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Liberty Heads West for a Pair of Weekend Games

September 28, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty takes it 5-4 record on the road this weekend.

Liberty takes it 5-4 record on the road this weekend.

The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team takes its two-game winning streak to St. Louis, Mo., for two non-conference matchups this weekend. The Lady Flames will battle the Saint Louis Billikens on Saturday at 1 p.m. (EST), followed by a neutral-site game against the Missouri State Bears, hosted by Saint Louis on Sunday at noon (EST).

A Look at the Lady Flames
Liberty notched two wins this past weekend, defeating the Robert Morris Colonials, 4-2, and the La Salle Explorers, 3-1, to push its overall record to 5-4 (1-1 NorPac).

Freshman Elly Chipman contributed her first two goals of the season and Hannah Jones contributed a pair of assists to help propel the Lady Flames to the victory over the Colonials on Friday. Liberty's Natalie Barr broke a 2-2 tie with 4:46 remaining in the contest. Barr scored on a direct shot off of a penalty corner for her fourth goal of the season. Chipman added her second goal of the game with no time remaining on the clock to give the Lady Flames the 4-2 win. Sarah Gipe also scored for Liberty, with Helen Doolittle recording the assist. Liberty outshot the Colonials, 15-3, and earned 14 penalty corners to Robert Morris' two.

In Sunday's 3-1 triumph over La Salle, Gipe scored her team-leading sixth and seventh goals of the season less than four minutes into the first half, giving Liberty the early 2-0 lead. Barr pushed the Lady Flames' lead to 3-0, scoring on a penalty stroke in the second half for her fifth goal of the season. The Explorers' lone goal of the game came with just 27 seconds remaining in the contest.  Liberty tallied 21 shots and six penalty corners, while La Salle notched nine shots and four penalty corners. Brooke Morley stopped seven shots for the Lady Flames. Ashlee Krulock and Hannah Doherty each recorded an assist in the match.

Gipe and Barr lead the way in scoring for the Lady Flames with seven and five goals, respectively. Barr has fired a team leading 33 shots, while Gipe has 22 and Abbey Basom has 20. Jones paces Liberty with three assists. Morley currently has 48 saves, while surrendering 18 goals.

Gipe is ranked 25th nationally and second in the NorPac Conference with 0.78 goals per game. Barr is second in the conference with 1.57 points per game, while Gipe is third with 1.56.

Liberty ranks second in the conference and 16th nationally with 8.22 penalty corners per contest.

A Look at Saint Louis
The Billikens defeated Ball State, 3-2, for their first win of the season on Sunday. Saint Louis holds an overall record of 1-9.
Saint Louis erased a 1-0 deficit to Ball State with three second-half goals. Tori Lycett, Lexie Lindblad and Corrine Murphy each tallied a goal for the Billikens. Saint Louis goalie Megan Depew-Brady notched six saves.

For the season, Lycett tops the Billikens with four goals, while Lindblad and Lisa Smith each have three. Depew-Brady has allowed 38 goals, while stopping 51 would-be goals.

A Look at Missouri State
Missouri State enters Sunday's matchup with a 3-6 overall record, including a 1-0 mark in the MAC. The Bears split a pair of games last weekend, topping Ball State, 4-2, and falling to #18 Ohio State, 10-1.

Hillary Lawless scored twice in the win over Ball State. Olivia Nicotera and Reiann Stoute also found the back of the cage for the Bears. In goal, Katie Mulloy recorded three saves and surrendered two goals.

Against Ohio State, the Bears fell behind, 8-0, before notching their only goal of the contest mid-way through the second half in the 10-1 defeat. The Buckeyes outshot the Bears, 23-11, and earned six penalty corners to Missouri State's four.

Lawless leads the bears with five goals on the season. Nicotera is second with three goals on just three shots. Mulloy and Andrea Bain have split time in goal so far this season. Bain has surrendered 17 goals, while saving 27 shots in seven games. Mulloy has stopped 34 shots and allowed 24 goals in six games of action.

The Bears have eight defensive saves this season, which is good for second in the country. Stoute is ranked first in the nation with five defensive saves.

Looking Ahead
The Lady Flames return to Liberty Mountain next weekend for the first two games of a six-game home stretch, beginning with a contest against the Villanova Wildcats on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. Liberty then welcomes VCU on Oct. 7 for a 2 p.m. matchup.