Queener's Heroics Lift Limestone Past Rollins
from press release
WINTER PARK, Fla. – In a battle of teams that already don't like each other, because of close games over the past three seasons, No. 6 Limestone (7-1, 2-0 CC) got the better of No. 3 Rollins (6-1) and pulled out a huge 13-12 victory in an NCAA Division II women's lacrosse game on Saturday in Florida.
Senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) notched five goals and an assist, including the game winner, to lead the Saints attack. She was joined by senior midfielder Chelsea Hargett (Ithaca, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) with two goals apiece while sophomore midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Brittany Howard(Oswego, N.Y.) each had solo goals.
Junior midfielder Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) added a goal and a pair of assists while senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan (East Lyme, Conn.) played all 60 minutes in net, allowing 12 goals and making 16 saves, to improve to 7-1 on the season.
The Tars jumped out ahead early as Tyler Thomas and Jamie Wadovick notched back-to-back goals for a 2-0 lead at the 25:41 mark. At that point, Sylvia Queener took it upon herself to jump start the Saints offense with three consecutive goals over a span of four minutes. That run gave Limestone a 3-2 advantage but it would be brief as Rollins answered right back with a goal by Anna Townsend at 17:39.
Not at all satisfied with the tie score they found themselves in, Limestone erupted for three more consecutive goals as Oor, Hargett and Treat each scored to make it 6-3 with 8:42 left in the first half. Neither side was done finding the back of the net as consecutive scores by the Tars Kelly Thayer and Townsend closed the gap to 6-5.
A goal by Farrell with 2:51 left pushed the Saints lead to two goals but Rollins' Erica Pagliarulo took it herself and notched two in the final minute, including one at four seconds, to knot the score at 7-7 heading into the half.
It continued to be a game of major runs as Limestone opened with three in a row over the first two minutes to break the deadlock and take a 10-7 lead at 27:56. A goal by the Tars Thomas then cut the deficit back to two at 25:39.
After a lull of about five minutes, the Saint's offense roared back to life as McCarrick and Queener delivered back-to-back goals over 10 seconds to push it to 12-8. Another batch of instant offense from the Tars in the form of Chelsea Pinneke and Sophie Townsend with consecutive scores cut it to 12-10.
Caroline Lamere would take care of that deficit for Rollins as she broke through with a pair of goals to tie the game at 12-12 with just 8:37 showing on the clock. Coming out of a timeout five minutes later it would be Queener that brought the offense as she scored an unassisted goal to put the Saints up 13-12 at the 3:03 mark. That would be all they would need as they held off a late Tars charge for the one goal victory.
Anna Townsend led Rollins with two goals and an assist while Erica Pagliarul, Caroline Lamere and Tyler Thomas each had two scores. Pinneke and Sophie Townsend each had a goal and an assist and Elyse De Lisle played all 60 minutes in cage, allowing all 13 goals and making just three saves to take the loss.
Limestone returns home to face Bloomsburg on Wednesday, March 20. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. at Saints Field.
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