Prager Nets 7 as No. 3 Saints Outgun Merrimack

GAFFNEY, S.C. Junior attacker Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) scored a career-high seven goals as No. 3 Limestone (8-0, 2-0 CC) posted a 15-12 victory over Merrimack (3-2, 1-1 NE-10) in a Division II women's lacrosse game on Monday, March 21. The seven goals by Prager are the most since current assistant coach Lauryn Wise recorded nine against Queens on April 1, 2009.

Leading 13-5 at the half, Prager delivered her seventh goal of the game in the first 45 seconds to stretch the lead to 14-5 before Merrimack responded in force. Back-to-back goals by Mary Pasquantonio (26:21) and Liz Greeley (23:34) cut the deficit to 14-7 before freshman midfielder Jessica Aguanno (Delray Beach, Fla.) pushed the lead back to eight at the 20:26 mark.

At that point, Limestone was faced with weathering a ferocious comeback by the Warriors as Alicia Tinsley notched consecutive scores on free position attempts to make it 15-9. That was the beginning of five unanswered goals by Merrimack as Pasquantonio added her second goal of the game with 5:46 to play and Jen Pino notched her third with 4:52 remaining. Colleen Strachan would cut the deficit to 15-12 at the 2:48 mark but that would be as close as they would get as the Saints defense buckled down and held them scoreless the rest of the way for the three goal victory.

It was a far different game in the first half as the Saints wasted no time and jumped out ahead 7-0 in the first 10 minutes of play. Prager scored four of her seven goals and added an assist during that stretch while freshman attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) delivered a pair of goals and an assist. The Warriors got on the board with a goal by Maria DeStefano (18:32) and , following a goal by Limestone sophomore midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.), closed to within 8-3 on back-to-back goals by Jen Pino. A 5-2 run over the final 8:18 then gave Limestone a 13-5 lead at the half.

Mary Pasquantonio finished with three goals and game-highs of seven ground balls and seven draw controls to lead Merrimack while Jen Pino notched three scores, five ground balls and three draw controls. Alicia Tinsley and Maria DeStefano each added a pair of goals and Liz Greeley and Colleen Strachan chipped in with solo goals to round out the scoring for the Warriors.

Olivia Huie added five ground balls and Liz Lyons had four ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers. Inna Hedden played all 60 minutes in goal, allowing 15 goals and making five saves to fall to 3-2 on the season.

Raquel Prager's command performance of seven goals, on seven shots, and an assist led the effort for Limestone while Jessica Aguanno finished with two goals, four ground balls and three draw controls. Senior attacker Casey Wilcox (Liverpool, N.Y.) added a pair of goals and a game-high three assists and Sarah Oor had two goals and two assists. Junior midfielder Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.) added an assist, four ground balls and two draw controls.

Sophomore goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) had five ground balls and moved to 8-0 on the season as she made 11 saves in the 15-12 victory.

Limestone wraps up their three-game homestand as they begin the run through Conference Carolinas, beginning with Pfeiffer on Thursday, March 24. Game-time is set for 3:30 p.m. at Saints Field.

Notes The Saints remained at No. 3 in the latest IWLCA National Poll with 74 total votes but picked up a first place vote ... they currently trail defending national champion Adelphi and 5-0 Lock Haven.


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