#3 West Chester Downs #6 Limestone in Semifinal

LISLE, IL - Katelyn Martin scored four times, set the NCAA Division II career scoring record, and led her West Chester University women's lacrosse team to it fifth National Championship Game appearance in six years on Saturday as the Golden Rams defeated Limestone College 10-8 in the Division II Semifinals in Lisle, IL.

The victory propels the Golden Rams into Sunday's title game vs. Adelphi at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) at Benedictine University. The Panthers knocked off LIU-C.W. Post in Saturday's first semifinal 9-8.

The Golden Rams have now won 15 straight games, are 5-0 all-time in NCAA Division II National Semifinal contests, and are making their third straight NCAA Division II Championship Game appearance. Limestone ends its season 16-4.

Martin scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal late in the second half as she gave the Golden Rams a 9-7 lead. She finished the game with four goals and upped her career point total to 362 points - breaking the former mark of 359 held by Deb Wood of Gannon University.

Martin scored just 43 second into the game to put West Chester ahead 1-0, tying the NCAA II mark for career points. She would break the record with 7:29 left in the first half on a free position tally.

Christine Kane scored three times for West Chester, upping her season total to 73, while Stephanie Kienle scored twice.

The Golden Rams led 7-6 at the break, but Limestone tied the game on a goal by Lauryn Wise 36:08. The Saints then had two goals disallowed by crease violations and WCU senior goalkeeper Chelsea Marshall began slamming the door on the Limestone offense. She won her 18th game of the season to set a new school record.

Mandy Masoner broke the 7-7 with 9:37 left in the game, giving the Golden Rams a lead they would not relinquish. Martin then punched in her game-winner goal just under five minutes later when she broke through a double-team from behind the cage and beat Limestone goalkeeper Jackie Weaver.

The Saints pulled within one when Summer Ferarro scored her fourth goal of the contest with just 3:56 left in regulation on a rebound. Marshall made a brilliant save but Ferrao charged after the loose ball and fired it into an open net.

Kane then completed the hat-trick with 1:36 left in the contest when Weaver tried to anticipate a pass to Martin along the sideline and left her goal unattended. Kane faked the pass, streaked to the middle of the field, and fired in the game's final goal while being knocked to the ground.

West Chester led 3-1 in the first eight minutes of the contest on a goal by Martin and two from Kienle, but Limestone reeled off three straight scores over a six-minute span to take its only lead of the game at 4-3.

West Chester closed out the first half by scoring four of the final six goals of the period and eventually tied the school record for victories in a campaign with 18.

Sunday's title game is a rematch of the 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship that Adelphi won 12-11 over the Golden Rams in Orlando.

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LISLE, Ill. The No. 6 Limestone College Lady Saints lacrosse team fell to No. 3 West Chester, 10-8, in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday at Benedictine University. The Lady Saints' season ends with a 16-4 overall record while the Golden Rams climb to 18-2.

The two teams battled hard throughout the match. West Chester scored the first two goals of the game to go up 2-0, but Summer Ferraro (East Setauket, N.Y.) scored to put the Lady Saints on the board. The Golden Rams gained a 3-1 lead before goals from Marissa Pesce (West Babylon, N.Y.) and Ferraro tied the score at 3-3. Kelly Lickert (Penn Yan, N.Y.) scored off a free-position attempt for a brief 4-3 lead before West Chester evened the score and took the lead from a free position goal. It was back and forth the rest of the half, as Ferraro and Kristen Black (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) scored but, West Chester scored the final goal of the period for the 7-6 advantage heading into halftime.

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2006-05-14



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