Liberty Defeats No. 10 Stanford, 2-1, to Claim 2013 NorPac Championship

NOVEMBER 9, 2013 – RADFORD, Va. – The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team upset No. 10 Stanford, 2-1, claiming the NorPac Championship title and a berth in the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament on Saturday afternoon from LU Field Hockey Field. Natalie Barr scored both goals for the Lady Flames, including the game winner with 3:49 left in the game.

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The Lady Flames won their 12th game in a row and improve to 17-4 this season. The Cardinal, who held significant advantages in shots (14-8) and corners (11-2) fall to 16-5.

Liberty accomplished the feat just three years after the berth of its program in 2011. The Lady Flames will be appearing in one of three play-in games on Wednesday. Liberty will learn its opponent and where they will be playing tomorrow night at 6 p.m. when the tournament field is announced.

Following a scoreless first half, the game opened up when Stanford was forced to play a man-down for five minutes when it was issued a yellow card at 55:12. Liberty capitalized on the opportunity and scored a goal at 57:23 to take a 1-0 lead. Positioned just outside the top of the circle, Serena Barr sent a hard pass into the circle to Natalie Barr, who redirected the feed into the right side of the cage past a diving Davies.

The Cardinal broke through when Alex McCawley scored in the 65th minute on Stanford’s 11th penalty corner opportunity of the game. Positioned on the right side of the goal, McCawley received a pass from Chisholm and drilled a shot into the back of the cage and tying the game at one-all.

However, Natalie Barr responded less than two minutes later at 66:11 with her second of the game. Her backhand shot from the center of the circle into the left corner of the goal gave Liberty a 2-1 lead.

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