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Lady Flames to Play Road Contest Against Friars, Friday Night

October 19, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Serena Barr and the Lady Flames play at Providence on Friday night.

Serena Barr and the Lady Flames play at Providence on Friday night.

The Liberty field hockey team returns to the Northeast to play at Providence on Friday evening.

The contest is set for a 7 p.m. start at Lennon Family Field and will be the second-ever meeting between the two programs. Last season, the Lady Flames defeated Providence, 4-3, in overtime on a game-winning goal from Bethany Barr.

Liberty enters the contest with a 5-7 overall record and 3-2 mark in BIG EAST play. The Lady Flames fell at No. 1 UConn last Saturday, 7-2.

The Friars are 12-3 overall and in second place in the BIG EAST at 4-1. They defeated Brown, 2-1, in overtime on Tuesday.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
A live video stream will be available for the match through CBS Interactive and Providence's field hockey schedule/results page. A subscription to the site is required to access the live stream. You can find the link for the broadcast on the field hockey schedule/results panel.

Live stats for the match will be available by clicking the appropriate link on the field hockey schedule/results panel on LibertyFlames.com.

Also, be sure to follow @LUGameDay on Twitter for live in-game updates from the match.

BIG EAST Breakdown
In their first year as an affiliate member of the BIG EAST, the Lady Flames are 3-2 in conference play. They earned 5-1 and 6-1 victories over Villanova and Quinnipiac on Sept. 16 and Sept. 23, respectively.

The Lady Flames defeated Georgetown, 8-0, on Oct. 8. Liberty's conference losses have been to then-No. 14 Old Dominion and current No. 1 UConn. In five BIG EAST games, the Lady Flames have outscored their opponents, 22-11.

As a team, Liberty ranks first in the conference in goals off penalty corners (11), second in the conference in scoring average (2.84) and second in assists per game (2.67).

Liberty freshman forward Kendra Jones and freshman goalkeeper Allison Schaefer garnered recognition from the league office last week. Jones was tabbed the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while Schaefer earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

Liberty players have made regular appearances in the BIG EAST Field Hockey Weekly Honors. Schaefer has been named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week and was also named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on a separate occasion.

Both Bethany and Serena Barr garnered recognition the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Sept. 19, while junior Summer Parker most recently made the weekly honor roll on Sept. 26.

Here's what the BIG EAST Conference standings currently look like:

Team Overall Conference
No. 1 Connecticut 15-0 5-0
Providence 12-3 4-1
Liberty 5-7 3-2
Quinnipiac 4-11 3-2
Old Dominion 6-8 2-3
Temple 5-10 2-3
Villanova 4-11 0-4
Georgetown 4-10 0-5
 

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Six different Lady Flames are in double figures in points this season: Bethany Barr (16), Serena Barr (15), Abby Julius (14), Alynn Richardson (12), Kendra Jones (12) and Agueda Moroni (10).
  • Alynn Richardson and Kendra Jones lead the team with six goals each.
  • Bethany Barr has a team-high eight assists and ranks 13th in the country in assists per game (0.67), while her sister Serena Barr ranks 27th (0.58) in the category.
  • Bethany Barr is approaching her own program record for assists. She is four shy of tying her own record of 12 assists in a single season, set in 2013.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Allison Schaefer ranks third in program history in career saves with 78.
  • Schaefer ranks 15th in the nation in saves per game (6.50) and 26th in save percentage (.747).
  • Freshman defender Mallory Fortenbaugh ranks 15th in the country in defensive saves with three.
  • Head coach Jodi Murphy notched her 70th career victory at Liberty with an Oct. 8 home win over BIG EAST foe Georgetown. She has a 70-43 record in her sixth season in charge of the program.
  • The Lady Flames hold an 84-51 advantage over their opponents in penalty corners drawn on the season.
  • Liberty has outscored its opponents, 35-30, this year.
  • Four different Lady Flames have game-winning goals this season: Kendra Jones, Bethany Barr, Summer Parker and Agueda Moroni.
  • Liberty is currently No. 28 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI, up six spots from last week (No. 34).

Scouting Providence
The Friars have already won eight more matches than all of 2015. In 2015, the team went 4-14 overall and already has 12 wins in 2016, their most in a season since 2007 (14-8 overall record).

Offensively, senior Adrienne Houle (9 g, 2 a, 20 pts) leads the team in points, while freshman forward Sylvia Miller is second on the team in points with 15 (7 g, 1 a). Megan Hamilton (5 g, 3 a, 13 pts) and Kali Kilmer (6 g, 12 pts) also pose a threat on the offensive end.

Junior goalkeeper Megan Guilbert has posted solid numbers this season, as she is 12-3-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average.

Providence is coached by Diane Madl, who is in her 15th season as head coach. Under Madl's direction, the Friars have qualified for the BIG EAST Championship in six of the last 10 seasons.

The Friars currently check in at No. 32 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Flames will be action at home on Sunday, as they host No. 4 North Carolina at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. The non-conference match is set for 1 p.m. and will be the fourth meeting all-time between the two programs.