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Lady Flames Ready For Non-Conference Bout, Wednesday

March 21, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lady Flames Ready For Non-Conference Bout, Wednesday

The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team hosts George Mason, Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

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Last Time Out
The Lady Flames last played on March 12 when they hosted Lehigh at the Liberty Lacrosse Field. Liberty fell to the Mountain Hawks 16-5 as the Lady Flames yielded 11 first-half goals, while only netting one. Four different Lady Flames scored during the contest, including Kallie Britton who scored twice for her fourth multi-goal outing this season. Katherine Widrick and Aubrie Tarris split time in between the pipes for Liberty, with both goalies surrendering eight goals each and combining for seven saves.

Same Name, Double the Trouble
Senior captains Kallie Britton and Callie Francis rank second and third on the team in points. Francis currently ranks second in points (15) and second in assists (7), falling in behind Kayla Foster in both categories. The redshirt senior has also accounted for eight goals, ranking second behind Britton. Britton leads the team in goals scored with 13. The Kansas native has also accounted for 14 points. Britton and Francis have combined for 17 ground balls, 15 draw controls and eight caused turnovers.

Freshman Poise
Kayla Foster has stepped up in a tremendous way for the Liberty offense. Foster leads the team in both points (16) and assists (8). The Pennsylvania native also is tied for second on the team in goals with eight.

Brittons Got Talent
Sisters Abby and Kallie Britton have accounted for 21 goals and two assists thus far. Kallie leads the team in goals with 13, while Abby is tied for second with eight. Abby, a sophomore midfielder, has surged onto the scene for the Lady Flames. The Kansas native recorded one goal a season ago and has already netted eight goals on 12 shots this season. Kallie has owned up to her label of captain. The senior midfielder has netted a team-best 13 goals and recorded one assist. Kallie ranks third on the team in points (14) and has successfully recorded two points per contest.

Defense Wins Championships
The defensive core of Colleen Ekert, Meghan Hammond, Lindsey McNamara, Victoria Tickle and Melanie Via have anchored the Liberty defense this season. The quintet has combined for 67 of Liberty's 135 ground balls this season, to complement 46 of the Lady Flames' 68 caused turnovers. Tickle leads the squad in ground balls with 20, ranking 15th in the NCAA. Ekert and Hammond have 19 and 13 ground balls, respectively. Ekert leads the defense in caused turnovers with 17 and ranks No. 9 in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (2.43). Via has 10 caused turnovers while Tickle and McNamara have nine and eight, respectively.

Spying the Patriots
George Mason enters Wednesday's contest with a 3-2 overall record. Most recently, the Patriots defeated Longwood on Saturday by the final score of 16-11 in Fairfax, Va. George Mason has followed each win with a loss this season through the first five contests. The Lady Flames bested the Patriots a season ago on March 18, 2015, by the final score of 11-7 in Fairfax, Va.

George Mason records 11.80 goals per game, allowing 10.60 on the defensive end. The Patriots are a team that tend to jump out of the gates early, outscoring opponents 35-19 in the first half.

Offensively, the Patriots are led by Chachi Kelehan and Jacquelyn Spalding who have each accounted for 11 goals and six assists this season. George Mason features two other student-athletes with double-digit points in Brooke Lorber (13) and Hannah Warpinski (10). Mackenzie Duffy paces the Patriots in goal, recording a 2-2 overall record, allowing 42 goals on 107 shots faced.

What's Next?
Following Wednesday's contest, Liberty will return to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. showdown against in-state opponent William & Mary. The contest will serve as the first-ever meeting between the two programs.