Rick Voight

Field Hockey Plays Liberty in Big East Semifinal

November 01, 2017
By ODU Athletics
Old Dominion (8-9, 5-2 Big East) vs. Liberty (7-10, 5-2 Big East)
Game Info Friday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. ET
Location Providence, R.I. (Lennon Family Field)
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Tournament Links Tournament Central | BigEast.com


NORFOLK, Va. -- 
The Old Dominion field hockey team takes on No. 2 seed Liberty in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament on Friday at 4 p.m. in Providence, Rhode Island.

Old Dominion (8-9, 5-2 Big East), the No. 3 seed, fell to the Flames (7-10, 5-2 Big East), 3-1, earlier this season in Lynchburg. Overall, the all-time series is tied, 2-2.

The Monarchs enter the tournament having won four consecutive Big East games, including a pair of shutouts. In seven conference games this season, ODU is averaging 2.71 goals per game. 

In Big East play, Danielle Grega and Erin Huffman, who were both named to the All-Big East First Team on Thursday, lead the team in scoring with five and four goals, respectively. Overall, Huffman leads the team in scoring for the season with 11 goals and one assist, while Grega ranks second with seven goals and five assists.

In addition to Grega and Huffman, senior midfielder Julia Van Dorsten also earned All-Big East honors, landing on the second team. Van Dorsten ranks second on the team with eight assists. Freshman back Cameran Nery-Strickland leads the squad with 10 assists.

Defensively, the backline of Kristen Vick, Rebecca Birch and Nery-Strickland have started the last 12 games together, while freshman goalkeeper Lacey Frazier has started the last six games in goal and leads the team with a 2.30 goals against average.

ODU, who failed to qualify for the Big East Tournament last season, last appeared in a Big East Tourney in 2016, when ODU dropped a tough match to eventual champion UConn, 4-3, in Norfolk.

With a win, ODU would advance to play the winner of No. 1 seed UConn and No. 4 seed Providence in the championship on Sunday.

For more information on the Big East Tournament, head to the Tournament Central page.

ABOUT LIBERTY
The Lady Flames finished 5-2 in the BIG EAST for a second straight season. Liberty's conference wins came over Old Dominion, Providence, Villanova, Georgetown and Temple, while the Lady Flames fell to UConn and Quinnipiac. First Team All-Big East selection Agueda Moroni leads the team in scoring with 18 goals.


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