#4 Limestone Clinches Regular Season Title at Erskine

DUE WEST, S.C. Using a balanced effort that saw 12 different goal scorers, No. 4 Limestone (13-1, 5-0 CC) delivered a resounding 23-3 decision over Erskine (4-9, 2-4 CC) in action on Friday, April 13 that locked up the program's 8th consecutive conference regular season title.

The Saints have had at least a share of every regular season title since the league began sponsoring the sport in 2005. They have won the last seven outright. The victory ensures that second place Pfeiffer cannot catch them by virtue of the Saint's 20-12 head-to-head victory in their last game.

It didn't take long for the game to be well out of hand and out of reach for the Flying Fleet as the juggernaut that is Limestone's offense rumbled out to a 16-0 advantage by the 26:48 mark of the second half. Highlighting that run were three goals in the final 42 seconds of the first half, including two free position conversions and an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Jessica Aguanno (Delray Beach, Fla.).

It got no better for Erskine after they registered their first score with 25 minutes left to play as the Saints scored four of the next five to stretch the lead to 20-2. After allowing a third goal by EC, Limestone notched three straight to end the game and reach the final margin of 23-3.

It was their third straight game scoring at least 20 goals and third time in program history that they had accomplished the feat. In 2009, from April 7-15, they downed Lees-McRae (22-4), Erskine (21-0) and Converse (23-2) and pulled off the trifecta again in 2010. That year they blitzed Converse (20-5), St. Andrews (23-4) and Pfeiffer (21-9) from April 13-24. The last was a Conference Carolinas semifinal. They have never put up 20 goals in a game in four straight contest.

Leading the attack for the Saints was Jessica Aguanno with a game- and career-high five goals while senior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) had a pair of scores and career-high tying three assists. Stellar freshman midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) finished with two goals and two assists to go along with a game-high tying five draw controls and junior attack Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) added a hat trick and an assist. Senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) finished with two goals and an assist.

Sophomore attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) saw limited playing time in the blowout as she ended up with a pair of goals and just one assist but the depth of the Limestone roster as able to assert themselves in her stead. Sophomore midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) and senior attack Lauren Smith (Greer, S.C.) each chipped in with a goal and assist while senior attack Kelly Lalonde (Henrietta, N.Y.), freshman midfielder Gemma Schaefer (Overland Park, Kan.) and sophomore midfielder Maia Czarnecki (Oswego, N.Y.) each had a solo score.

Senior goalkeeper Brigid Milchling (Cockeysville, Md.) started and went 46:25, making five saves and allowing three goals, to improve to 12-1 on the season. Freshman goalkeeper Megan Smith (Marietta, Ga.) played the final 13:35 and did not allow a goal while making a save.

Erskine netted three solo goals by Samantha Burns, Von McKenzie and Denise Zani while Kelly Dalziel added an assist. Kaitlyn Overley stayed between the pipes the entire game and gave up all 23 goals and made 20 saves to take the loss.

Limestone returns home to Saints Field to face nearby Conference Carolinas foe Converse on Saturday, April 14. Prior to the 12:00 p.m. start time, the Saints will honor six seniors just before one of their last regular season home games.

Notes: Limestone is now a perfect 5-0 against Erskine ... the three goals the Flying Fleet scored were their first against the Saints ... the average score throughout the series history is now 22 - 0.6.

2012-04-13



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