Limestone edges No. 11 Bentley
Senior Queener and freshman McCarrick each net a hat trick
WINTER PARK, Fla. – In what amounted to a heavyweight title fight, No. 6 Limestone (7-1, 1-0 CC) pulled out a thrilling 12-11 victory against No. 11 Bentley (1-1, 1-0 NE-10) in a neutral site game on Thursday, March 15. The game was played on the campus of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.
Senior attack Sylvia Queener and freshman midfielder Sam McCarrick each netted a hat trick while McCarrick added an assist for a game-high four points. They were joined by junior attack Chelsea Treat and senior attack Racquel Prager with two goals apiece while sophomore attack Sarah Oor had a goal and two assists.
Sophomore midfielder Katie Farrell added the Saints only other goal and the only one from a non-starter. Senior goalkeeper Brigid Milchling played all 60 minutes between the pipes, allowing 11 goals and making eight saves to improve to 7-1 on the season.
The Falcons came out strong, recording the first two goals of the game but it took until the 20:27 mark to get the first as both teams locked down defensively. Trailing 3-1, Limestone erupted for five consecutive goals in a 7:24 stretch to take a 6-3 lead with 6:09 left in the first half. Prager bookended that run with a pair of goals while McCarrick had back-to-back scores to tie it and give the Saints their first lead.
It would then be the Falcons turn for a run as they scored three consecutive goals to end the half tied at 6-6 and added a fourth in the first 30 seconds of the second half to take a 7-6 lead. Jackie Brown had the first and last goals in that stretch. In what quickly developed into a game of "can you top this," Treat keyed a 4-0 Limestone run as she drilled back-to-back goals into the net to help lead the Saints to a 10-7 advantage with 19:18 to play.
The teams would then alternate the next three goals before the score settled at 11-9 at the 9:33 mark. Bentley's Lauren Canepa then found the back of the net 1:56 later to cut the margin to one at 11-10. The score wouldn't stay that way for long as McCarrick drilled her third goal of the game with 5:28 to play. It would end up being the eventual game winner as the Falcon's Brown scored 43 seconds later to make it 12-11.
Bentley would have no more such scores, however, as their only two shots of the remaining 4:45 were off the mark and Limestone withstood six consecutive Falcon fouls to hang on for the thrilling one goal victory.
Jackie Brown led Bentley with a hat trick and added a pair of groundballs and draw controls while Cori Geiger, Chelsea Larivee and Carolyn Kynoch each had two goals. Larivee added three groundballs and Taylor Bastien and Lauren Canepa each had solo goals to round out the scoring for the Falcons. Ally Dorman allowed all 12 goals and made five saves in net to fall to 1-1 on the season.