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Liberty qualifies for field hockey playoffs

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s field hockey team is right at the top of the EPC standings and they hope it stays that way with the end of the regular season coming this week.

The Hurricanes (14-2) are third in District 11 and second in the EPC with two games left on the schedule.

Staying in the second or third spot is important for the Hurricanes, as it would clear a path to the finals without having to deal with Emmaus (16-0) in an earlier round.

With a nonleague contest at home against Lehighton on Tuesday, followed by Wednesday’s regular season finale against Freedom, Liberty is primed to enter the league tournament humming with a potential 12-game winning streak.

“Currently, we would be seeded second [in EPC], but that could change depending on what happens this week,” said head coach Mary Kate Omdahl. I believe we are starting to gel as a team at the right time. Our communication and team awareness has grown since our earlier losses.”

The last time Liberty lost was on September 18 in a 1-0 defeat at Pocono Mountain East. Since then, they’ve reeled off 10 straight wins, including Monday’s 5-1 win over East Stroudsburg South.

“We are focusing on finishing our regular season strong and then coming into the playoffs on a high note,” said Omdahl. “The senior leadership has had to take center stage after the losses and we are relying on their post season playoff experience to give us a strong backbone.”

Bethlehem Catholic (6-10) and Freedom (3-13) are both out of any postseason races.

The Golden Hawks have won two straight, knocking off Freedom 3-1 on Monday and hope to finish their year with a win over Dieruff on Wednesday.