Liberty to Open ASUN Lacrosse Championship Play on Thursday
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No. 2 seed Liberty will begin postseason competition in the semifinals of the 2021 ASUN Lacrosse Championship on Thursday against No. 3 seed Kennesaw State.
First draw between the Lady Flames (9-8, 2-1 ASUN) and Owls (5-9, 1-2 ASUN) is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. Kennesaw State is the host for this year's conference tournament.
Liberty is making its second-ever appearance in the ASUN Lacrosse Championship. The Lady Flames earned the second seed by going 2-1 in ASUN regular season games, including a head-to-head victory (17-6 score) over Kennesaw State on April 16 in Lynchburg.
Thursday's first semifinal (1 p.m.) will feature No. 1 seed and regular season champion No. 17 Jacksonville (9-1, 3-0 ASUN) and No. 4 seed Stetson (1-7, 0-3 ASUN). Jacksonville is the three-time defending ASUN champion and has won six of the last seven ASUN Lacrosse Championship crowns.
The championship game will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. The entire ASUN Championship can be seen on ESPN+.
Below is the schedule for the championship:
2021 ASUN Lacrosse Championship – Fifth Third Bank Stadium – Kennesaw, Ga.
Thursday, May 6 – Semifinals
Game 1 – No. 1 seed Jacksonville vs. No. 4 seed Stetson, 1 p.m. – ESPN+
Game 2 – No. 2 seed Liberty vs. No. 3 seed Kennesaw State, 4 p.m. – ESPN+
Saturday, May 8 – Final
Game 3 – Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m. – ESPN+
History in ASUN Championship/Series History
Liberty is making its second appearance in the ASUN Championship. The Lady Flames went 1-1 in the 2019 ASUN Lacrosse Championship. Liberty defeated Coastal Carolina 18-8 in the semifinals before falling 20-18 to top-seeded Jacksonville in the title game. The championship was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lady Flames have played in two conference tournament finals, also including the 2015 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship title game.
Liberty is 2-0 all-time versus Kennesaw State. The Lady Flames topped the Owls 17-6, April 16 on Senior Day at the Liberty Lacrosse Field. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in postseason play.
The Lady Flames are still in search of their first victory against the Jacksonville Dolphins. Jacksonville defeated Liberty 22-11 at home on April 25 and has won each of the seven meetings in the all-time series. Liberty is 3-0 all-time against Stetson, including a 2-0 mark in ASUN games. The Lady Flames knocked off the Hatters by an 18-9 score, April 23.
Lady Flames News and Notes
• Liberty featured eight ASUN weekly award winners, this spring. The Lady Flames swept the honors four times (Feb. 24, March 3, April 14 and April 21).
• Liberty is currently No. 2 in the country in caused turnovers per game (12.94) and No. 3 in ground balls per game (22.06).
• The Lady Flames are led on the defensive end by senior Sarah Steenson, who ranks 13th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.19). She leads the team with 35 caused turnovers this season and is third in program history with 103 career caused turnovers.
• Liberty goalkeeper Jennifer Soriero ranks 12th in the country in ground balls per game (3.47). She paces the squad with 59 ground balls, which is the second most of any player in a season in program history. Soriero is three ground balls away from tying program record holder Carly White (62 ground balls, 2019).
• Attacker Brooke Bryan leads the team in goals (42) and points (46) and ranks 33rd in the nation in goals. Bryan is the program's all-time leader in single-season free-position goals with 16 this year.
• Liberty is 9-1 when scoring 10 or more goals this season and 0-7 when scoring in single digits.
• A win in the semifinals on Thursday would give Liberty its third straight double-digit win season (excluding a shortened 2020 campaign).
• The 2021 ASUN Conference Lacrosse Postseason Honors and Awards will be unveiled next week after the championship.