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Liberty Lacrosse to Host St. Francis in Season Opener

February 28, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Anna Starling is one of four returners who started all 14 of the Lady Flames' games last season.

Anna Starling is one of four returners who started all 14 of the Lady Flames' games last season.

The Liberty women's lacrosse team opens its 2011 campaign at home Tuesday afternoon, hosting St. Francis, Pa., at 4 p.m. at Osborne Stadium. The home contest is the first of nine games scheduled to be played on Liberty Mountain this spring, compared to just two games which the Lady Flames played at home last season during the inaugural year of the program.

The Lady Flames return nine players from last year's squad, including captains Kristin Crowley and Chloe McIntosh, who both started all 14 games last season.

Crowley led the team with 27 goals in 2010, including notching five goals in the Lady Flames' 17-16 victory over Howard. She also ranked tied for first on the team in assists (4). Additionally, the Colorado Springs, Colo., native snagged 32 draw controls to lead the Lady Flames.

McIntosh ranked fourth on the team in goals, finding the back of the net on 11 occasions while taking 29 shots. Twenty five (86.2 percent) of McIntosh's shots were on goal, which served as the highest clip on the team. McIntosh tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with 10, while also picking up 22 groundballs last season, to rank third on the team in that category.

Juniors Camille Little and Anna Starling also return for Liberty as 14-game starters last season. Rounding out the returners are Hillary Baker, Blaire Barnhart, Bianca Brancaleone, Amanda Hornick, and Candice Parsons.

New to head coach Regan Denham's roster for 2011 are Morgan Becker, Emily Dinsmore, Nina Dunay, Jillian Krick, Alexis Fifelski, Annessa Jamison, Kelsey Keimig, Kristen Masullo, Audra Menez, Jen Moyer, Jordan Richardson and Karis Walborn.

The match up with St. Francis, Pa., is a familiar one, as the two programs met last season. The Red Flash came away with the 16-5 victory in Loretto, Pa., on March 23, 2010, as they went on to record a 6-11 mark overall last season. This stands as the program's most successful campaign. This is the 10th year of the program.

St. Francis returns the bulk of its of players from 2010, including leading scorer, Kate Simmons. The junior scored 41 goals last season while also tallying 17 assists. She also grabbed 61 draws to lead the Northeast Conference in draws per contest with 3.59. The Red Flash's lone senior is their goalkeeper, Danielle Pokusa. Pokusa denied 194 shots last season on her way to six victories.

After the Lady Flames face St. Francis, Pa., on Tuesday, they welcome Monmoth to Lynchburg on Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. game.