Limestone backs up high ranking
Notebook: Salisbury held off unranked Adrian in wild 18-15 win
In winning its first two games of the 2011 season by a combined score of 39-4, Limestone certainly flexed their offensive muscles, showing why they entered the week ranked fourth in the IWLCA Division II Poll. However, with season-opening opponents Erskine and St. Andrews Presbyterian having gone a combined 5-25 during the 2010 season, the question remained as to how the Saints would fair against more accomplished opposition.
Those questions were answered this weekend, when the Saints stepped out of Conference Carolinas play.
Powered by an eight-goal week from sophomore attacker Chelsea Treat, Limestone defeated not one, but two Top 10 teams last week. On Wednesday, Treat’s fifth goal gave the Saints an 11-4 lead midway through the second half, and Limestone was able to withstand a late Mercyhurst charge to defeat the No. 6 Lakers 12-9. Then, on Saturday, Treat scored two of her three goals during a five-goal second half, her first goal giving the Saints a lead they would not relinquish in an 8-7 win against No. 9 Gannon.
While the native of Penn Yan, N.Y., was responsible for 40 percent of the Saints’ offense in their victories over the Lakers and Golden Knights, she was hardly alone. Junior attacker Racquel Prager had a hat trick in the win over Mercyhurst, while freshman Jessica Aquano came off the bench with a hat trick of her own, and also added the game-winning goal in the win over Gannon.
The Saints aren’t taking time to rest on their laurels, though. Limestone is back out on the field on Monday afternoon, closing out their three-game homestand against Shippensburg before hitting the road to take on No. 5 West Chester on Thursday.
Need to Know
• Penn fell from No. 6 to No. 8 in the IWLCA Division I Poll after its season-opening win against Drexel, but that’s unlikely to happen after the Quakers’ second win of the season. Emily Leitner made nine saves, three different Penn players scored two goals apiece, and the Quakers upended No. 3 North Carolina 10-7. Caroline Bunting was one of those with a pair of tallies, giving her five in Penn’s first two games. With their season-opening homestand complete, the Quakers will hit the road on Wednesday, traveling to No. 20 Hofstra – coming off a 13-8 upset at the hands of Albany on Saturday – for the first of three consecutive road games.
• Reigning Division III NCAA Champion Salisbury got its toughest test of the young season from an unlikely source, as unranked Adrian scored seven of the game’s last 10 goals before coming up short, 18-15 – in a Wednesday afternoon tilt. The No. 1 Sea Gulls came back energized in their next game, scoring seven straight goals to close out a 13-4 first half en route to a 20-8 win over No. 13 Catholic. Senior attacker Trish DiGirolomo recorded two goals and a career-high eight assists in the win over the Cardinals, giving her 12 helpers for the week and bringing her into sixth place among Salisbury’s career assists leaders. She’ll look to continue her climb on Wednesday afternoon, when the Sea Gulls return home to host No. 18 Mary Washington.
• No. 8 Stonehill hit the ground running in its season opener against Georgian Court, as not one but two Skyhawks scored five goals in a 20-7 win against the Lions. Junior Sam Lynott and senior Hannah Anderson combined for 10 of the Stonehill goals, while Lynott assisted on three goals (two by Anderson) to finish with a game-high eight points. The Skyhawks will look to keep their momentum going as they head into Northeast-10 play, hosting St. Michael’s College on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
• Shannon Smith is one of three players from No. 2 Northwestern named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, but the Long Island native stands alone after recording 19 points in two wins for the No. 2 Wildcats last week. Smith scored six goals and added three assists to pace the Wildcats in an 18-8 win against Navy on Thursday, then scored five goals and added five assists in a 24-15 win against Georgetown on Saturday.
• A day after being one of only two Division III players named to the Tewaaraton watch list, Alison Jaeger of the College of New Jersey showed why she’s so highly regarded, figuring on five of the Lions’ 21 goals in a 21-4 win against Frostburg State. Jaeger had a hat trick and two assists for No. 4 TCNJ, which will open New Jersey Athletic Conference play on Friday at Kean.
• Going on the road hasn’t slowed down No. 9 Stanford’s powerful offensive attack or season-opening hot streak. The Cardinal scored a combined 32 goals in wins against Ohio State and Canisius over the weekend, with Emilie Boeri scoring six goals and assisting on two more in the run to help Stanford run its record to 6-0 with an average of nearly 16 goals per game.
• It’s been nearly two weeks since she last played, but Adelphi senior Kaitlyn Carter has already shown why she was one of 48 players named to the Tewaaraton Watch List. Carter scored six goals and added an assist in the No. 1 Panthers’ 21-9 win against Rollins on February 22, and will look to pick up where she left off on Saturday, when the reigning NCAA Division II Champions host Philadelphia University at noon.
• No. 14 Washington & Lee’s season-opening win streak came to an end at the hands of Erin Dunne and No. 3 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Dunne assisted on two goals during the Diplomats’ game-opening 5-0 run, then scored two of the Diplomats’ last three goals to help them pull away from a determined Generals side, coming away with an 11-8 win in Lexington, Va.