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No. 20 Liberty Flames Set for Pair of Home Games Against Richmond and Lafayette

September 5, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty (1-0) will take on Richmond (1-1) and Lafayette (1-1), this weekend.

Liberty (1-0) will take on Richmond (1-1) and Lafayette (1-1), this weekend.

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The Liberty Flames field hockey squad will take on Richmond and Lafayette in a pair of home games, this weekend.

 The 20th-ranked Lady Flames (1-0) will square off with the Richmond Spiders (1-1), Friday at 3 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. Liberty will host the Lafayette Leopards (1-1) on Sunday at noon. Both games will be carried on ESPN+.

Liberty is coming off a 5-1 season-opening win over James Madison, last Sunday. Five different players scored in the victory over the Dukes, including: Jill Bolton, Alivia Klopp, Daniella Rhodes, Mallory Fortenbaugh and Lizzie Hamlett.

Richmond split its pair of contests on opening weekend, losing to No. 2 Maryland (5-1 final) and defeating American (3-2 final). Lafayette also went 1-1 over its first two matches. The Leopards topped VCU 2-1 last Friday before falling to No. 18 Syracuse by a 3-2 count in double overtime, Monday.  Lafayette will play a neutral-site game against Appalachian State at the Liberty Field Hockey Field, Friday evening, prior to taking on Liberty on Sunday.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty is 2-0 all-time against Richmond. The Lady Flames topped the Spiders 7-1 in the last meeting, Sept. 8, 2015, in Lynchburg.
  • Liberty has won two of three matchups against Lafayette, including a 3-1 road triumph over the Leopards on Sept. 23, 2018, in Easton, Pa.
  • Lady Flames freshman Daniella Rhodes earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. Rhodes recorded a team-best four points (1 g, 2 a) in Liberty's first game and was featured on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays, Sunday evening.
  • In order to align with International Hockey Federation (FIH) format, the NCAA has made its regulation matches consisting of four 15-minute quarters starting this season. Up until this year, NCAA field hockey contests were made up of two 35-minute halves.
  • Liberty featured three players on the preseason All-BIG EAST team: junior defender/midfielder Ashley Dykema (preseason Defensive Player of the Year, All-BIG EAST team), junior forward/midfielder Jill Bolton (All-BIG EAST team) and senior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer (All-BIG EAST team).
  • Bolton recorded her 20th career goal and 50th career point in the season opener against JMU. The junior from Souderton, Pa., is tied for seventh in program history in goals (20) and eighth in points (50). Schaefer picked up her 30th career win in goal, while Dykema spearheaded a Liberty defense which only yielded four shots to the Dukes in the season opener
  • The Lady Flames were selected to finish second in the BIG EAST behind No. 4 Connecticut. Liberty, in its fourth year in the league, is in search of its first BIG EAST title after taking second each of the last three seasons.
  • Liberty will face six opponents who are nationally ranked in the preseason poll: defending national champion No. 1 North Carolina (Oct. 20, away), No. 3 Duke (Nov. 3, home), No. 4 Connecticut (Oct. 26, home), No. 6 Harvard (Oct. 6, away), No. 10 Wake Forest (Sept. 22, away) and No. 11 Virginia (Oct. 28, away).
  • The Lady Flames are ranked No. 20 in the Division I Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Coaches Poll, which was released on Aug. 27. There is no poll this week, but the next national poll will be announced next Tuesday.