With the 2013 field hockey season complete, Nick Pierce of the Liberty Flames Sports Network had a chance to sit down with head coach of the Liberty Lady Flames, Jodi Murphy. During the interview, Murphy discusses Liberty's NorPac title run and its appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The third-year head coach also gives her thoughts on the team as it moves forward into 2014.
2013 Season Highlights
- Liberty posted a 17-5 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in conference play. The 17 wins set the program's single-season record.
- The Lady Flames punched their first-ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament after upsetting No. 10 Stanford, 2-1, in the title game of the NorPac Championship.
- Goalkeeper Ann Jefferis notched six saves was tabbed the tournament MVP, while Natalie Barr and Bethany Barr joined Jefferis on the all-tournament squad.
- Natalie Barr became the first Lady Flame ever to earn inclusion on the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-South Region first team, while Ann Jefferis finished her Liberty career with her second All-Region second-team honor.
- For the second consecutive season, Natalie Barr was named the NorPac East Offensive Player of the Year and head coach Jodi Murphy was tabbed the Co-Coach of the Year.
- Serena Barr earned the NorPac's Maria Whitehead Rookie of the Year.
- Natalie Barr, Serena Barr, Hannah Jones and Ashlee Krulock were placed on the NorPac All-Conference team.
- Helen Doolittle garnered her second straight conference all-academic team plaudit.
- Liberty collected 14 NorPac East Weekly awards this season. Natalie Barr was tabbed the Offensive Player of the Week four times, while Ashlee Krulock and Bethany Barr earned the award once each. Ann Jefferis garnered a pair of Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Helen Doolittle, Hannah Jones and Serena Barr collected one plaudit apiece. Serena Barr and Bethany Barr were awarded the Rookie of the Week twice and once, respectively.
- The Lady Flames were an offensive juggernaut this season, tallying a conference-best 82 goals, 57 assists and 221 points. Eighteen different players notched at least one goal, while 20 total Lady Flames recorded at least one point this year.
- Natalie Barr paced the NorPac in goals (19) and points (49). The sophomore finished the season ranked eighth in the nation in points per game (2.23) and 13th in goals per game (0.86).
- The sister trio of Bethany, Natalie and Serena Barr finished ranked one, two, and three, respectively, in the league in assists. Bethany Barr concluded the season 19th in the nation in assists per game (0.55).
- As a team, Liberty ranked third in the nation in scoring average (2.77), fourth in points per game (10.05) and scoring average (3.73), fifth in winning percentage (.773) and ninth in assists per game (2.59).
- Defensively, the Lady Flames were equally as strong, finishing ranked third in the country in goals-against average (0.95), 10th in shutouts per game (0.36) and 21st in save percentage (.769).
- Ann Jefferis started 21 games in the cage for Liberty, recording a program single-season record six shutouts. The redshirt senior ranked third in the nation in goals-against average (0.95), seventh in goalie win-loss percentage (.762) and 21st in save percentage (.759).