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2018 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship Preview

November 1, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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No. 2 seed Liberty is set to host the 2018 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship at the Liberty Field Hockey Field for the first time ever, this weekend. The Lady Flames (12-5, 6-1 BIG EAST) will begin their quest for a BIG EAST title on Friday at 4 p.m. against the No. 3 seed Providence Friars (11-7, 4-3 BIG EAST).

The winner of Friday's semifinal match between the Lady Flames and Friars will square off with either No. 1 seed UConn (16-3, 7-0 BIG EAST) or No. 4 seed Villanova (9-9, 4-3 BIG EAST) in Sunday's championship at 1 p.m. The Huskies and Wildcats will meet in the other semifinal, Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the 2018 Division I Field Hockey Championship.

Liberty finished the regular season with a program-best six BIG EAST wins against just one loss to earn the No. 2 seed for the tournament. The Lady Flames are ranked No. 15 in the latest national poll and listed No. 16 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI entering the weekend.

Liberty and Providence met last Friday night in each team's regular-season finale in Providence, R.I. The Lady Flames defeated the Friars 4-0 in that game to clinch the No. 2 seed for the championship.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
All BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship games will be streamed live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via Fox Sports Go. Download the Fox Sports Go app on your mobile device or tablet to watch the action. The matches may also be viewed on desktop or laptop computer at www.FOXSportsGo.com. Additionally, Liberty Athletics Communications will provide live stats (StatBroadcast) for each of the three tournament matches.

Also, be sure to follow Liberty Field Hockey on Twitter (@LibertyFH) and Instagram (libertyfieldhockey) for updates throughout the weekend.     

BIG EAST Championship History
Liberty holds a 2-2 all-time record in two BIG EAST Championship appearances (2016, 2017). The Lady Flames have defeated Providence (1-0 score on Nov. 4, 2016) and Old Dominion (3-1 score on Nov. 3, 2017) while losing UConn in the final in both 2016 and 2017.

Liberty is the No. 2 seed in the tournament for a third consecutive year.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • The Lady Flames featured four players on the All-BIG EAST team, announced yesterday: seniors Agueda Moroni (BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, first team), sophomores Jill Bolton (first team) and Ashley Dykema (first team) and senior Abby Julius (second team).
  • Liberty is 2-1 overall against the tournament field this season. The Lady Flames have defeated Providence and Villanova and have lost to UConn.
  • Liberty is No. 16 in the latest NCAA Field Hockey RPI. UConn is No. 5 in the RPI, while Providence is No. 32 and Villanova is No. 37.
  • As a team, Liberty enters postseason play ranked among the top 10 in the nation in four categories: goals per game (No. 7, 3.47), scoring average (No. 7, 3.43), points per game (No. 7, 9.82) and assists per game (No. 9, 2.88).
  • Lady Flames senior Agueda Moroni is No. 1 in the nation in goals per game (1.47), points per game (3.59) and total points (61) and tied for first in total goals (25). Moroni is also 12th in the country in assists per game (0.65).
  • Liberty has qualified for the BIG EAST tournament in each of its first three seasons as an affiliate member of the league.
  • The Lady Flames outscored their BIG EAST opponents 29-10 in seven games while recording shutouts in conference contests against two of the other three tournament teams (Villanova, Providence). 
  • Liberty's penalty corner defense has been outstanding throughout the 2018 season. The Lady Flames have surrendered only seven goals on 95 short corner attempts from their opponents.
  • Liberty has four wins over ranked foes this season: No. 17 James Madison (Aug. 24), No. 7 Virginia (Sept. 16), No. 22 Old Dominion (Oct. 5) and No. 11 Boston College (Oct. 21).