Lenoir-Rhyne Falls to Offensive Onslaught by #2 Limestone

HICKORY, N.C. Three players scored at least four goals apiece and combined for 15 scores as No. 2 Limestone (17-1, 7-0) asserted itself early in defeating Lenoir-Rhyne (7-7), 20-3, in non-conference action on Thursday, April 25.

Junior midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) erupted for a game-high six goals and added an assist and three groundballs while sophomore midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) finished with five goals and an assist.

Junior attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) was up to her old tricks as she had seven points, scoring four goals and dishing out three more assists. She now has 106 points just this season and 250 for her career. Senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) played all 60 minutes, making seven saves and allowing just three goals, to improve to an impressive 17-1 on the season.

LRU came out strong defensively to start the game, holding the Saints scoreless over the first six minutes before McCarrick drilled her 43rd goal of the season with 23:32 on the clock. She was followed less than a minute later as senior attack Ali Schumacher (Gainesville, Va.) connected off a pass from Katie Farrell to make it 2-0 at 22:44.

The hits would just keep on coming as Farrell collected her first goal at 21:26 and McCarrick added another at 19:11. On the Farrell goal, Sarah Oor notched the assist, becoming the first player in program history to notch 100 points in a season.

The Bears' Sarah Gioconda then broke through off a pass from Lauren Donovan to cut it to 4-1 but that margin would not get any smaller as the Saints notched the next three goals, the last two by Oor, to push to 7-1 by the 9:11 mark. LRU's Sarah Minick made it 7-2 with 8:13 on the clock but back-to-back goals by senior midfielder Chelsea Hargett (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Farrell, the latter coming with three seconds on the clock, put it at 9-2 heading to the half.

The second half would see an absolute domination by Limestone as they locked the Bears down and exploded on offense, scoring eight straight over the first 18:35 to pull away to an insurmountable 19-2 advantage with 11:25 remaining. Of those, Farrell would score four while McCarrick notched back-to-back scores. Claire Wach snapped that stretch with a goal at 8:19 but it would not matter as McCarrick added one more at 5:12 to close out the scoring in the 20-3 victory.

Minick, Gioconda and Wach each had solo goals for Lenoir-Rhyne while Donovan and Hayley Beaty each had assists. Ashley Gruning started and played 47:28, allowing 14 goals while making five saves and Amanda Cotto gave up six goals in 12:32 of action.

Limestone wraps up the 2013 regular season with a meeting with No. 10 Florida Southern on Saturday, May 4. Slated for a 1:00 p.m. start time at Saints Field, the game will also serve as Senior Day.


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