Liberty to Play Road Contest at No. 4 Notre Dame, Friday Evening
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Liberty will play a road game at No. 4 Notre Dame, Friday evening, in what will be the second time in program history that the Lady Flames have faced a top-five opponent. Game time is 5 p.m. at Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.
Liberty (4-3) brings a three-game winning streak into the showdown against the No. 4 Irish. The only other top-five foe the Lady Flames have ever faced was No. 3 North Carolina on Feb. 15, 2012. Liberty defeated Old Dominion 14-8 last Wednesday at William & Mary 20-16 on Saturday, both on the road.
No. 4 Notre Dame (2-2) is looking to snap a two-game losing skid. Both losses came on the road to No. 2 Syracuse, with the most recent setback coming last Sunday (15-12 final). The Irish are ranked fourth in the nation in both the IWLCA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Poll.
Liberty trails Notre Dame 3-0 in the all-time series. The two schools last met on Feb. 17, 2019 in what was the first time the Irish had ever competed at Liberty in any sport. The Lady Flames fell 14-10 in that game, but their 10 goals in that contest are still the most they have ever scored against a ranked opponent to date. The Irish have been nationally ranked in each of the three all-time meetings: No. 20 (2019), No. 8 (2017) and No. 6 (2016).
Lady Flames News and Notes
• The Lady Flames rank first in the country in caused turnovers per game (17.14) and second in ground balls per game (27.00).
• Liberty goalkeeper Jennifer Soriero is third in the nation in ground balls per game (4.29). Senior defender Sarah Steenson ranks 11th in the country at 2.50 caused turnovers per game.
• Liberty fifth-year senior captain Carly White scored her 100th career goal, last Saturday at William & Mary, becoming the eighth player in program history to reach the 100-goal mark. White is closing in on the program record for career draw controls. She is second in school history with 208 draw controls, trailing only Brianna McCaffrey (233 draw controls, 2016-19).
• After a slow start to the season offensively (8.75 goals per game through four games), Liberty is averaging 17.33 goals per game over its last three contests. The Lady Flames featured four players with 10 or more goals, including Brooke Bryan (14), Leah Ruby (13), Mia Toscano (10) and Jordan Sheive (10).
• A win would be Liberty's first-ever victory over a ranked opponent.
•The Lady Flames have had a better clearing percentage and more ground balls than their opponents in six of seven games. Liberty has outshot its opposition in five of seven games (one tie).