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No. 17 Liberty to Take on Pair of Top-10 Teams, Saturday and Monday

October 24, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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No. 17 Liberty will play No. 3 UConn and No. 6 Virginia, Saturday and Monday.

No. 17 Liberty will play No. 3 UConn and No. 6 Virginia, Saturday and Monday.

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No. 17 Liberty will take on a pair of top-10 teams, starting with a home BIG EAST match against No. 3 Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.

The game between the Lady Flames (9-4, 4-1 BIG EAST) and the first place Huskies (13-3, 5-0 BIG EAST) will begin at noon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. Saturday's game will be the Liberty field hockey program's inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness Game. For more information and to donate to the cause, please visit:

Following Saturday's contest, Liberty will head to Charlottesville on Monday for a contest against the No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers (13-3, 3-2 ACC). That game will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the University Hall Turf Field.

Liberty went 1-1 last weekend. The Lady Flames won 4-0 on the road at Georgetown (Friday) before falling 3-2 at No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday.

UConn enters the BIG EAST showdown with Liberty having won 37 consecutive regular-season conference contests, dating back to the 2013 season. The Huskies, who have eight ranked wins this season, split a pair of games last weekend. They defeated Villanova 7-0 on the road but lost 1-0 in a shootout to No. 15 Syracuse at home.

Virginia, which has six ranked wins in 2019, swept its two games last weekend. The Cavaliers defeated No. 4 Duke 3-2 in overtime, followed by a 3-2 triumph at Drexel.

Lady Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty has yet to defeat UConn. The Huskies are 6-0 in the all-time series, including a 3-0 mark in BIG EAST regular season games and a 3-0 record in the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship title game against the Lady Flames (2016, 2017 and 2018).
  • The Lady Flames earned their first-ever victory over the Virginia Cavaliers by a 3-2 score on Sept. 16, 2018. In that contest, Liberty overcame a two-goal deficit to win. The Lady Flames' Alivia Klopp scored the game-winning goal with 1:45 left, a highlight which was the No. 9 play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays listing.
  • Liberty's Daniella Rhodes earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors on Tuesday for a third time this season. Rhodes notched her first career hat trick in the Lady Flames' 4-0 road win at Georgetown, last Friday.
  • Senior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer made the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. She established a new program record with her 38th career win in net in the shutout over Georgetown and also made a season-best eight saves at No. 1 North Carolina, Sunday.
  • The Lady Flames are No. 17 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll for a second straight week. Liberty is No. 20 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI. Duke checks in at No. 3 in the RPI, while Virginia is No. 4.
  • Liberty ranks fourth in the nation in scoring average (3.28), scoring margin (2.29) and shutouts per game (0.46). The Lady Flames rank fifth in goals-against-average (0.99) and goals per game (3.31), seventh in points per game (9.15) and 10th in assists per game (2.54).
  • Rhodes is No. 7 in the country in points per game (2.38) and No. 11 in goals per game (0.92). Schaefer ranks No. 7 in the nation in goals-against-average (0.99).
  • The Lady Flames have outscored their counterparts 38-4 in their nine wins this season. Liberty is 0-4 against ranked foes this year, losing each contest by one goal.