Limestone dominates Pfeiffer
Victory gives Dolphins lead in Conference Carolinas
MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- In a battle for first place in Conference Carolinas, No. 4 Limestone (12-1, 4-0 CC) asserted its dominance, dismantling Pfeiffer (7-6, 3-1 CC) 20-12 on Thursday.
Sarah Oor blitzed the Pfeiffer defense for a career-high six goals along with three assists while Racquel Prager recorded five goals for the second consecutive game and added an assist.
Sylvia Queener tied career-highs with four goals and five points and Sam McCarrick had three goals and a pair of assists.
Chelsea Treat and Katie Farrell added the only other scores on the day for Limestone. Treat also had two assists. Defensively Jenelle Fortunato had a game-high five groundballs to go along with four draw controls while Brigid Milchling played all 60 minutes between the pipes, registering 12 saves and moving to 11-1 on the year.
The Saints rocketed out to an early 3-0 lead by the 21:03 mark before Pfeiffer responded with back-to-back goals in less than a minute to cut it to 3-2. Another three-goal outburst with a goal and assist each from McCarrick and Queener stretched Limestone's advantage to 6-2 midway through the half.
A Kristi Korn goal at 13:09 was the only thing that interrupted the Saints run as Oor assisted on a third Queener goal before drilling consecutive scores herself. With the score at 9-3 with eight minutes left in the half, the Falcons tallied their own hat trick with a goal and assist from Bonnel and back-to-back scores by Korn that cut the deficit to 9-6 at the break.
That would be their last rally as Limestone scored eight of the first 10 goals to push its lead to an insurmountable 17-8 with 13:11 remaining. Prager opened that stretch with a pair of goals in the first five minutes and added a third a little more than 10 minutes in while Oor connected on three more attempts. McCarrick and Queener stayed involved as they each picked up another score.
Katherine Athens did her best to get Pfeiffer back into the game with consecutive scores to make it 17-10 but the Saints would have none of it, scoring three more time in a four minute span to get to 20 goals for the fourth time this season, three of which have come against Conference Carolinas competition. The Falcons' Rachel Hebberd added a pair of goals in the last minute to reach the final margin of 20-12.
Hebberd led Pfeiffer with six points on four goals and a pair of assists, along with three groundballs and two draw controls, while Korn had three goals, two assists and four draws. Shannon Bonnel finished with a pair of goals, an assist and a game-high six draw controls.
Katherine Adams scored two goals. Liz Melesh had a goal and two assists but turned it over four times and Sarah Daly notched a pair of assists.
Rachel McCarthy allowed 14 goals and made seven saves in the first 47:30 before getting yanked in favor of Jamie Alcala. She played the remaining 12:30 and gave up six goals and made one save.