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Lady Flames to Square Off Against Lafayette Sunday

February 23, 2013
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Senior Chloe McIntosh leads Liberty with five ground balls so far this season. (Photo courtesy of David S. Williams)

The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse squad closes out the opening month of the 2013 season on Sunday, when the Lafayette Leopards visit Lynchburg. The game is slated to begin at 2 p.m. at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats for Sunday's contest will be available by clicking the live stats link on the lacrosse schedule/results page on LibertyFlames.com.

Series Against Lafayette
The Leopards defeated the Lady Flames last season, 15-3, in the only matchup between the two schools. Overall, Liberty is 0-4 versus members of the Patriot League.

A Look at the Lady Flames
Seeking its first 2-0 start in program history, Liberty dropped its home opener to Navy, 15-7, last Saturday. The loss dropped the Lady Flames to 1-1 on the season.

The Midshipmen broke open a tight game early with a 6-2 run in the final 15:37 of the first half to put the visitors on top by a 9-4 mark heading into the halftime break. Liberty trimmed the lead to four less than two minutes into the second half, when Nina Dunay found the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season. The Mids outscored the Lady Flames 6-2 the rest of the contest en route to the 15-7 win.

Dunay finished the game with a pair of goals as did attacker Morgan Becker. Freshman Meghan Hammond paced the Lady Flames with four ground balls, while midfielder Jen Freymond led the squad with four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Liberty goalie Kristen Masullo concluded the game with 13 saves.

For the season, sophomore Sam Struss tops the Lady Flames with seven points (three goals, four assists), while Becker and Freymond each have six points on five goals and one assist apiece. Freshman Kelly Belue has four assists, tying her with Struss for the team lead.

Jen Moyer and Freymond are first and second on the team with eight and seven draw controls, respectively. Senior Chloe McIntosh has scooped up five ground balls to lead the Lady Flames, while Dunay and Hammond are tied for second with four ground balls each.

In goal, Masullo has played every minute in each of Liberty's first two contests. The junior has recorded 27 saves and a save percentage of .600.

Through two games, the Lady Flames have held their opponents to a mere four goals on 23 free-position attempts.  Liberty has scored 23 goals total while surrendering 18 opponent's tallies.

A Look at Lafayette
Lafayette improved to 2-0 on the season with an 11-10 victory over Central Connecticut State on Friday evening. The Leopards overcame a 7-5 second-half deficit to win their second consecutive home contest to begin the 2013 season.

The Leopards were led by senior Addie Godfrey, who scored six goals on eight shots. Five more players chipped in a goal apiece for Lafayette, while four players recorded assists on the evening. Carlianne McCabe paced the squad with five ground balls and notched a pair of caused turnovers, tying her with Godfrey and Jessica Rothstein for the team lead.

Through two games, Godfrey has tallied 10 points (8 goals, 2 assists), which is good for first on the team. Ana White's three goals and team-best four assists places her second on the squad in points. White also tops Lafayette with six draw controls. Pacing the Leopards in ground balls is Laura Kleiber and McCabe, who have six and five, respectively.

As a team, Lafayette equals Liberty in goals scored (23) and goals allowed (18).

Looking Ahead
Liberty travels to face non-conference opponent Delaware State on March 1. The matchup with the Hornets is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.