April 5, 2011

Farrell's Big Day Leads No. 4 Limestone Over Lees-McRae

from press release

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Freshman midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) delivered a command performance as she recorded nine goals and had a total of 11 points as  No. 4 Limestone (11-0, 5-0 CC) routed Lees-McRae (2-7, 0-4 CC) in a Division II women’s lacrosse game on Tuesday, April 5.

Farrell and senior attacker Kaitlyn Liccion (Auburn, N.Y.) dominated the Saints offense as they combined for the first six goals of the game as Limestone built an insurmountable 14-0 lead with 5:38 remaining in the first half. Lees-McRae would get on the board a minute later as Emily Guenthner found the back of the net and then scored again in the first two minutes of the second half to make it 14-2.

Back-to-back scores by Farrell, the first of four second half goals, and freshman midfielder Jessica Aguanno (Delray Beach, Fla.) then pushed the lead to 16-2 before Guenthner struck again at 24:15. Trailing 19-3 Olivia Gudewich would pick up a goal at the 11:12 mark but the Bobcats would have no other offensive opportunities as Aguanno and Farrell combined to score the last three goals to close out the 22-4 victory.

Emily Guenthner tallied three goals and added a game-high five ground balls and three draw controls to lead Lees-McRae while Olivia Gudewich had the only other score. Anna DeLuke finished with four ground balls and three draw controls and keeper Martha Peacock surrendered all 22 goals to fall to 2-7.

Katie Farrell’s nine goals were the most by a Limestone player since current assistant coach and former All-American Lauryn Wise delivered nine scores against Queens on April 1, 2009. With two assists, Farrell’s 11 points are the most in the past five years, surpassing nine by Wise and Melissa Howard (2/21/07 vs. Lees-McRae). Single game records prior to 2007 are incomplete. To make her performance even more impressive, Farrell accomplished the feat by converting on all nine shot attempts.

Joining Farrell in the assault on the record books was freshman attacker Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada). Unlike her fellow freshman though, Oor made her mark setting up the majority of the offense as she dished out eight assists and added a pair of goals. Her eight assists are by far the most since 2007 as Melissa Howard (twice) and Kelly Lickert had each had six assists in a game during their careers.

Kaitlyn Liccion nearly equaled her career total (7) as she recorded a career-high five goals on seven shots while Jessica Aguanno notched a hat trick and came away with three draw controls. Junior attacker Lindsay Malecki added a pair of goals and four caused turnovers and senior attacker Casey Wilcox (Liverpool, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring a single goal.

Senior defender Melissa Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) anchored the defense with ground balls while starting goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) played 18:17 and made one save to earn her 11th  straight victory. Junior keeper Brigid Milchling (Cockysville, Md.) saw the lions share of the playing time as she was in net for the remaining 41:47. She made a pair of saves and allowed only four goals.

Limestone returns to action on Saturday, April 9 when they travel to nearby Belmont Abbey for a 12 p.m. contest.

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