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Moroni, Schaefer Named BIG EAST Offensive, Defensive Players of the Week

August 28, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Moroni (left) and Schaefer (right) garnered recognition from the BIG EAST Conference on Tuesday morning.

Moroni (left) and Schaefer (right) garnered recognition from the BIG EAST Conference on Tuesday morning.

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Liberty field hockey senior Agueda Moroni and junior Allison Schaefer have been selected as the BIG EAST Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, announced by the league on Tuesday in its weekly awards.

Moroni, the preseason BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year, is receiving offensive player of the week honors for the third time in her career. The native of Cordoba, Argentina led all BIG EAST players with 11 points on four goals and three assists on the opening weekend of play.

The midfielder/forward scored three goals and added two assists in Liberty's convincing 6-1 triumph at No. 17 James Madison, last Friday night. With her hat trick, she became the first player in program history to score three goals in a game on three different occasions during her career.

On Sunday at Duke, Moroni scored a second half goal and assisted on a second half marker from freshman Lizzie Hamlett, helping the Lady Flames erase a two-goal deficit and force overtime against the third-ranked Blue Devils. For her career, Moroni is now fourth in program history with 33 goals in just 39 career matches and sixth in school history with 80 points.

Schaefer is the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career. She posted 15 saves, a .750 save percentage, 2.46 goals-against-average and 1-1 mark last week against a pair of ranked foes. The junior picked up her first win of the year in Liberty's season opener at No. 17 JMU, making four saves while holding the Dukes scoreless until the final minute of the contest.

Schaefer followed up her first victory of the season with an 11-save game at No. 3 Duke on Sunday afternoon, her fifth career match of 10 or more saves.

Moroni, Schaefer and the 23rd-ranked Lady Flames (1-1) will head to the state of Ohio for two contests this upcoming weekend. On Friday, Liberty will face the Kent State Golden Flashes (0-2), followed by a Sunday tilt at the Ohio Bobcats (0-2).