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No. 23 Lady Flames Set to Face Golden Flashes, Bobcats on Road This Weekend

August 30, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will face Kent State and Ohio on the road, this weekend.

Liberty will face Kent State and Ohio on the road, this weekend.

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No. 23 Liberty will head to the state of Ohio for two road contests, this weekend. The Lady Flames will square off with Kent State on Friday afternoon, followed by a Sunday matinee at Ohio.

Liberty and Kent State will face each other at 1 p.m. on Friday at Murphy-Mellis Field in Kent, Ohio. Sunday's contest between the Lady Flames and Ohio Bobcats will commence at 1 p.m. at Pruitt Field in Athens, Ohio.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Kent State will be providing live stats (via SIDEARM Stats) and live video (via BoxCast.tv). Meanwhile, live stats will be available for Sunday's game, courtesy of Ohio Media Relations. Find links for live stats and live video on the field hockey schedule page on LibertyFlames.com/fieldhockey.

Also, be sure to follow Liberty Field Hockey on Twitter (@LibertyFH) for updates on both Friday and Sunday.

Series History
Liberty is 1-0 all-time against Kent State. The Lady Flames defeated the Golden Flashes, 7-2, in Lynchburg on Sept. 17, 2017, in what was the first-ever meeting between the two schools. In that contest, Jill Bolton and Agueda Moroni scored two goals apiece, while Abby Julius, Mallory Fortenbaugh and Alynn Richardson also entered the scoring column. Liberty scored five of its seven goals after intermission.

The Lady Flames are 2-0 in the all-time series with Ohio and last met in 2015, a 7-1 decision in favor of Liberty. In that match, Natalie Barr (2012-15) paced the Liberty attack with three goals. The only current Lady Flames who were on the roster for that contest were seniors Abby Julius and Lindsay Pratt.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty senior Agueda Moroni was named the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday morning by the NFHCA. Moroni, also the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, tallied 11 points (4 g, 3 a) in road games versus No. 17 James Madison and No. 3 Duke en route to being named the national offensive player of the week.
  • Moroni is currently No. 2 in the nation in points per game (5.50), No. 3 in goals per game (2.00) and No. 4 in assists per game (1.50).
  • Junior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer was tabbed the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week by the league office on Tuesday morning. The Pennsylvania native had 15 saves, a .750 save percentage, 2.46 goals-against-average and a 1-1 mark over the first weekend of play.
  • The Lady Flames' offense is near the top of the NCAA in numerous offensive categories: goals per game (third, 4.50), points per game (fourth, 13.00) assists per game (fifth, 4.00), scoring average (fifth, 4.43) and scoring margin (16th, 1.97).
  • Six different Liberty players found the back of the cage on opening weekend, including a trio of freshmen in Kemy Meidane, Alivia Klopp and Lizzie Hamlett. Meidane scored the Lady Flames' first goal of the season at No. 17 James Madison, while Klopp also scored in that contest. On Sunday, Hamlett's first career goal helped tie No. 23 Liberty with No. 3 Duke at 3-3 and force overtime.
  • The Lady Flames featured a league-best four players on the preseason All-BIG EAST team: sophomore defender Ashley Dykema (also preseason Defensive Player of the Year,), senior forward/midfielder Agueda Moroni (also preseason Co-Offensive Player of the Year) sophomore midfielder Jill Bolton and junior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer. Liberty's BIG EAST opener will at home on Sept. 14 versus the Temple Owls.
  • Liberty has already faced two ranked foes this season and will square off with six more in 2018. The Lady Flames will also face No. 7 Virginia (home, Sept. 16), No. 14 Wake Forest (home, Sept. 30), No. 2 North Carolina (home, Oct. 7), No. 11 Syracuse (neutral site, Oct. 14), No. 1 UConn (road, Oct. 18) and No. 13 Boston College (home, Oct. 21) down the road.