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Lady Flames Set to Host Pair of Games at Liberty Lacrosse Field, This Weekend

March 21, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty (7-2, 1-0 ASUN) will take on Old Dominion and Stetson, this weekend.

Liberty (7-2, 1-0 ASUN) will take on Old Dominion and Stetson, this weekend.

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The Liberty women's lacrosse team, off to its best start in program history, will host a pair of games against Old Dominion and Stetson this weekend.

The Lady Flames (7-2, 1-0 ASUN) will first host the ODU Monarchs (3-8, 0-0 BIG EAST) in non-conference play, Friday at 3 p.m. Liberty will then take on the Stetson Hatters (0-6, 0-0 ASUN) in what will be the Lady Flames' first-ever ASUN home contest on Sunday at noon at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

Liberty is entering the weekend with a three-match winning streak and a program-best 7-2 mark through nine games. The Lady Flames claimed a 16-12 victory last Saturday at Kennesaw State in their inaugural ASUN Conference contest. In that game, Liberty had 24 caused turnovers, the second most in a single game by any Division I team in 2019.

Liberty is 2-2 on its home turf in 2019 and 9-2 at home over the past two seasons.

Old Dominion picked up a pair of victories last weekend at home against East Carolina (15-8 on Friday) and Longwood (11-9 on Sunday). The Monarchs are 0-5 away from their home turf at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex, this year.

Stetson is still in search of its first victory of the season. The Hatters fell 19-13 to Bryant at home, last Sunday.

Friday's game between Liberty and ODU will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two programs. The Lady Flames topped the Monarchs 14-12 last season (Feb. 28, 2018) for their first victory in the series. Liberty and Stetson will be meeting for the second time. The Lady Flames defeated Stetson 16-3 in their season opener on Feb. 10, 2013 in DeLand, Fla.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Both contests will be carried live on ESPN+ (a subscription is required). Additionally, Liberty Athletics Communications will feature live stats for both games as well. Find the links for the live video streams and live stats on the schedule page of www.LibertyFlames.com/womenslacrosse.

For live in-game updates from the matches, follow @libertywlax on Twitter. Also, be sure to follow "libertywlax" on Instagram for updates from the Liberty Lacrosse Field.  

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • On Tuesday, Lady Flames senior Brianna McCaffrey was honored as the ASUN Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. The captain had six ground balls, five caused turnovers and three goals in Liberty's victory at Kennesaw State, last Saturday. She is now the first three-time ASUN Lacrosse weekly honors recipient, this season.
  • Liberty has now received seven of the 12 ASUN weekly awards through the first six weeks of the year.
  • The Lady Flames are the top team in the nation in caused turnovers per game (17.11) this season. Liberty also led the country in the category in 2018, averaging 14.28 per game. McCaffrey leads the team and is second in the country in caused turnovers per game (3.56). Junior defender Sarah Steenson ranks 23rd in the nation at 2.11 caused turnovers per game and has four caused turnovers in three straight contests.
  • As a team, Liberty leads the ASUN in caused turnovers per game (17.11), ground balls per game (23.00, No. 11 in nation), scoring defense (8.33, No. 8 in nation), winning percentage (.778, No. 16 in nation) and save percentage (.490, No. 25 in nation).
  • Junior captain Carly White is enjoying a career year. She leads the team in goals (22), assists (14), points (36) and ground balls (32) through nine games and also ranks eighth in the country in free-position percentage (.778). The midfielder is only eight goals and six points away from matching her 2018 totals (28 goals, 42 points) and has already equaled her career-best mark for assists in a season (14).
  • Senior Kayla Foster recorded her 200th career point on a first half goal, last Saturday at Kennesaw State. The Sewickley, Pa., native now has 202 career points, which is the 17th most of any active Division I women's lacrosse player.
  • Goalkeeper Katherine Widrick is 7-2 on the year with an 8.39 goals-against average (No. 7 in nation) and .490 save percentage (No. 27 in nation). She picked up her 20th career victory last Saturday and now stands alone as the program's all-time wins leader.
  • The Lady Flames have made life difficult for opposing teams on clearing opportunities, allowing successful clears only 64.1 percent (123-of-192) of the time. Liberty has converted 73.9 percent (130-of-176) of its clearing chances.
  • Liberty has been selected to finish third in the ASUN. Stetson was picked to finish fifth in the league, and ODU was tabbed to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Conference.
  • In the Lady Flames' final season in the Big South last year, they defeated Presbyterian 21-5 in their home conference opener (March 31, 2018).