hannah Quast (honorable mention).
  • Liberty was well-represented in the Big South Weekly Awards with 10 recipients (program record) of either offensive or defensive player of the week of freshman of the week honors. On April 24, the Lady Flames swept all three awards for the first time in program history. Kayla Foster was the Big South Offensive Player of the Week, while goalkeeper Katherine Widrick and Emily Browne received Big South Defensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week accolades, respectively.
  • The Lady Flames defeated six teams for the first time in program history, starting with their season-opening 14-7 triumph at Mercer, Feb. 10. They also picked up their first-ever win over a Power 5 program, Arizona State (15-5 win) on March 20 in Tempe, Ariz.
  • Perhaps Liberty's most thrilling victory of the year came on Senior Day (April 14) against Winthrop. The Lady Flames' Mia Toscano scored the game-winning goal with 3:31 left, and netminder Katherine Widrick made a game-saving stop in the closing seconds to preserve a 12-11 victory over the Eagles.
  • The Lady Flames adopted an honorary team member for the season, seven-year-old (now eight years old) Lola Danos of Lynchburg. Lola, who is battling lymphoma, attended Liberty's home game versus Presbyterian on March 31 with her family as well as its April 14 contest versus Winthrop. To view the inspiring feature story on Lola and the team, courtesy of WSET, click here. The story of Lola and the team was also prominent in the official 2018 Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship program.
  • Senior attacker Abby Britton's behind-the-back goal in the second half of the April 14 match against Winthrop garnered national attention. Britton's goal was featured as the No. 4 play on espnW's Top 10 Plays. The goal was also the No. 9 play on NCAA Lacrosse's Top 10 Plays.
  • Junior midfielder Brianna McCaffrey, a four-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week in 2018, closed the year fourth in the country in caused turnovers per game (2.72) and 20th in ground balls per game (2.94).
  • Junior attacker Kayla Foster set a program record with 10 assists in a 22-7 Liberty home win over Longwood, April 11. At the time, it was the most assists of any DI player in a game in the spring and ended up being the second most by a player in 2018. Foster, a native of Pennsylvania, led the squad with 65 points and finished No. 21 in the nation in assists per game (2.11) and No. 26 in total assists (38).
  • The program began its "Team 10" theme during the 2017-18 school year. These 10 core principles, each supplemented with a Bible verse, served as a guiding force for the team, this season. To view the LFSN Game On Feature on Team 10, click here