No. 3 Limestone Squeaks Past New Haven
from press release
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Freshman midfielder Jessica Aguanno (Delray Beach, Fla.) scored three goals, including the game-winner, as No. 3 Limestone (7-0, 2-0 CC) earned a hard-fought 6-5 victory over New Haven (2-1, 0-0 NE-10) in a Division II women's lacrosse game on Friday, March 18.
With the score at 3-1 at the half, the Chargers jump started their offense for the final 30 minutes as Alexis Gabbe, who entered the game with 12 of UNH's 26 goals, delivered her first of the game at the 29:07 mark to draw to within 3-2 The second goal of the game by Jessica Aguanno stretched the lead to two goals before back-to-back scores by Gabbe and Ashley Fernandiz knotted the score at 4-4 with 23:41 remaining.
Sophomore midfielder Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) then broke the deadlock with her team-leading 17th goal of the year at the 22:26 mark. Ferrandiz then tied the game at 5-5 with 21:08 left and the score would remain that way for nearly the next six minutes. At that point, Aguanno broke through with 15:24 to play and delivered the go-ahead goal to make it 6-5.
That would be all Limestone would need as their defense stepped up and turned away a number of UNH offensive opportunities to secure the narrow 6-5 victory.
In a low scoring first half, Limestone struck first as Chelsea Treat delivered her team-leading 16th of the season at the 24:34 mark before Ashley Ferrandiz evened the game at 1-1 seconds later. Aguanno then put the Saints back ahead with her 11th goal of the season with 22:50 left in the half before junior midfielder Jessica Williams (Webster, N.Y.) extended the lead to 3-1 at the 17:19 mark.
Ashley Ferrandiz led the Chargers with a team-high three goals and added three ground balls, two draw controls and four caused turnovers while Alexis Gabbe notched a pair of goals to push her season total to 14. Emily Buckley-Matura posted a team-high tying three ground balls and delivered two caused turnovers.
Kristina Curry, Natalie Lieberman and goal keeper Maureen Spellman each had a pair of ground balls and Aubrey Duncan added two caused turnovers. Spellman played all 60 minutes, surrendering all six goals and making 11 saves to fall to 2-1 on the season.
Jessica Aguanno led Limestone with a game-high tying three goals and Chelsea Treat delivered two goals, three ground balls and three draw controls. Jessica Williams had the only other goal for the Saints as she recorded her third of the season. Freshman defender Jenelle Fortunato finished with a game-high four ground balls and four caused turnovers and sophomore goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) added three ground balls. Freshman defender Jessica Tessman added three caused turnovers.
McLellan notched her seventh straight victory of the season as she allowed only five goals and made eight saves in 60 minutes of action.
Limestone faces Merrimack in the second game of their three-game homestand on Monday, March 21.
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