Top-Seed Limestone Breezes by Belmont Abbey in Semifinals

BURLINGTON, N.C. Junior attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) continued her tear through the record books as she tied the program single season point mark and helped No. 2 Limestone (15-1, 7-0 CC) notch a 19-5 victory over Belmont Abbey (8-9, 4-3 CC) on Saturday, April 20 that put them back in the Conference Carolinas championship game.

Oor exploded for 11 points on five goals and six assists to tie the program record of 91 points while senior midfielder Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) drilled five goals. Senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) finished with a pair of goals and assists and junior midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) added two goals of her own.

Senior defender Jamie Chesser (Cockeysville, Md.) dominated on the draw as she came away with seven controls and added four groundballs while senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) started and played 57:42, allowing just five goals and making eight saves to improve to 15-1 on the season.

The Saints opened up with a quick goal by Brittany Howard less than two minutes into the game before adding a second, this one by Sylvia Queener, with both being assisted by Sarah Oor to make it 2-0 by the 23:33 mark. A Rebecca Diggs goal a little over a minute later cut it to 2-1 but Limestone would fire up their offense and score 10 of the next 13 to take a commanding 12-4 lead into the half.

It would get no better from there as they score the first four of the second half to push the lead to 16-4 before the Crusaders Katy Connery raced down the field for an unassisted goal with 12:01 remaining. The Saints would then add three more goals to reach the final margin of 19-5 to advance to the championship game.

Rebecca Diggs led the way for the Crusaders with a pair of scores and Connery, Gina Colella and Megan Patton each had a goal to round out the scoring. Colella also added five groundballs and Danielle Ruffalo started and played 54:17, allowing 19 goals and making eight saves.

Limestone will now face the winner of No. 3 seed Queens and No. 2 seed and No. 6 nationally ranked Pfeiffer in the 2013 Conference Carolinas Championship Game on Sunday, April 21. Game time for that title tilt is set for 1:00 p.m. at Williams Stadium in Burlington, N.C.

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The Belmont Abbey season came to an end this afternoon as the nationally second ranked and top-seed Limestone picked up a 19-5 win in the semifinal round of the 2013 Conference Carolinas Tournament. Limestone advances to Sunday's final as it improves to 15-1, while the Crusaders end their season with a mark of 8-9.

Limestone built an 11-4 halftime lead as it outshot the Crusaders 25-6. The Saints added eight more in the second half.

In their final collegiate games, Rebecca Diggs scored two goals, Megan Patton added one and Lindsay Connolly handed out two assists as she finishes the season with 47 to break the single season school record. She also had a caused turnover.

Katy Connery and Gina Colella both scored once. Colella led all players with five ground balls.

2013-04-20



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