Liberty fell 3-1 to Old Dominion in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals.
No. 2 seed Old Dominion topped No. 3 seed Liberty 3-1 in the semifinals of the 2019 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Stadium, Friday afternoon.
The loss brings the 19th-ranked Lady Flames' record to 10-8 on the year and ends their season. Meanwhile, 18th-ranked Old Dominion improves to 11-6 this season and advances to Sunday's championship game against top-seeded and third-ranked Connecticut (17-3). The Huskies bested No. 4 seed Providence 2-0 in Friday's first semifinal on a day which had temperatures in the mid 30s and strong winds for both games.
Scoring Summary 6' – OLD DOMINION – Nicole Fredericks (Alice Demars) | Penalty Corner 19' – LIBERTY – Lizzie Hamlett (Daniella Rhodes) | Penalty Corner 28' – OLD DOMINION – Riley Taylor (Ashleigh Thomas) 41' – OLD DOMINION – Tori Harwood (unassisted)
Goalkeepers W: Cam MacGillivray 11-6, two saves L: Allison Schaefer 10-8, two saves
Turning Point The two teams traded goals in the opening 20 minutes, with the Monarchs' Nicole Fredericks scoring first on a penalty corner at the 5:02 mark to give ODU a 1-0 lead. The Lady Flames answered early in the second quarter at the 18:49 mark when midfielder Lizzie Hamlett tied the game at 1-1 on a penalty corner tip off a feed from Daniella Rhodes. It was the sophomore's fifth goal of the season.
However, Old Dominion responded just before halftime when Ashleigh Thomas sent a ball in to Riley Taylor, who backhanded a shot past Liberty goalkeeper Allison Schaefer from in close to make it 2-1 Monarchs in the 28th minute.
ODU's Tori Harwood tacked on an insurance goal for the Monarchs in the third quarter off a Liberty turnover to make it 3-1 at the 40:27 mark.
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