No. 4 Limestone Tops Belmont Abbey to Win CC Title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. After seeing their offense slowed by foul weather early on, No. 4 Limestone (16-1, 6-0 CC) claimed their fifth straight Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship with a 19-6 demolition of Belmont Abbey (9-7, 4-2 CC) on Sunday, April 22.

With only three goals through the first 20 minutes of play, and holding just a 3-1 lead, the Saints exploded for five goals over the last 10 minutes of the half to take an 8-1 lead into the half. From there, they would outscore the Crusaders 10-2 and take an 18-3 lead with 7:37 remaining before allowing three straight goals to make it 18-6. Limestone would then add a late goal to reach the final margin of 19-6.

Senior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) not only led all scorers with six goals but also broke the program's single season goal record with her 65th of the season. That mark surpasses assistant coach Lauryn Wise's record of 64 set in 2009. Prager also added a pair of assists to net eight points on the day.

Senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) notched two goals and three assists while sophomore attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) had a pair of goals and two assists. Senior attack Kelly Lalonde (Henrietta, N.Y.) added a hat trick and freshman midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) finished with two goals and an assist.

Defensively, junior attack Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and senior defender Morgan Smith (Greer, S.C.) each had three groundballs while senior goalkeeper Brigid Milchling (Cockeysville, Md.) played all 60 minutes, allowing just six goals and making six saves to improve to 15-1 on the season.

Megan Patton and Elyse Mohn each added a pair of goals to lead Belmont Abbey while Lindsay Connolly had a goal and two assists. Laura Dowd chipped in with a goal and an assist and Tory Morgan played the entire game in net, giving up 19 goals and making 14 saves.

Making the All-Tournament Team for the Saints Sylvia Queener, Morgan Smith, sophomore defender Jenelle Fortunato (Vestal, N.Y.) and Most Valuable Player Racquel Prager.

The Saints have now claimed Conference Carolinas Tournament Championships in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Limestone is back in action with their final regular season game on Friday, April 27 as they host first-year program Catawba. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at Saints Field.

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Belmont Abbey had its five game winning streak snapped, falling to the nationally fourth-ranked and top-seeded Limestone Saints 19-6 this afternoon in the Conference Carolinas championship match. The Crusaders, which won six of its their last eight games, end the season with a mark of 9-7, while Limestone improves to 16-1.

Limestone led 8-1 at the half as it opened the contest with three-straight goals. The run was interrupted by a Laura Dowd tally with 14:11 to go, but the Saints closed the half with five unanswered goals.

The second half scoring was one of periodic spurts by the Saints, as they scored four straight to open the half. Lindsay Connolly momentairly halted the run with her only goal of the game, but Limestone countered with four unanswered strikes.

Elyse Mohn netted the first of her two at the 10:45 mark, and after two Limestone scores, Mohn scored again, followed by two straight from Megan Patton, the last of which came with 1:15 to go. Limestone closed the scoring with 25 ticks left.

Mohn and Patton led the Abbey with two goals apiece, while Connolly and Dowd added one each. Connolly handed out two assists, while Dowd and Gina Colella added one each.

Defender Mary Frommling caused three turnovers and scooped up a team-high four ground balls. Tory Morgan, one of three seniors along with Dowd and Emily Hudgins, made 14 saves.

2012-04-22



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