No. 3 Limestone Squeeks By Pfeiffer
from press release
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Freshman midfielder
Jessica Aguanno (Delray Beach, Fla.) notched a pair of goals,
including a key second half score, as No. 3 Limestone (9-0, 3-0 CC)
defeated Pfeiffer (6-5, 2-1 CC) in a Division II women’s
lacrosse game on Thursday, March 24.
The Saints wasted no time as they got on the board 47 seconds into the game as sophomore midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) found the back of the net off a pass from freshman attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada). Pfeiffer would answer right back as Natalie Marvin converted on a free position shot at the 27:46 mark, tying the game at 1-1.
Three straight goals by Limestone over the next three minutes then put them back ahead 4-1. Junior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) started the stretch with her 18th goal of the year with 27:05 to play while junior attack Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and Jessica Aguanno each scored on free position opportunities.
Back-to-back scores from Rachel Hebberd and Shannon Bonel then narrowed the gap to 4-3 with 5:23 remaining in the half. Junior midfielder Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.) then gave the Saints some breathing room as she scored at the 4:23 mark to head to the break with a two-goal lead.
It was a far different game at the start of the second half as Aguanno scored off a pass from Howard at the 24:26 mark and then both team’s defenses stepped up and allowed no goals over the next 12 minutes. Senior attack Casey Wilcox (Liverpool, N.Y.) then broke the scoreless stretch as she converted on a free position shot with 12:12 remaining to make it 7-3.
The Falcons also responded on the offensive end as Alex Cook then took it herself and scored an unassisted goal with 11:00 minutes left to cut the margin back to three. After another scoreless drought, Pfeiffer got right back in the game as they tightened it to 7-6 behind goals from Jessica Moulton (4:56) and Rachel Hebberd (4:45) as Sarah Hebberd assisted on both.
Despite several late opportunities that would be as close they would get as Limestone buckled down on defense and secured the one-goal win to move to 3-0 in Conference Carolinas and take sole possession of first place.
Rachel Hebberd was only Pfeiffer player to record more than one goal as she need two and added a ground ball and draw control. Her sister, Sarah Hebberd, delivered a pair of assists while Alex Cook, who is second in the nation in total points, only recorded one on a solo goal.
Jessica Moulton added a goal, two ground balls and a pair of draw controls and Natalie Marvin and Shannon Bonnel each finished with a score. Liz Melesh had an assist and Laura Shea and Amanda Smith each had three ground balls. Kaitlin Booth played all 60 minutes in net, allowed seven goals and made seven saves to take the loss and drop to 6-5 on the season.
Jessica Aguanno led Limestone’s goal scorers with a pair of tallies and added a ground ball, draw control and caused turnover while Brittany Howard, Chelsea Treat, Jessie Aguglia, Casey Wilcox and Racquel Prager each added a score. Howard also contributed an assist, ground ball, caused turnover and draw control and Sarah Oor connected for a pair of assists to round out the offense.
Defensively, senior defender Erin Growney (Rochester, N.Y.) had a team-high three ground balls and a caused turnover to go along with a pair of draw controls while sophomore defender Skylar Marcoux (Woodbine, Md.) and freshman defender Jenelle Fortunato (Vestal, N.Y.) each had two ground balls. Sophomore goalie Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) made eight saves and allowed only six goals in 60 minutes of action to move to a perfect 9-0 on the season.
Limestone continues its run through Conference Carolinas as they travel to Lees-McRae for a 4 p.m. game on Wednesday, March 30.
Last season the Saints were 1-2 in games decided by one goal, including an 11-10 loss to No. 3 Lock Haven and a 12-11 defeat to No. 5 West Chester in the NCAA Tournament … this season Limestone is 3-0 in those situations, having defeated No. 9 Gannon 8-7, New Haven 6-5 and Pfeiffer 7-6.