Howards Keys #3 Limestone's Win over Queens

GAFFNEY, S.C. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) had a game-high tying three goals as No. 3 Limestone (10-0, 4-0 CC) earned an 11-7 victory over Queens (7-6, 4-1 CC) on Saturday, April 2. The victory put the Saints in firm control of first place in Conference Carolinas ahead of Queens and Pfeiffer.

Limestone jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as junior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) notched an unassisted goal at 27:03 before freshman midfielder Jessica Aguanno (Delray Beach, Fla.) and junior attack Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) delivered back-to-back scores at 19:41 and 19:06.

Six minutes later it would be the Royals turn for quick consecutive scores as Brittany Philip notched a pair at 13:18 and 12:50 to pull Queens to within 3-2. That would be as close as they would get, however, as back-to-back scores by Howard pushed the lead to 5-2. Following a goal by Caitlin O'Rourke that cut it to a two-goal deficit, Treat and freshman attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) each found the back of the net to send the Saints to the break with a 7-3 advantage.

Junior midfielder Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.) opened the final 30 minutes with a goal at 27:20 before O'Rourke matched her seven minutes later to make the score 8-4. From there, three straight goals by Prager, Oor and Howard put the game out of reach at 11-4 with 8:05 to play. The Royals would cut the margin to 11-7 with three consecutive scores but Limestone's defense prevented any further offensive opportunities the rest of the way.

Brittany Philip and Caitlin O'Rourke produced the bulk of Queens' offense as they each finished with three goals apiece. Philip added four draw controls and O'Rourke had two ground balls and a pair of draw controls. Emily Balmer added the only other score of the day for the Royals. Chelsea Lancashire took the loss in net as she allowed all 11 goals and made seven saves in 60 minutes of action.

In addition to Brittany Howard's three goal effort, Limestone got two goals apiece from Chelsea Treat, Racquel Prager and Sarah Oor to lead the offensive attack. Prager added an assist and three draw controls while Treat had a team-high four ground balls and two draw controls. Aguglia and Aguanno each added a solo score to cap the Saints scoring. Sophomore goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) earned her 10th straight victory with a five save performance in 60 minutes of play.

Limestone is back in action when they travel to Banner Elk, N.C. to take on Lees-McRae on Tuesday, April 5. Start time for that game is slated for 4:00 p.m.

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GAFFNEY, S.C. Two hat tricks weren't enough for the Royals (7-6, 4-1 CC) as they fell 11-7 to No. 3 Limestone College (10-0, 4-0 CC) in a Division II women's lacrosse game on Saturday, April 2. The victory put the Saints in firm control of first place in Conference Carolinas ahead of Queens who picks up its first conference loss today.

Six minutes after the Saints jumped out to a 3-0 lead it would be the Royals turn for quick consecutive scores as Brittany Philip notched a pair at 13:18 and 12:50 to pull Queens to within one, 3-2. That would be as close as Queens would get, however, as back-to-back scores by Brittany Howard of Limestone pushed the lead to 5-2. Following a goal by Caitlin O'Rourke that cut it to a two-goal deficit, Chelsea Treat and Sarah Oor each found the back of the net to send the Saints to the break with a 7-3 advantage.

Limestone's Jessie Aguglia opened the final 30 minutes with a goal at 27:20 before O'Rourke matched her seven minutes later to make the score 8-4. From there, three straight goals by Racquel Prager, Oor and Howard put Limestone up 11-4 with 8:05 to play.

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