No. 3 Limestone Escapes with Win over Shippensburg

GAFFNEY, S.C. - Playing in a driving rain, on a slick field in 39-degree temperatures, No. 3 Limestone (8-0, 3-0 CC) forced 17 turnovers and slogged out a 10-7 non-conference victory over Shippensburg (3-1, 0-0 PSAC) in action on Monday, March 17.

Senior attack Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) drilled a game-high three goals and added an assist and two groundballs while junior midfielder Jessica Aguanno (Delray Beach, Fla.) and junior attack Keirsten MacLellan (Glyndon, Md.) each had a pair of scores. Sophomore attack Carleigh Davis (Eldersburg, Md.) had just one assist but delivered an incredible eight groundballs with five draw controls.

Topping that was senior defender Samantha Cock (Terra Cotta, Ontario, Canada) who finished with nine groundballs, four caused turnovers and a pair of draw controls. She was joined defensively by senior defender Maia Czarnecki (Oswego, N.Y.) who had five caused turnovers and six groundballs.

Senior defender Jenelle Fortunato (Vestal, N.Y.) was also a force defensively as she notched four caused turnovers and four groundballs. Freshman goalkeeper Sydney Teeter (Auburn, N.Y.) played 40:11 and allowed four goals while making a pair of saves to pick up the win and move to 8-0 on the season.

Defense and ball possession were the order of the day as both teams were forced to deal with a constant rain and slippery field conditions that greatly affected game play. The Red Raiders got on the board first as Garrie Grenfell converted on a pass from Sheila Johnson just under a minute and a half in before Farrell put home the equalizer from Oor 19 seconds later.

That would then be the first of six straight goals for the Saints over the next 15:34, three by Farrell, as they took a commanding 6-1 lead by the 12:39 mark. Courtney Kennedy snapped that streak with her lone goal of the day but it only briefly interrupted the Saints run as they scored the next three to push to a 9-2 advantage.

With that last Limestone goal opening the second half, and at just 12 seconds in, the Red Raiders began to turn things around. Johnson and Bennett Widlake went-back-to-back before in under three minutes before Grenfell made it three in a row to close to within 9-5 with 18:16 left.

Freshman midfielder Kathleen Gasset (Cincinnati, Ohio) converted on a free position attempt to make it a five goal margin. Ashley Pope would then score off a pass from Grenfell at 10:31 but it would be their last meaningful goal as the Saints defense buckled down and allowed just a tack on goal with 35 seconds left to reach the final margin of 10-7.

Grenfell finished with a pair of goals and an assist while Widlake added two goals to pace the Red Raiders offense. Kennedy added a goal and two assists but turned the ball over eight times with her four groundballs. Ally Frymoyer went the distance in goal as she allowed all 10 goals while making 17 saves to suffer her first loss of the season at 3-1.

Limestone returns to action Thursday, March 20 with one of their biggest games of the year when they take on No. 4 Lock Haven in the renewal of an annual rivalry. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. in Salem, Va. on the campus of Roanoke College, site of this year's NCAA Division II Final Four.

Notes: The Saints are now even at 4-4 in the all-time series with Shippensburg, dating to the first meeting on April 19, 1998 ... after losing the first three meetings by a combined eight goals, two of which were one goal games, Limestone has now won the four of the last five and three in a row ... the last meeting came on March 7, 2011 at Saints Field which was an 11-7 win ... while single game records are unavailable beyond 2008, the Saints produced the most caused turnovers in that time with their 17 this afternoon ... Czarnecki also tied the individual single game mark with her five.


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