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No. 13 Liberty Wins 5-1 on Road at Quinnipiac, Friday

October 4, 2019  Hamden, Conn.   RSS
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No. 13 Liberty Wins 5-1 on Road at Quinnipiac, Friday

The 13th-ranked Liberty field hockey team used a barrage of first half goals to defeat the host Quinnipiac Bobcats 5-1 in BIG EAST action, Friday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Stadium.

Liberty continues its best start in program history with a 7-1 overall mark through its first eight games. The Lady Flames remain tied atop the BIG EAST standings, sharing the top spot with No. 3 UConn at 3-0. Quinnipiac falls to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Liberty sophomore Charlotte Vaanhold led the way with a pair of goals in the win. Daniella Rhodes, Maddie Hosler and Jill Bolton also scored in the game. Bolton added a pair of assists for a game-high and season-high four points.

Scoring Summary
13' – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (Jill Bolton)
23' – LIBERTY – Maddie Hosler (Alexis Paone)
25' – LIBERTY – Charlotte Vaanhold (Lizzie Hamlett)
27' – LIBERTY – Charlotte Vaanhold (Jill Bolton)
46' – QUINNIPIAC – Bianka Strube (Ines Ruiz Martinez and Alyssa Watson) | Penalty Corner
58' – LIBERTY – Jill Bolton (Mallory Fortenbaugh) | Penalty Corner

W: Allison Schaefer 7-1, two saves
L: Hedda Biermann-Ratjen 2-4, five saves

Turning Point
Liberty took control of the game in the late stages of the first quarter and dominated play in the second period. The Lady Flames' Daniella Rhodes scored on a feed from Bolton at the 12:54 mark, her team-best eighth goal of the season, to make it 1-0 Liberty.

The Lady Flames' dominant second period featured a trio of goals (Hosler and two from Vaanhold), with Liberty drawing seven of their season-high 12 penalty corners in the frame as well. Hosler's goal from the left side of the circle in the 23rd minute following a pass from Alexis Paone pushed the visitors' lead to 2-0.

Vaanhold's goals came at the 24:00 and 26:12 marks, respectively. Her first marker was a reverse shot into the right side through a crowded circle. Vaanhold's second goal of the day and third of the season came from in front of the cage, as she took a Bolton redirect and batted a backhand shot past Bobcats netminder Hedda Biermann-Ratjen. Vaanhold's second marker sent Liberty into the locker room with a 4-0 advantage. The Lady Flames outshot the Bobcats 15-1 in the opening 30 minutes.


Key Stats & Notes

  • The Lady Flames outshot the Bobcats 20-4 and reached the 20-shot mark for the fourth time this season. Bolton led all players with nine shots (five on goal) in the contest.
  • Liberty is now 3-1 all-time against the Bobcats. The Lady Flames have outscored the Bobcats 19-4 in those meetings.
  • Senior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer recorded her 36th career victory on Friday. She is now one win away from tying former Lady Flame Mallory Cuccio (37 wins, 2012-15) for the school record.
  • Bolton's fourth quarter goal was her sixth of the season and 25th of her career. The junior forward is one of seven Liberty players with 25 or more goals and the only current player with at least that many.
  • The Lady Flames have featured four or more different goal scorers in five of their seven triumphs, this season.
  • Quinnipiac will serve as the host for the 2019 BIG EAST Championship, which will take place in just over a month (Nov. 8-10). The top four teams at the end of BIG EAST regular season play will qualify for the tournament.


Up Next
Liberty will head to the Boston area for a Sunday non-conference showdown against the No. 19 Harvard Crimson (5-2). Game time between the Lady Flames and Crimson is set for 1 p.m. at Berylson Field in Cambridge, Mass.