No. 1 LIU Post Tops No. 2 Limestone to Repeat as D2 Champion

OWINGS MILLS, Md. Facing a team that has won three titles coming in, including last season, No. 2 Limestone (20-2, 7-0 CC) battled back and held a second half lead before succumbing to No. 1 LIU Post (20-0, 7-0 ECC) in the 2013 NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse National Championship game on Sunday, May 19 at Mustang Stadium.

Senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) led the way for the Saints with three goals while junior attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) and junior midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) each had a goal and an assist. For Oor, her two points made her the program's all-time career leader in points with 260.

Joining them in the scoring column with a goal apiece were sophomore midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.). Senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) played all 60 minutes, allowing just 10 goals and making eight saves.

Earning All-Tournament honors for the Saints were junior midfielder Maia Czarnecki (Oswego, N.Y.), Sylvia Queener and Sam McCarrick.

Limestone got on the board first as Sylvia Queener gave the Saints their first ever lead in the national title game with an unassisted score at 27:20. National Player of the Year candidate Jackie Sileo then showed why she is in the running for that honor as she fired in a shot behind her back in directly in front of the goal to deadlock it at 1-1.

She would then strike again in short order to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead when she found the back of the net at 25:18. That would last only a few minutes as Katie Farrell drove home her 51st of the year at 22:01 to put it at 2-2. LIU Post's Ashley Olen then answered with her 87th of the season less than two minutes later to make it 3-2.

A second goal by Rotan then pushed it to a two-goal lead at 4-2 at 6:38 before Sam McCarrick converted on a free position attempt to close to within one at 4-3. A furious offensive rally towards the end of the half put pressure on the Pioneers defense but did not yield a goal as the teams headed to the break with that one goal margin.

Defense was on tap at the beginning of the second half as neither team could register a score over most of the first five minutes. That changed at 25:02 as Jessie Aguglia, camped out in front of the cage, took a pass from Oor behind the net and rifled it home to tie it. That assist tied Oor for the program record for career points with 259.

It would be Queener that struck again after getting hit in the head. Taking advantage of her free position attempt she drove home the go-ahead goal at 22:09, giving the Saints their second lead of the game and first of the second half.

Four and a half minutes later the tied would turn, however, as Olen capitalized on a Limestone turnover and scored her 88nd of the year to tie it at 5-5 with 17:39 on the clock. It would not stay tied long as Jenna Pierro used a pass from Katie Rotan to put it at 6-5 less than a minute later and Abbie Ross (15:27), Sileo (14:36) and Olen (12:56) made it five in a row for a commanding 9-5 lead.

It would be six in a row as Sileo drove to the center of the net, went top shelf and then got knocked down to the ground hard by Czarnecki. That goal made it 10-5 with 11:18 left and seemed to take the steam out of the Saints.

Limestone stayed alive as they drove down the field approaching the five minute mark with Farrell finding Sylvia Queener in front of the net for her 46th goal of the season, cutting the deficit to 10-6. The Saints kept coming, however, as Sarah Oor raced down the field and scored to make it 10-7 with 3:14 to play. That goal gave her her 260th career point, breaking the record of Kelly Lickert in just three years.

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