March 4, 2011

No. 4 Limestone Ready to Host No. 9 Gannon

from press release

GAFFNEY, S.C. – Having passed their first true test of the young season, No. 4 Limestone (3-0, 2-0 CC) will face yet another ranked opponent this weekend as they host No. 9 Gannon (3-0, 0-0 PSAC) on Saturday, March 5 in a Division II women's lacrosse game. Game time is slated for 12 p.m.

Team Capsules
No. 4 Limestone College
2011 Record: 3-0, 2-0
2010 Record: 18-2, 7-0 (Conference Carolinas)
Fourth-ranked Limestone enters their second Top-10 matchup of the week following a narrow 12-9 victory over No. 6 Mercyhurst on Wednesday, March 3.

In that game, the Saints trailed for the first and only time this season as the Lakers struck early in their first game of the year with a goal 20 seconds into the contest. Undeterred, the Saints would battle back throughout the first half, tying the game at 1-1 on a goal by freshman midfielder Jessica Aguanno (Delray Beach, Fla.). Sophomore midfielder Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) netted the next two goals while Aguanno scored her second to stake Limestone to a 4-1 lead.

Two more goals before the half, including one with 12 seconds to go by Treat, gave the Saints a 6-1 advantage heading into the break. After junior attacker Racquel Prager's (Seaford, N.Y.) second goal made it 7-1 at the start of the final 30 minutes, Mercyhurst battled back to within 7-3 before Limestone extended their lead to 9-3 and 11-4.

At that point, the Lakers came storming back with four straight goals to narrow the gap to 11-8 before Aguanno squelched the rally with her third goal of the game to make it 12-8. A late Hurst goal would provide the final margin.

Raquel Prager and Chelsea Treat headline the Saints offensive attack as they lead the team both in points with 10 and nine goals apiece. Jessica Aguanno is second in both categories with seven points, all of them goals, while sophomore midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) has five goals and seven points. Freshman attacker Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) also has five goals and senior attacker Casey Wilcox (Liverpool, N.Y.) leads the team with four assists.

Defensively, senior defender Erin Growney (Rochester, N.Y.) continues to lead the club with 11 ground balls and second in caused turnovers with three. She trails only senior defender Melissa Nakasuji who has four. Sophomore goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) leads the team in goal with a perfect 3-0 record and a 5.71 goals against average in 105 minutes of action.

On the season, Limestone has outshot the competition by an impressive94-43 margin and holds a 51-13 scoring advantage.

No. 9 Gannon College
2011 Record: 3-0, 0-0
2010 Record: 12-7, 6-4 (PSAC)
The Golden Knights are 3-0 on the season and are nearly an honorary member of Conference Carolinas as all three victories have come against member schools. After opening with a 23-6 win over Erskine on February 26, Gannon has escaped with a pair of narrow victories over Pfeiffer and Queens. Against the Falcons, the Golden Knights posted a 16-14 decision on March 1 before slipping past the Royals 12-10.

Mary Eshenour has opened the season with an offensive explosion as she has an incredible 17 goals through three games. That same point total leads the team in that category while Jess Fugate is second on the club with 10 goals and 13 points. Rachel DerCola has six goals and six assists for 12 points and Caitlyn Fisher is tied for the team lead with six assists. Sarah Grzybinski has added eight goals on the year.

Margaret Maslyn has played all 180 minutes in goal this season and has a10.00 goals against average. She has made 27 saves on the season on her way to a 3-0 record.

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