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Lacrosse Heads to the Nation's Capital to Face George Washington

February 25, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lacrosse Heads to the Nation's Capital to Face George Washington

Liberty's busy February schedule continues on Wednesday when the Lady Flames travel to meet Atlantic 10 opponent George Washington. Game time against the Colonials is slated for 3:30 p.m. at GW Lacrosse Field. 

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats and live video will be available for tomorrow's game on by clicking on the live stats and live video links on the lacrosse schedule/results page. Fans can also follow the game through periodic Twitter updates from @LUGameday and @libertywlax.

February Road Warriors
The Lady Flames' contest on Wednesday against George Washington will be its fourth road game in the month of February and fifth match overall. Prior to this season, the most games Liberty played in February came last year, when it faced three opponents. The Lady Flames are looking for their first road victory of the season after dropping their first three contests away from Lynchburg.

Rich Gets Richer
Liberty freshman Michaela Rich earned the first Big South weekly award of her young career on Tuesday. The attacker was tabbed the conference's Freshman of the Week after recording a hat trick in Liberty's home-opening victory against Elon last Friday. It was the Lady Flames' first freshman of the week honor since March 12, 2013, when Kallie Britton brought home the award.

Last Time Out
After playing their first three games on the road, the Lady Flames returned to Liberty Mountain last Friday for their home opener against Elon. Sam Struss' career-high five goals and Michaela Rich's hat trick helped propel Liberty to a 13-9 victory over the visiting Phoenix.

For the contest, the Lady Flames outshot the Phoenix, 37-26, including a 22-13 advantage in the second half. Liberty's 37 shots were the second most ever in a game, falling two short of the program record of 39 which was set on March 27, 2011 against Howard. The remaining statistical categories were even as Liberty held the slight edge in ground balls, 23-20, and draw controls, 14-11. The 23 ground balls were the most this season for the Lady Flames. Liberty converted on 13 of 17 clear attempts compared to 12 of 21 successful attempts for the visitors.

Courtney Brown scooped up a game-high four ground balls, while Nina Dunay snagged a team-best four draw controls. Kristen Masullo played all 60 minutes in between the pipes for Liberty, stopping 13 shots en route to the victory.

Previewing the Lady Flames
Liberty (1-3) looks for its second straight win and first victory on the road when it meets George Washington on Wednesday. The Lady Flames and the Colonials are meeting for the first time ever. Liberty is 0-1 so far this season against members of the A-10, with two more meetings, George Mason and La Salle, remaining. 

Through the first four games of the schedule, the Lady Flames are averaging 7.75 goals per game. Sam Struss leads the offensive unit, scoring a team-best 11 goals on just 13 shots. Nina Dunay and Michaela Rich are tied for second on the squad with four markers each, while Kallie Britton paces the team with four assists.

On the draw, Morgan Becker leads the team and the conference with 17 draw controls. Kallie Britton has a team-high 10 ground balls, while Dunay has caused the most turnovers on the squad with five.

Goalkeeper Kristen Masullo has started each of the first four games. The senior has a .414 save percentage and is surrendering an average of 16.73 goals per contest.  

Previewing the Colonials
George Washington (1-1) split its first two contests this year, winning its season opener, 24-7, over Howard and falling in its last outing to Drexel, 12-7.

The Colonials are averaging 15.50 goals per game, while surrendering 9.50 scores per contest. Jamie Bumgardner is the team leader in both goals and assists with five and seven, respectively. Leading the team in ground balls is Jordy Bathras with five, while Michaela Lynch tops the squad with seven draw controls. In between the pipes, Mackenzie Jones has a pair of starts this season, registering a save percentage of .364 and posting a 9.33 goals-against average. 

Looking Ahead
Liberty will take a week off before welcoming George Mason to the Hill City on March 5. Game time against the Patriots is set for 4 p.m. at Liberty Lacrosse Field.