April 6, 2013

Saints in Control of Carolinas after Win over Pfeiffer

from press release

GAFFNEY, S.C. – A total team effort, offensively and defensively, led No. 3 Limestone (12-1, 5-0 CC) to a huge 11-7 victory with implications both nationally and in conference over No. 6 Pfeiffer (12-1, 4-1 CC) in an NCAA Division II women's lacrosse game on Saturday, April 6.

Senior midfielder Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) led the way with a pair of scores, an assist and a six groundballs while senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) added two goals and an assist. Joining them with two goals apiece in a balanced offense were senior midfielder Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.). Farrell also added three groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers.

Setting up the offense was junior attack Sarah Oor(Uxbridge, Canada) with a game-high four assists and the 42nd of the season. On the defensive side, senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) played all 60 minutes, allowing just seven goals, a season low for Pfeiffer, and made eight saves to improve to 12-1 on the year. She also recorded a game-high seven groundballs.

In what would be a first half of runs, Limestone got on the board early as Queener took it herself at 26:48 before Treat took a pass from Oor and left it in the back of the net for a 2-0 lead with 21:20 on the clock. It would then be the Falcons' turn as Shannon Bonnel scored off a pass from Carly Garrison at 16:54 and Garrison found the back of the net a minute later to tie it at 2-2.

After more than six minutes of scoreless play for both teams, it would be the Saints that would ignite their offense again, scoring three straight goals over a span of 1:39 to retake the lead at 5-2 at the 7:24 mark. Aguglia, Queener and Farrell notched those scores and Limestone would take the three goal advantage into the half.

Aguglia would make it 6-2 with a goal in the first 4:12 of the second half before the teams traded the next three goals to make it 7-4 with 17:03 on the clock. Five minutes later the Saints put it all together offensively as they drilled four straight goals, from four different scorers, over a span of just under nine minutes to push to a commanding 11-4 advantage with just 3:50 left.

Carly Garrison would then ignite a late rally for Pfeiffer with back-to-back goals at 3:30 and 2:11. Katherine Athens would add a third at 1:49 to close to within four at 11-7 but they would get no closer as the Limestone defense locked down for the key victory.

Garrison led the way for the Falcons with a game-high four goals along with three groundballs and a pair of draw controls while Shannon Bonnel, Kristina Anderson and Athens each notched solo goals. Bonnel led the team with five groundballs and Cassidy Wilson played all 60 minutes in net, allowing all 11 goals and making five saves to fall to 8-1.

Limestone hits the road for their remaining regular season schedule before the 2013 Conference Carolinas Championships as they head to Lees-McRae on Wednesday, April 10 for a 6 p.m. start and a Saturday, April 13 contest at Belmont Abbey at 4 p.m.

NOTES: With the victory, Limestone is now 23-5 all-time against Pfeiffer including 11 straight wins ... the win puts the Saints in driver's seat for the 2013 Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship.

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