Limestone sets record for single-season victories with first-round win
GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Making their sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament, Limestone (19-1, 7-0 CC) downed Pfeiffer (14-3, 5-1 CC) on Saturday for the program's second tournament win and the record-setting 19th victory this season.
Senior attack Sylvia Queener exploded for eight points on five goals and three assists while junior attack Sarah Oor finished with four goals and five groundballs. Sophomore midfielder Sam McCarrick had a goal and three assists and junior midfielder Katie Farrell added a pair of assists. Senior midfielder Chelsea Treat chipped in with a goal and game-high-tying six groundballs.
Senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan played all 60 minutes, allowing just three goals while making eight saves to improve to a program record 19-1. The 19 victories as a team marks the most in a single-season in program history.
The Saints, veterans of six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, wasted no time in asserting themselves as they took an early 3-0 lead by the 15:36 mark of the first half. Queener notched the first of her scores on a free-position attempt just 1:05 into the game before senior midfielder Chelsea Hargett delivered an unassisted goal little more than a minute later. Queener then took it to three off a pass from Farrell.
PU's Sarah Daly broke the early run with goal off an assist from Delaney Miller with 8:15 on the clock, but the torrent would continue as Queener notched the next two goals to send the teams to the half with the Saints ahead 5-1.
It got no better for the Falcons as Limestone rolled into the second half by scoring the first seven goals to balloon their lead to 12-1 by the 10:59 mark. Carly Garrison made it 12-2 at the 7:36 mark before Sarah Oor put another one home to push it back to an 11-goal lead. Garrison then added a second goal three minutes later to reach the final margin of 13-3.
Garrison led Pfeiffer with a pair of goals while Sarah Daly had the only other score. Courtney Luther had five groundballs and Garrison added four. Cassidy Wilson played all 60 minutes and allowed 13 goals while making just six saves.
Limestone moves on to the NCAA semifinals in Owings Mills, Md. and will face Rollins on May 18.