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No. 13 Liberty Field Hockey Set for First Road Trip of Season

September 19, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty (4-0) will play at Temple and at No. 18 Wake Forest, Sunday.

Liberty (4-0) will play at Temple and at No. 18 Wake Forest, Sunday.

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The 13th-ranked Liberty field hockey team will go on its first road trip this weekend. The unbeaten Lady Flames (4-0) will start the weekend with their BIG EAST opener at Temple on Friday, followed by a non-conference tilt on Sunday at No. 18 Wake Forest.

Friday's contest between Liberty and Temple will begin at 3 p.m. at Howarth Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Sunday's match between the Lady Flames and Wake Forest will start at 1 p.m. at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Liberty is ranked No. 13 in the latest Division I Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Coaches Poll, up three spots from a week ago. It is the Lady Flames' highest ranking since starting the 2016 season as the No. 13-ranked team in the country.

Liberty's most recent game was at home against Yale, this past Saturday. The Lady Flames topped the Bulldogs 4-2 in that contest to stay unbeaten.

Temple enters Friday's bout with a 3-1 overall mark. The Owls are coming off a 2-0 home triumph over Bryant, last Friday.

No. 18 Wake Forest comes into the weekend with a 1-4 mark. The Demon Deacons will open ACC play at home against No. 17 Boston College, Friday evening, before taking on Liberty on Sunday afternoon. Wake Forest and Liberty met in preseason action, Aug. 21.


Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty is 3-0 all-time in BIG EAST openers, with all three of those victories coming against Villanova. This is the first time the Lady Flames will face the Owls in a conference opener.
  • The Lady Flames are 4-1 all-time against Temple, including a 3-0 mark against the Owls in BIG EAST games. Liberty has outscored Temple 21-4 in those three league games (2016, 2017 and 2018).
  • The Lady Flames hold a 1-6 mark against Wake Forest. Last season, the Demon Deacons came back to defeat Liberty 3-2 in double overtime in Lynchburg.
  • As a team, Liberty ranks No. 2 in the nation in scoring margin, No. 3 in scoring average (4.25), goals per game (4.25) and points per game (11.50), No. 5 in goals-against-average (0.75) and shutouts per game (0.50) and assists per game (3.00).
  • Individually, freshman Daniella Rhodes is fourth in the country in assists per game (1.00), fifth in points per game (3.00), and eighth in goals per game (1.00). Sophomore Alivia Klopp also ranks eighth in the nation in goals per game (1.00) and 14th in points per game (2.24).
  • Senior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer is sixth in the country in goals-against-average (0.75) and 18th in save percentage (.786). Schaefer is fifth in DI field hockey in career saves among active goalkeepers with 319.
  • The Lady Flames have outscored their opposition 17-3 on the year and have dominated in several other categories, including: shots on goal (53-14), shots-on-goal percentage (.726-.483), shots per game (18.2-7.2) penalty corners (21-18) and goals off corners (6-1).
  • Liberty's 4-0 start to the season is its best start since the team went 5-0 to open the 2015 campaign.
  • Liberty featured three players on the preseason All-BIG EAST team: junior defender/midfielder Ashley Dykema (preseason Defensive Player of the Year, All-BIG EAST team), junior forward/midfielder Jill Bolton (All-BIG EAST team) and senior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer (All-BIG EAST team). The Lady Flames were picked to finish second in the conference, behind only UConn.
  • In three seasons of BIG EAST regular season competition, Liberty holds a 16-5 record. The Lady Flames have finished second at the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship each of their first three years in the conference.