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Moroni, Seniors Lead the Way in 2-1 Liberty Victory vs. Boston College on Senior Day

October 21, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty field hockey senior Agueda Moroni scored two goals on Senior Day, helping lift the No. 19 Lady Flames to a 2-1 victory over the No. 11 Boston College Eagles, Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

Moroni and the rest of the senior class – Moniek van Aarle, Abby Julius and Lindsay Pratt – were recognized in a pregame ceremony. Moroni, the nation's leading goal scorer, added her 22nd and 23rd goals of the season in the win. Fellow senior van Aarle notched the assist on Moroni's goal in the fifth minute, which proved to be the game-winning tally.

Liberty improves to 11-5 overall on the season and closes its home regular season schedule with five wins against three losses. Boston College falls to 9-7 on the season and has lost two straight.

Scoring Summary
5' – LIBERTY – Agueda Moroni (Moniek van Aarle)
45' – LIBERTY – Agueda Moroni (Kendra Jones, Mallory Fortenbaugh)
53' – BOSTON COLLEGE – Lucy Lytle (Brooke Matheson)

Goalkeepers
W: Allison Schaefer 11-5, five saves
L: Jonna Kennedy 2-3, six saves

Turning Point
With Liberty leading 1-0 early in the second half, Moroni delivered her second goal of the day on a penalty corner. Following an insert from Mallory Fortenbaugh and a stick stop from Kendra Jones, Moroni fired a shot through a congested area in front of the net that found that back of the net to the left of Eagles' netminder Jonna Kennedy.

Moroni's goal at the 44:10 mark made it 2-0 Lady Flames, and they kept Boston College off the scoreboard for the final 17:20 to hold on for the win.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty has victories over two ACC foes this year (No. 7 Virginia, No. 11 Boston College), the second time in program history the Lady Flames have defeated two ACC teams in the same season. They accomplished the same feat in 2014 with wins over No. 11 Louisville and No. 12 Wake Forest, both at home.
  • Juniors Mallory Fortenbaugh and Kendra Jones assisted on Moroni's second marker of the day. Fortenbaugh is now tied for first on the squad with 10 assists, while Jones is third with nine.  
  • The Eagles outshot the Lady Flames 13-11 on the day, but Liberty held the edge in shots on goal, 8-6.
  • Boston College drew 11 penalty corners in the game, compared to five for the Lady Flames. It was the most Liberty has yielded in a match, this season. However, the Liberty Flames' defensive penalty corner unit, which has allowed only seven goals on short corners in 2018, prevented the Eagles from scoring on all 11 corner opportunities.
  • Liberty has now defeated four ranked teams this year. The Lady Flames have bested No. 7 Virginia, No. 11 Boston College, No. 17 James Madison and No. 22 Old Dominion.
  • Moroni now has 52 career goals in 52 games. She needs three goals to surpass former Lady Flame Natalie Barr (54 goals, 2012-15) for the most in program history.

Up Next
Liberty will play at Providence (11-6, 4-2 BIG EAST) on Friday night at 6 p.m. at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The winner of the contest between the Lady Flames and the Friars will receive the No. 2 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship, while the loser will get the No. 3 seed.