March 24, 2013

McLellan and Limestone Lock Down Lock Haven

from press release

GAFFNEY, S.C. – Senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan(East Lyme, Conn.) tamed an offense that was averaging more than 20 goals a game as No. 3 Limestone (9-1, 2-0 CC) downed T-No. 11 Lock Haven (3-1, 0-0 PSAC) 11-7 in an NCAA Division II women's lacrosse game on Sunday, March 24.

McLellan played all 60 minutes between the pipes, making three saves and allowing just seven goals to go along with five groundballs to improve to 9-1 on the year. She was joined by senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and junior attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada), each of whom had two goals and a pair of assists.

Sophomore midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) added two goals and an assist and senior midfieldersChelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and Chelsea Hargett(Ithaca, N.Y.) each had a pair of scores. Junior midfielderKatie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) had the only other Limestone offense with a solo goal and added a pair of draw controls. Junior midfielder Maia Czarnecki (Oswego, N.Y.) chipped in with a game-high tying five groundballs.

Playing on a slick field the entire game with temperatures in the low 40s, both teams found the footing treacherous but one was still able to ignite their offense. That would be the Saints as they got on the board with a McCarrick goal at 26:34 before a Jessica Pandolf goal for LHU knotted it a 1-1.

From there, it would be all Limestone as they rattled off eight straight goals over the next 27:33 to take a commanding 9-1 advantage. Following that ninth goal by Hargett to begin the second half, the Saints would not manage any more offense for a while but did continue to clamp down on offense.

It would be nearly another 12 minutes before LHU got back on the board as Chelsea Borrino converted on a free-position attempt at 16:54. Less than a minute later she found Jenna Dingler for the Lady Eagles third goal to cut the deficit to 9-3. Back-to-back goals by Treat and Queener then pushed the margin to a healthy 11-3 with 11:18 on the clock.

At that point, Lock Haven managed to find their offense as a Taylor Klunk free-position conversion at 10:53 kicked off a string of four straight goals over an 8:32 stretch to narrow the gap to 11-7 with 2:21 left. That would be as close as they would get, however, as Limestone's defense went into lockdown after that and secured the four-goal victory.

Borrino led the way for the Lady Eagles with five points on a pair of goals and three assists while Pandolf had a goal and an assist with four groundballs and four draw controls. Dingler and Klunk accounted for the remainder of LHU's scoring with solo goals. Chrissy Baffuto played the entire 60 minutes in net, allowing all 11 goals and making five saves to suffer her first loss of the season and drop to 3-1.

Limestone returns to Conference Carolinas action for the first time in more than a month as they host rival Queens (N.C.) for the final time in league play on Thursday, March 28. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Saints Field.

NOTES: The Saints now hold a 7-5 all-time advantage in the series against Lock Haven... All but the first meeting have come with LHU nationally ranked ... Entering the game, the Lady Eagles had scored 18, 24 and 19 goals in victories over Shepherd, Newberry and Queens (N.C.), respectively.

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