March 7, 2011

Limestone Tunes Up for West Chester

from press release

GAFFNEY, S.C. – Five players scored a pair of goals as No. 4 Limestone (5-0, 2-0 CC) posted an 11-7 victory over Shippensburg (1-1, 0-0 PSAC) in a Division II women’s lacrosse game on Monday, March 7.

Sophomore midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) got the Saints on the board in the first minute of play with her seventh goal of the year before an unassisted goal by the Red Raiders’ Karen Schnurr and a free-position score from Lindsey Kenneday gave Shippensburg a 2-1 advantage at the 27:20 mark. It would be their only one of the game, however, as Limestone answered back with four straight goals to regain the lead at 5-2 with 13:59 to play.

Junior midfielder Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.) started that stretch with her third goal of the year and was followed by freshman attacker Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada), sophomore midfielder Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and senior attacker Casey Wilcox (Liverpool, N.Y.).

Kennedy scored the second of her game-high five goals with 9:28 to play in the half to pull SU back to within 5-3 before an unassisted goal by junior attacker Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) pushed it back to a three-goal margin. Kennedy and Treat would then each notch a goal to make it 7-4 heading into the half.

Howard and Oor scored back-to-back goals to open the second half and push the lead to 9-4 before the Red Raiders scored three of the next four goals, two by Kennedy, to narrow the margin to 10-7 with 2:28 remaining in the game. That would be as close as they would get though as the combination of Howard to Prager put the game out of reach with an 11th goal with 47 seconds left.

Lindsey Kennedy converted on five of her seven shots and added three ground balls and three caused turnovers to lead the way for Shippensburg while Karen Schnurr finished with two goals on as many shots. Bennett Widlake and Ali Cross accounted for the only assists on the day with one apiece. Cross added a game-high seven draw controls and Meghan Kearney allowed all 11 goals and made nine saves to take the loss in goal and fall to 1-1.

Chelsea Treat was one of five Limestone players to record two goals, pushing her team-leading total to 14 on the season, and also added four ground balls while Brittany Howard had two goals, an assist, two ground balls and a pair of draw controls. Sarah Oor, Jessie Aguglia and Raquel Prager were the other three Saints with two goals apiece. Casey Wilcox had the only other score of the day.

Sophomore goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) made nine saves and allowed seven goals in 60 minutes of action to earn the victory in net and improve to 5-0.

Limestone is next in action when they travel to Salem, Va. for a monumental matchup with No. 5 West Chester. Last season, the Golden Rams ended the Saints season, 12-11, with a goal in the final two seconds of the NCAA National Semifinal. This year’s contest is slated for Thursday, March 10 at 11 a.m.

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