Prager, Queener Lead #6 Limestone by#12 Gannon

GAFFNEY, S.C. Goals on five of their first six shots and a steady offensive output helped lead No. 6 Limestone (4-1, 1-0 CC) to an impressive 19-9 victory over No. 12 Gannon on Saturday, March 3 at Saints Field.

Senior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) finished with a game-high five goals and added an assist while senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) contributed a career-high four goals, assist and game-high tying four draw controls to lead the Saints.

Sophomore attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada), usually the facilitator of the offense, notched three goals and an assist and junior midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) added a pair of goals and three ground balls. Senior goalkeeper Brigid Milchling (Cockeysville, Md.) started the game and played 55:53, allowing eight goals and making nine saves to move to 4-1 on the season.

Prager opened the game with back-to-back goals over the first three minutes before Howard added her first score to make it 3-0. The lead would grow to 6-0 before Gannon got their feet under them on a slick field, scoring three straight goals to cut the deficit in half.

With the score at 6-3, the teams alternated scores over the next four goals, leaving it at an 8-5 Limestone advantage with 7:32 remaining in the half. Six straight goals by the Saints through six minutes into the second half put the game well out of reach at 14-5. From there, they went on to close out the 10-goal victory.

Jess Fugate led Gannon with a pair of goals and a game-high three assists while Caitlyn Fisher had a pair of goals and three groundballs. Christie Valentine added two goals and an assist and Rachel DerCola, Sarah Grzybinski and Stevie Lombardoni each had single scores. Margaret Maslyn played all 60 minutes in net, allowing 19 goals and making seven saves to drop to 1-2.

Limestone is back in action on Thursday, March 8 as they host Southern New Hampshire. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at Saints Field.

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GAFFNEY, S.C. Limestone (S.C.) ripped off the first six goals of the contest and posted a 19-9 victory against Gannon Saturday afternoon in a battle of nationally-ranked teams. Limestone entered the contest ranked sixth in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Top 15 Poll while Gannon was tabbed 12th.

Limestone led 6-0, before Gannon finally got on the board 10:53 after the opening draw. Christie Valentine (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Catholic) recorded the Lady Knights' first goal unassisted.

Gannon seemed to regain its footing after a tough start, rattling off five of the next seven goals following Limestone's opening 6-0 run. Two goals by Valentine sandwiched scores from Sarah Grzybinski (New Market, Md./Linganore), Jeff Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) and Stevie Lombardoni (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico). Valentine's second brought the Lady Knights within 8-5 at the 7:32 mark.

However, Limestone ended the first half as it started. The Saints held the Lady Knights scoreless for the final seven minutes and 30 seconds, scoring three goals in the process. Jessie Aguglia tallied her first goal with 25 seconds left in the half as Limestone went to the intermission with an 11-5 advantage.

The Limestone run continued with the first three goals of the second half, extending the home team's advantage to 14-5 with 24:18 to play. In all, the Saints held the Lady Knights without a goal for 18 minutes and 48 seconds during a 6-0 run that spanned both halves. Fugate eventually snapped the long run with her 12th goal of the season at the 18:44 mark.

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