Annessa Jamison (right) and the Lady Flames are set to host Monmouth, Sunday afternoon. The opening draw between the Lady Flames and the Muhawks is slated for 1 p.m.
After garnering a season-opening 11-10 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Tuesday, the Liberty women's lacrosse team returns to action on Sunday versus Monmouth. The Lady Flames (1-0) are looking for their second straight win of the season, but standing in their way is a 2-1 Muhawks squad picked to finish third in the Northeast Conference (NEC) standings. The opening draw for the Sunday afternoon tilt is slated for 1 p.m. Scouting the Muhawks Monmouth enters this weekend's contest with a 2-1 record, posting wins against Columbia (9-8, Feb. 26) and Lafayette (14-5, March 2). The Muhawks' lone loss occurred in their season opener against Fairfield (11-6, Feb. 19). Coming off a three-game homestand, Monmouth visits the Hill City for its first road game of the season. Last year, the Muhawks concluded the 2010 campaign with a 9-9 record overall and a 7-2 posting in NEC action. This season, Monmouth is tabbed to finish third in the conference standings behind Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. Molly O'Brien and Rachel Feirstein lead the team in goals with eight apiece. O'Brien also paces the Muhawks in assists with three on the season. On the defensive end, Carissa Franzi is the team's leader in groundballs (10) and caused turnovers (5). Senior goaltender Kirby Mundorf has started all three games in the net for the Muhawks and has 36 saves. Through three games, Monmouth has a shooting percentage of .414 (29-of-70) and a shots on goal percentage of .786 (55-of-70). The Muhawks are also averaging close to 10 goals per game, while holding opponents to eight goals per contest. The NEC member has a team clear percentage of .786, reaching the offensive zone on 41-of-52 attempts. Lady Flames Open Season with a Win The Liberty women's lacrosse team used a nine-goal first half on its way to an 11-10 defeat of Saint Francis, (Pa.), on Tuesday afternoon at Osborne Stadium in its season-opening contest. The win gave head coach Regan Denham's squad a 1-0 record, equaling the Lady Flames' total from last year in their inaugural season. Tuesday's victory also marked Liberty's first-ever win at home. Freshman Nina Dunay proved to be a formidable offensive threat in her first collegiate contest, as the Ashburn, Va., native found the back of the net on five occasions, while also assisting on two more Liberty goals. Fellow freshmen Karis Walborn, Emily Dinsmore and Jen Moyer also were able to tally a score in their first collegiate game. Walborn notched two goals, while Dinsmore and Moyer each added one. Returners Kristin Crowley and Candice Parsons rounded out the Flames attack, each scoring one goal apiece. Saving the Day In her Liberty debut, freshman goalie Kristen Masullo recorded 18 saves. The number marks the highest single-game save total by a Liberty goaltender in program. In addition to her stops, the Berkeley Heights, N.J., native finished the contest with a team-leading 10 groundballs. Five Alive Donning the Liberty jersey for the first time, freshman Nina Dunay led the Lady Flames with five goals in Tuesdays' 11-10 win over St. Francis, tying the program record for the most goals in a single game. Last season, three Liberty players accomplished the feat – Kristin Crowley, Lauren See and Sierra Clearwater. Crowley finished with five goals on two occasions last year, doing so in Liberty's first-ever win, a 17-16 overtime victory against Howard (March 6, 2010) and again in a home contest versus Central Connecticut State (March 26). Helping on Both Ends Midfielder Annessa Jamison nearly filled up the stat sheet in Liberty's game against Saint Francis. In her Liberty debut, the junior transfer led the Lady Flames in draw controls (3) and caused turnovers (3), while chipping in two assists and two ground balls. A Look at the Lady Flames Second-year Liberty head coach Regan Denham returns nine players from last year's squad, including captains Kristin Crowley and Chloe McIntosh, who both started all 14 games last season. Crowley led the team with 27 goals in 2010, including notching five goals in the Lady Flames' 17-16 victory over Howard. She also tied for first on the team in assists (4). Additionally, the Colorado Springs, Colo., native snagged 32 draw controls to lead the Lady Flames. McIntosh ranked fourth on the team in goals, finding the back of the net on 11 occasions while taking 29 shots. Twenty five (86.2 percent) of McIntosh's shots were on goal, which served as the highest clip on the team. McIntosh tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with 10, while also picking up 22 groundballs last season, to rank third on the team in that category. Juniors Camille Little and Anna Starling also return for Liberty as 14-game starters last season. Rounding out the returners are Hillary Baker, Blaire Barnhart, Bianca Brancaleone, Amanda Hornick and Candice Parsons. New to Denham's roster for 2011 are Morgan Becker, Emily Dinsmore, Nina Dunay, Jillian Krick, Alexis Fifelski, Annessa Jamison, Kelsey Keimig, Kristen Masullo, Audra Menez, Jen Moyer, Jordan Richardson and Karis Walborn.
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