No. 5 Limestone Dominates Mercyhurst

ERIE, Pa. Facing a team that is 59-17 over the last four-plus seasons, No. 5 Limestone (10-1, 2-0 CC) dominated Mercyhurst (4-3, 2-0 PSAC), winning 18-5 in action on Sunday, March 25.

Senior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) scored a game-high four goals and added a pair of assists for six points while sophomore attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) dished out a season-high five assists. Joining them were senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.), who finished with three goals and two assists, and freshman midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) who had a hat trick and an assist.

Junior midfielder Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.) delivered three goals as well while junior midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) had three points on a pair of scores and an assist. Senior attack Kelly Lalonde (Henrietta, N.Y.) notched two assists and solo goals were had by sophomore midfielder Maia Czarnecki (Oswego, N.Y.), junior attack Ali Schumacher (Gainesville, Va.) and sophomore midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.). Senior goalkeeper Brigid Milchling (Cockeysville, Md.) played all 60 minutes between the pipes and allowed just five goals while making six saves to improve to 9-1 on the year.

With a large number of players from the Northeast, and no doubt playing in front of friends and family, the Saints wasted no time in showing why they are the No. 5 team in the nation. Five straight goals, the first two by Prager in the first 2:34, propelled Limestone to the early advantage.

A score by Rebecca Himes at the 18:32 mark got the Hurst on the board at 5-1 but that would be just a speed bump as the Saints answered back with four straight goals over the next 12 minutes to make it 9-1. Among those was Prager's 34th of the season to give her a hat trick. Hannah Corton pulled the Lakers to within 9-2 at 4:09 before Queener delivered her second goal to reach what would be the half time margin of 10-2 with 53 seconds left.

Limestone kept right on rolling to start the second half as they came out and scored three straight goals over the first 4:09 to stretch the lead to 13-2 and push the game to running clock, shortening Mercyhurst's chances considerably. A third goal by the Lakers did nothing to dissuade the offensive onslaught as the Saints kept the pedal down and scored four of the next five goals to extend to a 17-4 advantage with 5:53 to play. From there, they would go on to close out the 13-goal victory.

Mercyhurst got a pair of goals each from Alisha Catalino and Rebecaa Himes for the majority of their scoring while Hannah Corton had the only other score. Ally Keirn had the lone assist for the Lakers and Rebecca Muscella took the loss in goal after allowing 10 goals and making just three saves in 30 minutes of action. Her replacement, Jenny Perkins, did not fare much better as she was lit up for eight goals while making three saves in 30 minutes.

Limestone returns to Conference Carolinas action as they take on rival Belmont Abbey on Saturday, March 31. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. at Saints Field.

2012-03-25



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