Limestone Closes Out Lock Haven with Late Run
from Press Release
SALEM, Va. – Deadlocked at 7-7 late in the game, a four-goal outburst led No. 3 Limestone (9-0, 3-0 CC) to an incredibly important 11-7 victory over No. 4 Lock Haven (2-1, 0-0 PSAC) in an NCAA Division II women's lacrosse game on Thursday, March 20.
Junior midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) registered three goals along with three draw controls and a pair of groundballs to spearhead the Saints efforts while sophomore attack Carleigh Davis (Eldersburg, Md.) had a pair of scores, an assist and five critical groundballs to give Limestone key possessions.
Sophomore midfielder Taylor Cline (Hagerstown, Md.) notched a goal and helped fuel the offense with a pair of assists, with two groundballs, and senior attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) and senior attack Katie Farrell (Brooks, Ga.) each had two scores. Oor added three groundballs and senior defender Jessica Tessman (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) recorded three big caused turnovers.
Freshman goalkeeper Sydney Teeter (Auburn, N.Y.) was masterful in goal as she played all 60 minutes and allowed just seven goals to the No. 4 team in the country while making seven saves. With the win, she improves to a perfect 9-0 on the year.
The beginning of the game would turn out to be much like the ending as the Saints hammered out the first three goals over a span of 5:33 for a 3-0 lead. LHU's Jessica Pandolf would get the Lady Eagles on the scoreboard at 22:31 but Farrell netted the first of her two goals just under nine minutes later to make it 4-1. Lock Haven would then register a pair of unassisted scores in the final nine minutes of the half to cut it to 4-3 at the break.
Limestone's McCarrick stretched it back to a two goal lead in the first four minutes of the second half when she drilled home a free position attempt but LHU would not go away. In a span of nearly 10 minutes, they would score three of the next four goals, two by Pandolf, to knot it at 6-6 with 14:58 on the clock.
Carleigh Davis gave the Saints back the lead at 13:54 as she took a pass from Taylor Cline and drove it home but Pandolf answered back at the 8:13 mark to tie it at 7-7. With 7:37 remaining, it would be an unassisted goal by McCarrick that ignited a game-deciding four straight goals, including the first three in just 2:20, to shell shock the Lady Eagles and give Limestone a hard fought 11-7 victory.
Pandolf came up big with a game-high four goals, five groundballs, two draw controls and a caused turnover to pace Lock Haven while Chelsea Borrino had three assists. Taylor Klunk chipped in with a goal, assist and a caused turnover and Rachel Ward had a goal, four groundballs, a pair of draw controls and a caused turnover. Chrissy Baffuto played all 60 minutes in goal and allowed 11
"Over the last few games we've struggled finishing the game and were letting teams back in in the second half," said head coach Scott Tucker. "Today we closed it out. Our defense and goaltending played outstanding and that play gave our offense the opportunities we needed to score against a very good Lock Haven team. Our goal now is to build off of this and start preparing for a strong Rollins team."
Limestone returns to the field on Saturday, March 29 for another monumental game as they host southern rival, No. 8 Rollins. A rematch of the Saints double-overtime national semifinal victory from a year ago, game time is set for 12 p.m. at the Upper Practice Field.
The Saints are now 8-5 all-time against Lock Haven and have won the last four, all of which came while LHU was nationally ranked ... three of those four came against the No. 4 team in the country, including today ... the four goal victory ties the largest Saints margin of victory in the series (equaling last year's 11-7 victory) and is the second largest in the series ... The Lady Eagles claimed a 12-7 victory on March 12, 2005 in Gaffney, S.C. for the largest margin.
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