No. 4 Limestone Falls to No. 7 West Chester Quarterfinals

GAFFNEY, S.C. Facing a team making its 10th appearance in the NCAA tTournament, No. 4 Limestone (17-2, 6-0 CC) saw its 15-game win streak come to an end, as No. 7 West Chester (15-3, 9-2 PSAC) notched an 11-7 victory to advance to the Final Four in Louisville, Ky. The Saints end the season with a 17-2 overall record, equaling the second most wins in program history.

Senior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) scored just one goal but that point tied her for the program record for the most points in a season with 91. That equals the mark set by Pam Gateau (2001-04) in 2004. However, she would fall just short of breaking that record as well as the all-time career goals mark. She finishes her career with 190, one shy of the record of 191 held by current assistant coach Lauryn Wise (2006-09).

She was joined by senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) with a goal and two assists while sophomore midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) notched a pair of scores. Junior attack Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and sophomore attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) finished with a goal and assist and junior midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) wrapped up the offensive performances with a lone goal.

Junior defender Skylar Marcoux (Woodbine, Md.) produced four groundballs and three draw controls to lead the defense while senior goalkeeper Brigid Milchling (Cockeysville, Md.) had three groundballs to go along with 10 saves and 11 goals allowed in net. She finishes the season at 16-2 and 39-6 for her career. Her 39 wins are tied for the most in program history, equaling the mark set by Jackie Weaver (2003-06).

West Chester got on the board early as Nicole Pyle converted on a pass from Tori Dugan at the 18:47 mark. The teams would then alternate the next three goals as Treat and Howard scored for Limestone to tie the game at 2-2 with 17:51 left in the half. Three straight scores from the Rams over the next seven minutes then gave them a 5-2 lead.

Farrell connected on a pass from Queener to cut the deficit to 5-3 but back-to-back scores by WCU's Lauren Glassey and Erin Oczkowski made it 7-3. Prager got her goal at the 3:03 mark to make it 7-4 at the half. Oor opened the final 30 minutes of play with her only goal, that at 26:43, to close to within 7-5.

That would be as close as the Saints would get however as consecutive goals by Glassey then put the game out of reach at 9-5. Goals by Queener and Farrell down the stretch got Limestone to within 10-7 before a Dugan goal with 2:05 left sealed the four-goal West Chester victory.

Glassey and Oczkowski led all scorers with a game-high three goals and Glassey added an assist for the Golden Rams while Jamie Dolan had a goal and two assists. Dugan finished with a goal and assist and Theresa Giunta notched a goal and game-high six groundballs to go along with three draw controls. Pyle and Jacki Patterson each had solo goals. Jess Henderson played all 60 minutes in net, allowing seven goals and making six saves to pick up the win and move to 15-3 on the season.

Limestone closes out its 16th campaign with a17-2 overall record, regular season and tournament championships in Conference Carolinas and their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, fifth consecutively.

Notes: Limestone is 3-7 all-time against West Chester ... five of those losses have come in the NCAA Tournament ... this is the first loss at home to WCU ... today's game marked Limestone women's lacrosse's first ever home NCAA Division II Tournament game.

2012-05-12



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