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
Goalkeepers 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.
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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.
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