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2017 Field Hockey Season Recap

December 11, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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With the 2017 Liberty field hockey season wrapped up, LFSN reporter Nick Pierce caught up with Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach Nikki Parsley to take a look back at the year.

In Parsley's first year at the helm, the Lady Flames finished the season with an 8-11 overall mark and final national ranking of No. 23. Liberty finished runner-up in the BIG EAST regular season standings with a 5-2 mark, earning the No. 2 seed for the 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship at Providence.

The Lady Flames defeated No. 3 seed Old Dominion, 3-1, in the semifinals before falling to No. 1 seed and eventual national champion UConn in the title game.

2017 Season Highlights

  • Sophomore Agueda Moroni became the third All-American in program history, earning 2017 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America second team recognition. Moroni matched the program record with 19 goals to go along with eight assists and 46 points. The Argentina native finished in the top 10 in the country in goals per game (No. 8, 1.00) and points per game (No. 9, 2.42).
  • The Lady Flames featured four players on the All-BIG EAST teams: Moroni (first team), Jill Bolton (first team), Ashley Dykema (first team) and Allison Schaefer (second team).
  • Moroni and Bolton garnered inclusion on the NFHCA All-South region teams. Moroni earned first team honors, while Bolton placed on the second team. Bolton was one of only 23 freshmen in the nation to be named to an all-region team.
  • Liberty was well-represented in the BIG EAST Weekly Honors as well as national honors. Moroni received BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors twice and made the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll four times, while Bolton garnered BIG EAST Freshman of the Week selection in back-to-back weeks (Oct. 23, Oct. 30).
  • Liberty's points leaders this season were: Agueda Moroni (46), Jill Bolton (23), Victoria O'Keeffe (9), Summer Parker (8) and Mallory Fortenbaugh (8). Moroni tallied three or more points in eight contests.
  • With a first half save at Temple on Oct. 27, the 207th of her career, sophomore goalkeeper Allison Schaefer became the program's all-time leader in career saves. Schaefer has recorded 227 saves during her first two seasons at Liberty and also notched three shutouts in 2017.
  • The Lady Flames outscored their opponents, 19-7, in seven BIG EAST regular-season matches.
  • Moroni notched her second career hat trick on Sept. 29 against Old Dominion. The Coroba, Argentina, native's three markers led the Lady Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Monarchs.
  • Liberty faced nine nationally-ranked opponents in 2017, including each 2017 Division I Field Hockey Championship Final Four participant (UConn, Maryland, North Carolina and Michigan). The Lady Flames also took No. 2 Duke to overtime and held a two-goal advantage over 2016 national champion Delaware.
  • Seniors Cassidy Bremner, Monica Hernick, Summer Parker, Alynn Richardson, Zosia Roberts and Rachel Suter closed out their careers in Liberty uniforms. Collectively, the seniors tallied 28 goals, 38 assists and 84 points during their time at Liberty. The senior class claimed 42 wins in their tenure with the Lady Flames. They won a NorPac title in 2014, qualifying for the NCAA Field Hockey Championship. In addition, the senior class led the Lady Flames to back-to-back runner-up finishes in the BIG EAST Conference in each of the last two seasons.