May 18, 2013

Limestone Beats Rollins on Open-Netter in 2OT

by Matt DaSilva | LaxMagazine.com | Live Blog Replay

Chelsea Treat scored four goals, including the game-winner with 13.3 seconds left in double overtime on an open-net free position, to lift Limestone to an 11-10 NCAA semifinal victory. The Saints will play defending champ LIU Post in Sunday's final.

© Scott McCall

* LIU Post Survives, Advances to D-II Final

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The same devil-may-care attitude that put the Rollins women's lacrosse team on the brink of its first NCAA Division II championship game led to its undoing Saturday, much to Limestone's delight.

Senior midfielder Chelsea Treat converted an open-net free position with 13.3 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Saints to an 11-10 victory and send them to Sunday's 3 p.m. final against defending champion LIU Post.

"I'm known for being one of the worst 8-meter shooters on the team. It's an ongoing joke. I can't make an 8-meter to save my life," Treat said. "So it's kind of ironic that it came down to that."

Ironic, but entirely befitting, especially considering what transpired at the end of regulation.

Trailing 9-8 late in the game, the Saints pulled goalie Rashelle McLellan out of the cage to play defense, virtually daring the Tars to shoot. Ginevra Czech took the bait and scored on an open goal to put Rollins up 10-8 with 2:04 left.

The plan worked perfectly for Limestone, who scored two goals in a 36-second span to send the game into overtime.

"We pulled the goalie out, and we relied on winning draws after that," Saints coach Scott Tucker said. "We left an open net and hoped they would attack and give us an opportunity to win it back on the draw. It worked out for us."

Even though Czech's goal backfired on Rollins, Tars coach Dennis Short did not apologize for giving her the green light.

"The [previous] timeout we said, 'Hold it unless it's a 10.' Especially in a situation like that it's got to be a 10 out of 10," Short said. "That was a 10."

Treat struck right away, winning the draw and careening to the goal to score with 1:49 remaining. She was pushed from behind on the play by Rollins midfielder Chelsea Pinneke, who drew a yellow card for the foul, automatically giving Limestone possession after the goal.

Saints midfielder Jessie Aguglia punched in an unassisted goal to tie it at the 1:13 mark.

Aguglia had a chance to win it on a free position with 17 seconds left, but her shot sailed wide to ensure just the second overtime game in NCAA Division II tournament history.

After nearly nine minutes of scoreless play in overtime, Rollins continued to apply pressure on the wings and behind the goal on defense. Treat broke free behind the goal and came around the left side. Tars goalie Elyse De Lisle came out to challenge Treat, but fouled her on the play, setting up the open-net free position.

"We are a risk-taking defense and team in general. She tried to make a play," Short said. "It was a little mistimed. We got the foul. She's picked off a ton of passes throughout the year in that situation. If we were to do it all again, I would tell her to take a chance. She was trying to win the game for us."

"That's how they play all the time. They're a great team. They're aggressive. They always have been," Treat said. "When we play other teams, we don't see anything like the way they pressure. I just went to the goal. I didn't think they'd let up. They wanted it just as much as we did."

Treat finished with a game-high four goals for Limestone (20-1).

Czech, Erica Pagliarulo, Sophie Townsend and Caroline Lamere scored two goals apiece for Rollins (16-2).


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