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Three Goals from Moroni Lift No. 19 Liberty to Road Win at Lafayette

September 23, 2018  Easton, Pa.  RSS
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Moroni notched her fifth career three-goal game on Sunday.

Moroni notched her fifth career three-goal game on Sunday.

Fueled by senior Agueda Moroni's third three-goal effort of the season, the Lady Flames field hockey team topped Lafayette 3-1 on the road in non-conference action, Sunday at Rappolt Field.

Moroni scored in the second, 23rd and 45th minutes of the game, with the final tally giving her the fifth hat trick of her career. The standout senior now has 14 goals and 34 points in just eight games this season.

Liberty runs its record to 6-2 overall and has won a season-best three games in a row. Meanwhile, Lafayette falls to 2-7 on the season.

Scoring Summary
2' – LIBERTY – Agueda Moroni (Mallory Fortenbaugh, Kendra Jones) | Penalty Corner
23' – LIBERTY – Agueda Moroni (Kemy Meidane)
45' – LIBERTY – Agueda Moroni (unassisted)
70' – LAFAYETTE – Lisa van der Geest (Jenn DeLongis, Theresa Delahanty) | Penalty Corner

Goalkeepers
W: Allison Schaefer 6-2, seven saves
L: Sarah Park 2-7, 12 saves

Thoughts from Coach Parsley-Blocker
"I am very proud of the girls' effort to put together another solid performance from top to bottom. Lafayette is extremely well-coached, and I thought we did an excellent job to apply offensive pressure throughout the game."

Turning Point
With Liberty leading 1-0 in the middle of the first half, freshman Kemy Meidane drew the attention of the defense as she dribbled in towards the cage from the right side of the circle. Meidane sent a pass in front of the net to Moroni, who one-timed a shot into the lower right side of the goal at the 22:02 mark for a 2-0 Lady Flames edge.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Moroni scored four goals and added two assists for 10 points in a pair of wins this weekend. The Cordoba, Argentina, native's second goal of Sunday put her over the 100-point mark for her career, and she now has 103 career points (43 career goals).
  • Schaefer turned in a seven-save effort on Sunday, her second most in a match this year. The junior from Millersville, Pa., kept the Leopards off the scoreboard until they scored with no time remaining on a short corner. She had gone over 180 minutes spanning parts of three contests without surrendering a goal up until that point.
  • Moroni tallied 11 shots on the afternoon, the second-highest output of any Liberty player in a single game in program history.
  • With their assists on Moroni's penalty corner goal early in the contest, juniors Mallory Fortenbaugh and Kendra Jones now both have four assists on the year (tied for second most on team). Fortenbaugh has exactly four assists in each of her three seasons as a Lady Flame, giving her 12 career helpers.
  • The two teams combined for 36 shots in the contest, the most in any game Liberty has played in 2018. The Lady Flames held a 23-13 advantage in that category, with their 23 shots being a season high.  
  • Liberty has now scored three or more goals six times this season.
  • This was the third-ever meeting between the two squads. With the win, Liberty now owns a 2-1 edge in the series.
  • The Lady Flames are now 5-1 away from home this year. Their 6-2 start is the best to start to a season since 2015, when they also won six of their first eight contests.

Up Next
The Lady Flames will return to their home turf at the Liberty Field Hockey Field to face Temple (2-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) in a conference match on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 14 but was moved due to inclement weather related to Hurricane Florence.