No. 3 Limestone Dismantles First-Year Catawba

GAFFNEY, S.C. In a game that epitomized opposite ends of the spectrum, No. 3 Limestone (17-1, 6-0 CC) easily handled first-year program Catawba (2-12) 23-1 in the final regular season game for both clubs on Friday, April 27 at Saints Field.

The Saints now await the May 6 NCAA Division II Tournament selection show where they will find out who they will meet on either May 12 in a first round game or May 17 in the Final Four.

Limestone raced out of the gate with nine straight goals, four of which came in the first two minutes, to take a 9-0 lead by the 16:51 mark. The Indians notched their lone score on a free position attempt by leading scorer Ebony Mills 18 seconds later. That would be their lone highlight as the third-ranked team in the country showed how they earned that lofty status with 14 straight goals to close out the 22-goal victory.

In what was nearly a record-setting day, senior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.), already the single season leader in goals, finished with seven points (5g, 2,a) to come within one point of tying Pam Gateau's 2004 single season mark of 91 points. Her five goals push her season total to a record 70 and give her 189 for her career. She is two away from tying, and three from breaking, assistant coach Lauryn Wise's program record of 191 goals set from 2006-09.

She was joined by sophomore attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) who nearly equaled her career-highs for points and assists. She dished out seven assists and added a goal, missing tying her point mark by two and her assists by one. Senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) had a pair of goals and three assists while junior midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) notched two goals and two assists.

Freshman midfielder Gemma Schaefer (Overland Park, Kan.) and sophomore midfielder Maia Czarnecki (Oswego, N.Y.) each delivered hat tricks with three goals apiece and freshman midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) had two goals, an assist and three groundballs. Junior attack Ali Schumacher (Gainesville, Va.) notched a goal and a pair of assists and junior midfielder Chelsea Hargett (Ithaca, N.Y.) had two scores to round out the top offensive performances.

Junior defenders Jamie Chesser (Cockeysville, Md.) and Alexandra Giovannone Centreville, Mass.) anchored the defense with a game-high five groundballs each while Chesser added a game-best six draw controls. Junior defender Skylar Marcoux (Woodbine, Md.) added two groundballs and three draws and senior goalkeeper Brigid Milchling (Cockeysville, Md.) played 50:32, allowing just the one goal to improve to 16-1 on the season.

Limestone will likely host an NCAA Tournament First-Round Game on Saturday, May 12 as a result of their No. 2 South Region ranking, trailing only undefeated No. 2 Rollins.

2012-04-27



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