No. 2 Limestone Wins 2OT Battle with No. 3 Rollins to Advance

OWINGS MILLS, Md. Trailing by two with just over two minutes to play in regulation, No. 2 Limestone (20-1, 7-0 CC) rallied to force overtime and scored on an empty net in sudden victory to earn an 11-10 double overtime victory over No. 3 Rollins to advance to the NCAA Division II championship game.

With the victory, the Saints will face No. 1 and defending national champion LIU Post (19-0) on Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m.

Trailing 10-8 with 2:04 left and with things looking bleak, Limestone won the next draw control but didn't keep the ball long as senior midfielder Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) raced down the field and hammered home the Saints ninth goal to make it 10-9 with 1:49 to play.

Thanks to a card on that goal where Treat was pushed into the crease, Limestone retained possession and senior midfielder Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.) took full advantage as she delivered the equalizer with 1:13 to play. The only legitimate scoring opportunity over the rest of regulation came on a Limestone free position attempt with 18 seconds remaining that went wide left and brought about overtime.

Throughout the six minutes of overtime, Limestone was on defense for the entire time as Rollins could not convert on several scoring opportunities. Following that first overtime, the teams shifted to sudden victory and the fortunes shifted for the Saints as well.

Limestone took advantage of an early possession in the second OT and made it count. With 10.5 seconds on the clock, a rare foul on Rollins keeper left an open net, and an opportunity for a trip to the championship game, for the Saints. Chelsea Treat, faced with the weight of one shot to accomplish so much, then proceeded to drill the shot home past three charging Tars to send Limestone to its second national title game with a thrilling 11-10 victory.

Treat led the way the entire game for the Saints as she recorded a game-high four goals along with three draw controls while sophomore midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) and junior attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) each had a pair of scores. Senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) chipped in with two assists Aguglia, senior midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Chelsea Hargett (Ithaca, N.Y.) each had solo scores.

Senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) played all 68:49, allowing 10 goals and making six saves to move to 20-1 overall on the season.

What was expected to be a tightly contested game was certainly that as Rollins got on the board first off a Ginevra Czech goal just 1:12 in before Chelsea Hargett knotted it at 1-1 off of a free position attempt a minute and a half later at 27:18. The score would stay that way for the next 12:30 until Chelsea Treat registered her 63rd of the season off an assist from Sylvia Queener to make it 2-1 at the 14:48 mark.

The Tars would notch the equalizer as Sophie Townsend found Caroline Lamere to tie it at 2-2 with 7:25 on the clock before Limestone drilled back-to-back unassisted scores. The first of those came from Sarah Oor at 5:53 with a shot from the left side, followed by senior midfielder Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) going straight up the middle to make it 4-2.

It would be Rollins turn to go on the offensive as Tyler Thomas took a pass from Lamere to make it 4-3 at 3:04. It would not stay that way as Erica Pagliarulo connected for her 41st to tie it at 4-4 with 16 seconds to play in the first half. That would be the score the teams would then take to the break.

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