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May 1, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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No. 2 seed Liberty will open up postseason play in the semifinals of the ASUN Lacrosse Championship, Thursday afternoon against No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina.

First draw between the Lady Flames (13-4, 5-1 ASUN) and Chanticleers (12-5, 4-2 ASUN) is set for 4 p.m. at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina is the host for this year's conference tournament.

Liberty is making its first-ever appearance in the ASUN Lacrosse Championship. The Lady Flames earned the two seed by going 5-1 in ASUN regular-season contests, including a head-to-head victory (11-10 score) at Coastal Carolina, March 31.

Thursday's first semifinal will feature top-seeded and regular-season champion Jacksonville (14-3, 6-0 ASUN) and No. 4 seed Kennesaw State (8-9, 3-3 ASUN). That game will begin at 1 p.m. Jacksonville has won five of the six ASUN Lacrosse Championships contested, including the last two conference titles.

The winners of the two semifinals will meet in Saturday's title game at 1 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. The ASUN champion will receive an automatic bid to the 2019 Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.

Below is the schedule for the championship:

2019 ASUN Lacrosse Championship – Brooks Stadium – Conway, S.C.
Thursday, May 2 – Semifinals
Game 1 – No. 1 seed Jacksonville vs. No. 4 seed Kennesaw State, 1 p.m. – ESPN+
Game 2 – No. 2 seed Liberty vs. No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina, 4 p.m. – ESPN+

Saturday, May 4 – Final
Game 3 – Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m. – ESPN+

History in ASUN Championship/Series History
The Lady Flames are making their first appearance in the ASUN Championship. Liberty is in search of its first conference title in program history as well. The Lady Flames have played in one conference tournament final, the 2015 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship title.

Liberty is 4-3 all-time against Coastal Carolina, including a 1-0 mark this season. The Lady Flames' Jenna Joyal scored the game-winning goal in an 11-10 Liberty victory over at Coastal Carolina, March 31.

Liberty topped Kennesaw State (No. 4 seed) 16-12 on March 16 in its ASUN opener in what was the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Lady Flames fell to Jacksonville (No. 1 seed) 19-6 on April 14. Liberty is 0-5 all-time against the Dolphins.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Thursday's game and the entire tournament will be carried live on ESPN+. Additionally, Coastal Carolina Media Relations will provide live stats for the championship. Find links for video and stats on the schedule page of www.LibertyFlames.com/womenslacrosse.

For in-game updates, follow @libertywlax on Twitter. Also, be sure to follow "libertywlax" on Instagram for updates from Brooks Stadium.     

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty has matched a program record with 13 wins, this spring. The Lady Flames also won 13 games in 2018, posting a 13-5 overall record.
  • The Lady Flames closed out the regular season with 10 ASUN weekly award recipients, capped off by junior captain Carly White being named ASUN Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. This is the second straight year Liberty has received exactly 10 weekly honors. A year ago, the Lady Flames earned the same number of recognitions in their final season in the Big South Conference.
  • Liberty is No. 31 in the NCAA Women's Lacrosse RPI listing. The Lady Flames are one spot ahead of Jacksonville (No. 32) and checked in at No. 25 in the RPI a week ago, a new program record. Coastal Carolina is listed at No. 52, and Kennesaw State is No. 86 in the rankings.
  • The Lady Flames are the No. 2 seed in a conference tournament for the third time in program history (2015, 2018, 2019).
  • Liberty is first in the nation in caused turnovers per game (16.00) and eighth in ground balls per game (22.12). The Lady Flames are also in the top 20 in scoring defense (No. 10, 8.53), scoring margin (No. 16, 5.12), winning percentage (No. 19, .765) and shots per game (No. 20, 32.88).
  • Lady Flames senior midfielder Brianna McCaffrey is currently No. 2 in the country in caused turnovers per game (3.19), while White is No. 3 in ground balls per game (3.53) and No. 13 in free-position percentage (.632).  Senior goalkeeper Katherine Widrick has the ninth-best goals-against-average (8.85) is Division I women's lacrosse.
  • The 2019 ASUN Conference Lacrosse Postseason Honors and Awards will be unveiled at a pre-championship banquet in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Wednesday evening.