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    No. 2 Seed Liberty Set for ASUN Women’s Lacrosse Championship in Jacksonville

    May 3, 2022 | Lynchburg Va | Lacrosse

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    No. 2 seed Liberty will begin its postseason journey in the semifinals of the 2022 ASUN Women’s Lacrosse Championship versus No. 3 seed Kennesaw State, Thursday. Game time is 4 p.m. at Jacksonville’s Rock Stadium.

    Liberty finished the regular season with a 10-7 mark and 4-1 ASUN record. Meanwhile, KSU sports an 11-6 mark and 3-2 ASUN record. This is the second straight year that the two teams will meet in the ASUN Tournament semifinals, and they are seeded the same as they were in 2021.

    Liberty topped KSU 16-7 last Saturday in its regular season finale in Kennesaw, Ga. to earn the second seed. Thursday’s game will be the second matchup in six days between the two squads.

    Thursday’s other semifinal (1 p.m.) will feature No. 1 seed and regular season champion No. 20 Jacksonville (11-4, 5-0 ASUN) and No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina (6-10, 2-3 ASUN). The JU Dolphins are the four-time defending ASUN champions and have won seven of the last eight ASUN Tournament titles.

    The championship game will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. Each of the three games this weekend (two semifinals, final) can be seen on ESPN+. The winner of the ASUN Championship will receive an automatic bid to the 2022 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

    Below is the schedule for the championship:

    2022 ASUN Women’s Lacrosse Championship – Rock Stadium – Jacksonville, Fla.
    Thursday, May 5 – Semifinals
    Game 1 – No. 1 seed/No. 20 Jacksonville (11-4, 5-0 ASUN) vs. No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina (6-10, 2-3 ASUN), 1 p.m. – ESPN+
    Game 2 – No. 2 seed Liberty (10-7, 4-1 ASUN) vs. No. 3 seed Kennesaw State (11-6, 3-2 ASUN), 4 p.m. – ESPN+

    Saturday, May 7 – Final
    Game 3 – Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m. – ESPN+

    History in ASUN Championship/Series History
    Liberty is making its third appearance in the ASUN Championship, earning the No. 2 seed in each instance. The Lady Flames are 2-2 all-time at the ASUN Tournament.

    Liberty went 1-1 at the 2021 ASUN Lacrosse Championship. The Lady Flames bested No. 3 seed Kennesaw State 23-11 in the semifinals before falling 13-8 to No. 1 seed Jacksonville in the championship game.

    The championship was not contested in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Liberty also posted a 1-1 mark at the ASUN Tournament. The Lady Flames bested No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina 18-8 in the semifinal round before falling to top-seeded Jacksonville by a 20-18 score in the title game.

    Liberty has played in three conference tournament finals, also including the 2015 Big South Women’s Lacrosse Championship title game. If Liberty were to win the ASUN title this weekend, it would be the first conference title in program history.

    Liberty is 4-0 all-time against Kennesaw State and 1-0 versus the Owls in postseason play. The Lady Flames downed the Owls 23-11 in last year’s ASUN semifinals.

    Liberty is in search of its first victory against the Jacksonville Dolphins. JU topped Liberty 20-7 on April 23 and has won each of the nine meetings in the all-time series. Liberty is 7-3 all-time against Coastal Carolina and has won four straight in the series. The Lady Flames downed the Chanticleers 18-11, April 16 in Conway, S.C. in the last meeting.

    Lady Flames News and Notes
    • Liberty featured six ASUN weekly award winners, this spring. The Lady Flames received four ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honors and two Player of the Week honors. Mia Toscano was the only player to receive multiple awards, as she was tabbed ASUN Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions.
    • The Lady Flames are currently among the top five nationally in caused turnovers per game (No. 2, 12.94) and ground balls per game (No. 4, 20.65). Liberty features three players in the top 35 nationally in caused turnovers per game: Alexa Evernham (No. 24, 1.65, ASUN leader), Hannah Quast (No. 27, 1.59) and Mia Toscano (No. 35, 1.50).
    • Liberty goalkeeper Jennifer Soriero leads the conference and is No. 30 in the nation in ground balls per game (2.62). Toscano is close behind at 2.56 ground balls per game, good for the 35th best mark in the country.
    • Liberty’s balanced offensive attack is paced by Mackenzie Lehman (37 g, 12 a, 49 pts). Jordan Baerga (35 goals) and Brooke Bryan (31 goals) are the Lady Flames’ other 30-goal scorers. Liberty features nine players with 12 or more goals.
    • Liberty’s 16-7 win over KSU in the ASUN regular season finale gave the Lady Flames their fourth straight double-digit win season (excluding a shortened 2020 campaign).
    • The Lady Flames have won their four meetings with the Owls by an average of nine goals per game (72 goals to 36 goals).
    • Liberty has faced four top-25 foes so far in 2022: No. 7 Duke (home, March 29), No. 11 James Madison (road, April 13), No. 12 Florida (home, March 9) and No. 22 Jacksonville (home, April 23). Liberty is in search of its first ranked win in program history.