No. 6 Limestone Drops Heartbreaker to No. 2 Le Moyne

GAFFNEY, S.C. Facing one of the top teams in the nation, No. 6 Limestone (4-1, 1-0 CC) gave No. 2 Le Moyne (2-0, 0-0 NE-10) all they could handle, dropping a narrow 7-6 decision in an NCAA Division II women's lacrosse game on Monday, March 4.

Senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) led the way offensively for the Saints as she notched a pair of goals and an assist while junior attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) had a goal and dished out three assists. Junior midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.), sophomore midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Chelsea Hargett (Ithaca, N.Y.) each notched solo goals.

Senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) played all 60 minutes, allowing just the seven goals and making three saves to take the hard luck loss and fall to 4-1 on the season. She also came away with a game-high six groundballs.

With two of the top offenses in the country facing off, both teams came out in full ball control mode and looked to capitalize on every shot. It would be Limestone that achieved that goal first as Queener took a pass from senior midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) and rifled past the keeper to make it 1-0 at 27:13.

The Saints would keep up the offensive pressure as Sarah Oor found Katie Farrell for a second goal at 25:32 to make it a 2-0 advantage and it would be three soon enough as Queener and Oor hooked up at the 20:59 mark.

Having gained possession off the draw control, Le Moyne took advantage of the rare early possession as Claire Monnat found Kathleen Conese for the Dolphins first goal of the game at 15:52. It would be Monnat that would be the beneficiary two minutes later as she scored off a pass from Jennifer Fabian to cut it 3-2.

Having seen their lead dwindle to just one, Limestone stepped up on defense over the final 13:46 and saw their offense come back to life with five minutes left in the half. At the 4:59 mark, it was once again Queener converting off a pass from Oor to put the lead back to two at 4-2. With 2:45 left on the clock, it would be Sam McCarrick taking it herself to stretch to a three goal lead at 5-2. Limestone's defense would maintain that advantage into the break.

In the second half, the Conese notched an unassisted score just 1:36 in to close to within 5-3. It wouldn't stay that way for long as Chelsea Hargett scored off a pass from Oor to extend back to a three goal advantage at 6-3.

Following that score at the 17:24 mark, Le Moyne would rally to score three straight goals over the next 12 minutes to tie the score at 6-6. Maggie Monat drilled home an unassisted score at 11:22 and Conese notched back-to-back goals off a free position attempt at 10:25 and an unassisted score at 5:29.

After several minutes of strong defense by the Dolphins they forced a Limestone turnover and foul with 2:42 left. On the ensuing clear attempt, Katilyn Armstrong raced down field, took a pass from Kelly Condon and found the back of the net to give Le Moyne a 7-6 lead with 2:26 to play. That, and a win on the draw control that gave them possession, would be all they would need as they ran out the clock on the narrow one goal victory.

Conese led the way for Le Moyne with a game-high four goals along with four groundballs while Armstrong had a goal, three groundballs and two draw controls. Claire Monnat had a goal and an assist and Maggie Monnat added a solo goal. Fabian and Condon each had an assist on the day and Molly Marbut made six saves and allowed six goals in picking up the victory.

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