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Lady Flames to Face Highlanders in BSC Road Match, Wednesday Evening

April 17, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty (11-4, 4-1 BSC) will play a road game at Radford (5-9, 2-3 BSC) on Wednesday night.

Liberty (11-4, 4-1 BSC) will play a road game at Radford (5-9, 2-3 BSC) on Wednesday night.

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Second-place Liberty women's lacrosse will make the trek to Radford, Va., for a meeting with the Radford Highlanders on Wednesday evening.

First draw between Liberty (11-4, 4-1 Big South) and Radford (5-9, 2-3 Big South) is set for 6 p.m. at Cupp Stadium.

The Lady Flames went 2-0 at home last week, including victories over Longwood (22-7) and Winthrop (12-11). Liberty enters the final week of the regular season in second place in the conference behind only No. 18/19 High Point (5-0). Liberty and Winthrop are both 4-1 in the league, but the Lady Flames own the head-to-head advantage.

Liberty is No. 41 of 115 teams in the current NCAA Women's Lacrosse RPI, up 18 spots from the previous RPI listing (No. 59).

At 2-3 in the league, Radford is in fifth place in the conference. Last week, the Highlanders topped Gardner-Webb, 22-14 (Wednesday), before falling at Campbell, 17-12, on Saturday.

Series History
Liberty has taken both of the meetings from Radford in the all-time series. Last year, the Lady Flames defeated the Highlanders, 14-9, on Liberty's Senior Night (April 19, 2017). In that contest, Courtney Brown and Brianna McCaffrey each had three goals, while Liberty had 25 caused turnovers and 40 ground balls (both second most in a single game in program history.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
A live video stream for the contest will be accessible via the Big South Network. Live stats, courtesy of Radford Athletics Communications, are also available for the game. Find the links for video and stats on the Liberty women's lacrosse schedule page on LibertyFlames.com.

For live social media updates before, during and after the game from Cupp Stadium, follow @libertywlax on Twitter and "libertywlax" on Instagram.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • For a fifth consecutive week, Liberty is No. 1 in the country in caused turnovers per game (14.47). After scooping up 55 ground balls (27.50/game) in last week's pair of games, the Lady Flames are now No. 2 in the nation in ground balls per game (24.40). Liberty is also fourth in DI in shots per game at 35.93.
  • From an individual standpoint, here is where Liberty players stack up among the nation's best: McCaffrey No. 3 in the country in caused turnovers per game (3.00), No. 12 in ground balls per game (3.33) and No. 39 in shots per game (6.53); Kayla Foster No. 14 in total assists (32) and No. 22 in assists per game (2.13) and Hannah Quast No. 29 in free-position percentage (.600).
  • As a team, the Lady Flames are No. 10 in the nation in shots per game (25.53), No. 17 in winning percentage (.733), No. 17 in assists per game (6.47), No. 19 in scoring defense (9.47) and No. 20 in scoring margin (3.87).
  • Foster paces the team with 51 points (19 g, 32), followed by Michaela Rich (28 g, 15 a, 43 pts), McCaffrey (35 g, 6 a, 41 pts), Carly White (21 g, 13 a, 34 pts) and Jenna Joyal (23 g, 8 a, 31 pts).
  • Goalkeeper Katherine Widrick is 4-1 with a 7.15 goals-against-average (GAA), a .558 save percentage and 72 saves, while goalkeeper Aubrie Tarris is 7-3 with a 12.10 GAA, a .414 save percentage and 60 saves. The Lady Flames' two goalkeepers combined are No. 26 in the country in save percentage (.482).
  • On her Senior Day against Winthrop last Saturday, Abby Britton scored a highlight-reel behind-the-back goal with 26:38 left in the game. The video currently has over 20,000 views on Twitter and has gained national attention.
  • The Lady Flames posted a perfect 7-0 home regular-season record, their first unbeaten season on their home turf in program history. Liberty outscored its opponents, 116-55, at the Liberty Lacrosse Field in 2018, winning by an average of 8.71 goals per game. 

 

Scouting Radford
The Highlanders are led on the attack by Callie Bonnel, who is fourth in the Big South in goals with 43. Bonnel is also No. 5 in DI in free position goals per game (1.43) and No. 11 in free-position percentage (.690). Adrian Rius (35 g, 5 a, 40 pts) and Lindsey Carroll (22 g, 10 a, 32 pts) are also viable threats on the offensive end for head coach Haley Marvine's squad.

Jenny Davis (4-8, 13.68 GAA, .428 SV PCT, 121 SV) is No. 27 in the nation in saves per game (9.31) and will likely handle most of the goalkeeping for Radford. Hannah Rosen (1-1, 14.52 GAA, .429 SV PCT, 24 SV) may also see time in net.