Liberty to Face No. 11 James Madison in Road Game, Wednesday Evening
Liberty will face No. 11 James Madison in a road game, Wednesday evening. Game time is 6 p.m. at Sentara Park in Harrisonburg, Va.
This will be the Lady Flames’ first road match since March 20 and last non-conference contest of the season. Liberty (8-5, 2-0 ASUN) is coming off a 22-9 home ASUN triumph against Stetson over the weekend. Meanwhile, JMU (9-4) has won six straight games. The Dukes topped Elon 18-2 at home in their most recent action, last Saturday.
Lady Flames News and Notes
• The Lady Flames are 0-2 all-time versus the Dukes. The two teams last met on April 1, 2021 at the Liberty Lacrosse Field. No. 23-ranked JMU prevailed 8-5. At the time, the three-goal setback was Liberty’s closest ever loss to a ranked team. Since then, the Lady Flames nearly defeated No. 7 Duke, falling 8-7 this season (March 29).
• Liberty midfielder Mackenzie Lehman earned ASUN Player of the Week honors, Tuesday. This is the sophomore’s second career player of the week accolade. Lehman tallied a career-best six goals last Saturday versus Stetson and added a game-high nine draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.
• A win over JMU would be Liberty’s first ranked win in program history. This is the third game the Lady Flames will play against a ranked squad in 2022. Liberty faced No. 12 Florida (14-6 home loss, March 9), and No. 7 Duke (8-7 home loss, March 29).
• Liberty is among others receiving votes for a second straight week in the IL Women/IWLCA Division I poll, which lists the top 25 teams in the country.
• The Lady Flames rank No. 2 nationally in caused turnovers per game (13.77) and No. 4 in ground balls per game (21.31). Liberty matched a season high with 21 caused turnovers against Stetson, last Saturday.
• Liberty’s strong defense has featured three ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honorees so far this spring: Alexa Evernham (April 5), Mia Toscano (March 29) and Mikayla Coghill (March 15). Evernham leads the ASUN and ranks No. 11 in the country in caused turnovers per game (2.00). Toscano paces the league in ground balls per game (3.00) and is 12th in the nation in the category.
• Liberty is listed at No. 52 in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse RPI, while James Madison is No. 9. The Dukes have four ranked victories in 2022, including a 13-8 road win at No. 3 Maryland on March 26.
• JMU won the national title in 2018, defeating Boston College 16-15 in the championship game. Since then, the Dukes have posted a 42-14 combined record. Liberty is 35-22 over its last four seasons.
• After Wednesday’s game, the Lady Flames will play an ASUN road game at Coastal Carolina (5-7, 1-1 ASUN) on Saturday at noon.