No. 2 Limestone Tops Queens to Earn Sixth Straight Title

BURLINGTON, N.C. Having seen their opponent pull a major upset in the semifinals, No. 2 Limestone (16-1, 7-0 CC) made sure that would not be repeated as they posted a 21-9 victory over Queens (10-10, 5-2 CC) in the Conference Carolinas championship to earn their sixth straight title on Sunday, April 21 at Williams Stadium.

Junior attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) delivered five goals and six assists for the second straight game and in the process shattered the Limestone single season points record, becoming the first Saint to surpass 100 points in a season. She now has 102 on the season. Oor also added six groundballs on the day.

Junior midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) drilled six goals and senior midfielder Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) added four goals and an assist. Senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) finished with a goal and three assists and senior midfielder Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.) chipped in with three scores.

Sophomore midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) each came away with a pair of scores to round out the offense. Senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) started and played 55:49, allowing nine goals and making three saves to improve to 16-1 on the season.

The Saints wasted no time in getting their offense going after watching No. 6 Pfeiffer's offense be held in check throughout their semifinal game against the Royals. Limestone scored the first four goals of the game as Brittany Howard jump started it with a pair of free position scores and Katie Farrell had the other two.

Queens broke up the run with a goal by Arika Zimmerman off a free position at 17:42 but Sarah Oor would then take matters into her own hands. Less than 30 seconds later she would convert on a man-up free-position goal before notching a shorthanded goal nearly 10 minutes later to make it 6-1. Over the next four and a half minutes, the Saints would go on to score three more to push to an eight goal lead before the Royals Jena Ready made it 9-2 heading into the break.

In the second half, Limestone delivered back-to-back goals to push to a 11-2 advantage with 25:14 remaining before Queens duplicated the feat to pull back to within 11-4. Goals by Oor and Queener then sparked a 4-1 run that gave the Saints a commanding 15-5 lead with 17:45 on the clock. The Royals would eventually close to within 16-9 with 12:18 left but would get no closer as Limestone closed out the game, and their sixth straight tournament title, with five straight goals to reach the final margin of 21-9.

A feisty team from the start, Queens was led by Ready with a pair of goals and an assist while Zimmerman, Maggie Masters and Brittany Larranaga each added two scores. Abby Grange chipped in with a solo goal and Danielle Horoschak played 50:44, allowing 18 goals and making 10 saves to suffer the loss.

Limestone returns to action when they travel to Hickory, N.C. for a non-conference contest with Lenoir-Rhyne on April 25. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

2013-04-21



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