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Liberty Set for Final Non-Conference Tilt

March 24, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Set for Final Non-Conference Tilt

The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team will host in-state opponent William & Mary, Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

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Last Time Out
The Lady Flames fell to George Mason, yesterday, by the final score of 17-7 at the Liberty Lacrosse Field. Liberty held tough in the first half, trailing the Patriots 6-5 at the break. After the two squads traded two goals each to keep George Mason ahead by one, the Patriots rattled off nine unanswered goals to take a commanding 17-7 lead. The Lady Flames were led offensively by Kayla Foster who netted two goals and picked up two assists during the effort. Aubrie Tarris made her first collegiate start in goal for Liberty, notching 11 saves and allowing 17 goals on 33 shots faced.

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 (17) and second in assists (7), falling in behind Kayla Foster in both categories. The redshirt senior has also accounted for 10 goals, ranking second behind Britton. Britton leads the team in goals scored with 14. The Kansas native has also accounted for 15 points. Britton and Francis have combined for 21 ground balls, 15 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers.

Freshman Poise
Kayla Foster has stepped up in a tremendous way for the Liberty offense. Foster leads the team in both points (20) and assists (10). The Pennsylvania native also is tied for second on the team in goals with 10.

Brittons Got Talent
Sisters Abby and Kallie Britton have accounted for 22 goals and two assists thus far. Kallie leads the team in goals with 14, while Abby ranks fourth on the team 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 this season. Kallie has owned up to her label of captain. The senior midfielder has netted a team-best 14 goals and recorded one assist.

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 70 of Liberty's 148 ground balls this season, to complement 47 of the Lady Flames' 73 caused turnovers. Ekert leads the squad in ground balls with 21, while Tickle ranks second with 20. Hammond ranks third on the squad in ground balls (15), respectively. Ekert leads the defense in caused turnovers with 18 and ranks No. 14 in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (2.25). Via has 10 caused turnovers while Tickle and McNamara have nine and eight, respectively.

Leaders of the Tribe
William & Mary enters Saturday's contest with a 5-4 overall record, after defeating Richmond yesterday by the final score of 10-9. The Tribe have notched three wins in their last four games, all against opponents that Liberty has faced, including Old Dominion, Virginia Tech and the Spiders.

The Tribe are led offensively by Shannon Quinn's 25 goals through the first nine contests. Abby Corkum and McKinley Wade round out the double-digit goal scorers with 14 and 11 tallies, respectively. On the defensive side of the field, Abby Junior leads William & Mary in both ground balls (23) and caused turnovers (16). The Tribe feature a plethora of goalies to throw in the mix, including Meredith Crizer and Alex Lista who have each accounted for over 200 minutes played this season. Crizer obtains the better record of 2-1, with Lista holding a 2-3 record heading into Saturday.

William & Mary yields 11.89 goals per game while scoring 11.22 on the offensive end. The Tribe also have a high shots-on-goal percentage of .823. The offensive attack for William & Mary are balanced throughout the contest, netting 48 first-half goals to 53 second-half and overtime goals. The Tribe also have won the draw control battles this year over their opponents, 119-105.

What's Next?
Following Saturday's contest, Liberty returns to action on Wednesday to conclude its four-game home stand against 2015 Big South Lacrosse Champion, Winthrop. The contest is slated to begin at 4 p.m. at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.