Liberty Lacrosse Looks to Bounce Back in the 2013 Season

Senior Jillian Krick, along with freshmen Melanie Via, Kelly Garrett, Meghan Hammond and Tori Schuler will add solid depth on the defensive side of the field for the Lady Flames. Freshman Lindsey Spence had a strong fall season, but is currently battling injuries.

"Having an experienced veteran like Chloe on defense this year will be a huge plus for us," commented Denham. "I'm really happy with how well Amber and Jen have adjusted from playing in the midfield last year to strengthening our defensive unit this season. Our younger players are displaying a great desire to learn and improve their defensive game and I expect them to continue to get stronger as the season progresses."

McIntosh has been a mainstay in the Liberty lineup since the program's inception in 2010. The Texas native has played and started in 48 career games and is the current program leader in ground balls with 110. Last year, McIntosh finished second on the team in ground balls (42) and caused turnovers (19) and ranked 17th in the country with 2.63 ground balls per game.

Nichols saw playing time in 16 games last season, making 12 starts. The tri-captain concluded the season tied for fourth on the team in points (22), fifth in goals (13), second in assists (9) and third in draw controls (21).

A year ago, Moyer was tied for fourth on the team with 25 ground balls and 20 draw controls. The junior also notched 11 caused turnovers, which was good for fifth on the squad.

Goalkeeper
Two-year starter Masullo returns as Liberty's starting goalkeeper this season, while sophomore Kristin Boland will add solid depth in goal for Liberty. Freshman Juliann Elmer will see limited action this season due to injury.

Masullo started all 17 games in goal last season, while tallying 12 complete games. The junior finished the season with 179 saves, ranking her third in the country, and averaged 10.53 saves per game, which was good for second in the nation.

"Both of our goalies have made great strides since the beginning of fall practice and both have come a long way," mentioned Denham. "Kristen Masullo and Kristin Boland have both been playing well and will continue to push each other to play better this season."

A Look at the Lady Flames' Schedule
In addition to its Big South lineup of games, Liberty's schedule is highlighted by home contests against Navy and Virginia Tech, as well as road match-ups with Big East foe Cincinnati and George Mason.

Overall, the Lady Flames will play nine contests at the friendly confines of the Liberty Lacrosse Field and eight road games.

"We are really excited about this year's schedule," commented Denham. "We are looking forward to being a part of the Big South and being able to help grow the conference. Our schedule gives us an opportunity to play some tough non-conference opponents as well as some new teams we haven't seen in previous seasons."

Liberty opens the 2013 season on the road at Stetson on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The match-up marks the earliest season opener for the Lady Flames.

The Lady Flames return to Lynchburg for their home opener against three-time defending Patriot League champion Navy on Feb. 16.

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2013-02-09



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