Pfeiffer Season Ends in Loss to Limestone in Semifinals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The best team in Conference Carolinas continued their dominant march on Saturday as top-seeded Limestone doubled up fourth-seeded Pfeiffer 20-10 in the semifinal round of the 2012 Conference Carolinas tournament. The Saints improve to 15-1, while the Lady Falcons end 2012 at 9-8.

Limestone started quickly in the first half jumping out to a 7-1 lead in the first 15:26 of action as a Shannon Bonnel tally was the only goal for the Lady Falcons in the second minute of play. Pfeiffer had a mini-run consisting of three goals in a four-goal stretch as Britton Muir, Nadia Salameh and Liz Melesh helped cut the lead in half at 8-4 with 4:10 before the intermission. Jessica Aguanno for Limestone and Sarah Daly for Pfeiffer would try late first half goals as the Saints carried a 9-5 lead into the break.

Limestone would blow the second half open with nine of the first 11 goals including seven-straight in just over a 10-minute span. Kristina Anderson and Daly would score back-to-back for the Lady Falcons just minutes in Racquel Prager would score three in the seven-goal stretch to put the Saints up 18-7, which was just half of her goal total on the day. Melesh and Bonnel added late goals for the visitors, as would Rachel Hebberd with 11 seconds left, to finish off the 2012 season.

Melesh, Bonnel and Daly would each finish with two goals on the day as Melesh will conclude as the team-leader in goals with 48 while Bonnel wraps up on her heels with 46.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. Already riding a program record streak of four straight games with 20 or more goals, No. 4 Limestone (15-1, 6-0 CC) extended that stretch to five as they dispatched No. 4 seed Pfeiffer (9-8, 4-2 CC) 20-10 in the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas tournament to advance to the championship game tomorrow afternoon.

Senior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) led all scorers with six goals, one shy of her career-high, and Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) finished with four goals and an assist.

Junior attack Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) each added two goals and an assist and sophomore midfielder Jessica Aguanno (Delray Beach, Fla.) and junior midfielder Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.) notched a goal and an assist apiece. Senior goalkeeper Brigid Milchling (Cockeysville, Md.) played all 60 minutes between the pipes, making 10 saves and allowing 10 goals to improve to 14-1 on the year.

After exchanging goals on the first two possessions, the Saints exploded for six straight scores to make it 7-1 before the Falcons responded with a 4-2 run to make it 9-5 at half. Limestone picked up the first two goals of the second half to make it 11-5 in the first two minutes but Pfeiffer notched a pair of scores to cut the deficit back to four at 11-7 with 27:12 to play.

Another dominant stretch by the Saints offense, this time seven straight goals, put the game well out of reach, giving them an 18-7 lead. A pair of goals within the final two minutes then got them to 20 and the Falcons added a late goal to reach the final margin of 20-10.

Shannon Bonnel led Pfeiffer with two goals and an assist while Sarah Daly and Liz Melesh each finished with a pair of scores. Kristina Anderson and Britton Muir each added a goal and an assist while Rachel Hebberd and Nadia Salameh each had a goal. Jamie Alcala started and played 50:52, giving up 12 goals and making four saves to take the loss and drop to 5-5 on the season.

Limestone advances to the 2012 Conference Carolinas Championship Game on Sunday, April 22. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C. and will be against either Queens or Belmont Abbey.


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