Lacrosse Faces Liberty University on Thursday
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March 13, 2013

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati's women's lacrosse squad returns to Nippert Stadium for their second home match of the season as they play host to Liberty University. The Bearcats are coming off a 13-12 triple overtime loss to the Iona College Gaels, while the Lady Flames have won three matches in a row.

Liberty at Cincinnati Preview with UC Head Coach Gina Oliver

On the loss to Iona, what the team took away from the game and she learned about her team in that match?

"We learned a lot from that game. Our leaders are learning how and when to step up, and they are continuing to take action. Our team doesn't quit. We were down by 4 goals late in the game, and we never gave up. Now we have to work to get ourselves playing our game from start to finish."

On her thoughts about this week's two matches and what the Bearcats have to do to go 2-0 this week:

"We are focused on Thursday right now. It's one game at a time. We have to take what we learned in our last two games, and implement those lessons to get better for Thursday. Sunday's game is even a topic discussed in our locker room. We are focused solely on Liberty."

On the play of Kylie Ramsland over the last two matches:

"Kylie has been a tremendous leader for our team. She continues to grow and get better as a leader and a player. She consistently gives 100% and that is what we expect from her."

On whether the program not having more than three wins since 2010 is on the team's mind:

" It's hard not to have winning on your mind. However, we are focused on getting better every day and changing the culture of our program. If, and when we do that, winning will come.  "

On the first quarter and what Oliver expects moving forward:

"The first quarter had its ups and downs, but we are learning. Our girls are beginning to believe in each other and expect more of themselves. They are invested and that is what is going to make us better. We have a tough road ahead, but we are definitely ready for the challenge."

 

THE MATCHUP

The Bearcats (2-2) return to Nippert Stadium to host the Liberty Lady Flames (4-2). The Bearcats' second home contest of the season is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

THE BEARCATS-FLAMES SERIES

This is the second meeting between the Bearcats and Flames. The first time these two squads met was March 3, 2012 when the Bearcats escaped Lynchburg with a 13-8 victory led by Marissa Pierson's four-goal effort. Six other Bearcats scored in the win over the Flames.

BRING THE HEAT: SCOUTING THE FLAMES

-The Lady Flames are 4-2 this year. They have notched wins against Stetson, Delaware St., St. Francis (PA), and Wagner, while falling to Navy and Lafayette.

-Liberty has three double-digit scorers. Nina Dunay leads the Lady Flames with 14 goals on the season, followed closely by Morgan Becker's 13 and Kallie Britton's 11 goals.

-Goalkeeper Kristen Masullo has faced 122 shots and made 56 saves for a .560 save percentage. She has started 5 out of 6 games in cage for the Lady Flames.

-Liberty is averaging 12.5 goals per game on a .463 shooting percentage.

-The Lady Flames are giving up an average of 9.00 goals per game and have forced 54 turnovers so far this season.

-Regan Denham is Liberty's first and only lacrosse coach. This is Coach Denham's fourth season with the Flames since the program's inception in the spring of 2010.

LAST TIME OUT: TRIPLE OVERTIME HEARTBREAK

The Bearcats traveled to New Rochelle, N.Y. to face the Iona Gaels this past Saturday. In a seesaw game consisting of several lead changes, the Gaels eventually went up 12-8 it seemed the game was out of reach for the Bearcats. In the last seven minutes of regulation, the Bearcats stormed back using a 4-0 run, led by two Taylor Young goals, and accompanied by one each from Kylie Ramsland and Courtney Curtis, to send the game to overtime. After two scoreless overtime periods, a third (sudden death) was needed and the Gaels were able to slip one past goalkeeper Meg Gulmi with 1:38 to play in the third overtime.

QUITE AN HONOR

Bearcats midfielder Kylie Ramsland was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. She scored 8 goals, 10 overall points, this week against opponents Niagara and Iona. She scored four goals in each match, the game high in each match. Ramsland has a .667 shooting percentage and leads the BIG EAST in draw controls per game at 5.00 and free-position goals per game at 1.25.

CLIMBING THE RANKS

Several Bearcats are ranked number one or close to the top of various statistical categories this week. Coming in to Thursday's competition Kylie Ramsland is No. 1 in the BIG EAST and No. 12 in the nation in draw controls per game with 5.00. She also leads the BIG EAST in free-position goals per game with 1.25 per game and ranks 39th in the nation in goals per game (2.75). Goaltender Meg Gulmi is No. 1 in the conference and 18th in the nation in saves per game with 8.50 per game. Taylor Young, Kelsey Conway and Ashley Helmrath also made the top ten in various statistical categories, including assists per game, goals per game, ground balls per game and shots per game.