No. 3 Limestone Storms by Belmont Abbey in Second Half

GAFFNEY, S.C. - Following a slow first half that left them with just a one goal advantage, No. 3 Limestone (11-0, 4-0 CC) erupted for 13 second half goals to post a whopping 19-8 victory over Belmont Abbey (8-4, 3-2) in an NCAA Division II women's lacrosse game on Saturday, April 5.

Senior midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) netted an impressive seven goals to deliver the brunt of the scoring punch while senior attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) found her groove with nine points behind six assists, five of which went to Farrell, along with three goals and four groundballs.

They were joined by junior midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) with four goals and an assist and sophomore attack Carleigh Davis (Eldersburg, Md.) with a goal, two assists, six groundballs, three draw controls and a caused turnover. Freshman midfielder Amanda Klein (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) added three caused turnovers and four groundballs and senior defender Samantha Cock (Terra Cotta, Ontario, Canada) finished with three caused turnovers, five draw controls and a pair of groundballs.

Senior defender Maia Czarnecki (Oswego, N.Y.) chipped in with three more caused turnovers and freshman goalkeeper Sydney Teeter (Auburn, N.Y.) played 47:53, recording three saves and allowing just six goals, to move to a perfect 11-0 on the year.

The Saints opened with three straight goals over the first 8:35 to take a 3-0 lead before the Crusaders responded with five consecutive scores, two by Ariel Walker, to pull ahead 5-3 with 11:06 left in the first half.

Any dreams of a major upset would quickly be put to rest by the 2013 NCAA Division II National Runner-Up as Limestone pounded home 15 straight goals to take an 18-5 lead with 14:16 remaining in the game. During that mammoth stretch, Farrell exploded for six of her seven goals, including three straight at one point, and Oor had five assists, four of which went to Farrell.

That would essentially be all she wrote for the Crusaders, although they did post three goals over the final 12:10 before freshman midfielder Samantha Yurechuk (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada) put home the second goal of her career, this with 34 seconds left, to wrap up the 19-8, second half fueled, bludgeoning.

Kassie Easter led Belmont Abbey with a pair of goals, an assist, four groundballs and five draw controls and Walker had two goals and an assist. MacKenzie Miller added a goal and an assist and Molly Schaefer finished with seven groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers. Reilly Johnson started in net and played 35:41 before giving up 13 goals and making 11 saves. Natasha Whitman finished up in cage, allowing six goals and making no saves in 24:19 of action. Johnson drops to 3-2 on the year.

Limestone steps out of conference for their next contest as they host regional foe Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday, April 9. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at the new Saints Field.

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GAFFNEY, SC-Belmont Abbey trailed #3 Limestone just 6-5 at the half-after taking a 5-3 lead-but the Saints outscored the Crusaders 13-3 in the final 30 minutes to earn a 19-8 win this afternoon at Saints Field. Limestone remains unbeaten at 11-0 overall and 4-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in league play.

Limestone scored the first three goals of the game, all coming in the first nine minutes, but the Crusaders stormed ahead with five straight goals in a span of eight minutes.

Ariel Walker started the flurry with a free position goal at the 19:16 mark. 54 seconds later, Katy Connery scored her only goal of the game, taking a pass from MacKenzie Miller, to cut the lead to 3-2.

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