No. 3 Limestone crushes No. 9 Rollins for largest margin of victory in series
GAFFNEY, S.C. -- A far cry from the one goal decision in last year's national semifinal, No. 3 Limestone (10-0, 3-0 CC) obliterated a young No. 8 Rollins (6-3) team, 18-5, on Saturday. The game was also the first on the new turf at Saints Field.
Senior midfielder Katie Farrell notched four goals and an assist while senior attack Sarah Oor finished with three goals, an assist, three groundballs and a caused turnover. They were joined offensively by sophomore midfielder Taylor Cline with three goals and junior attack Keirsten MacLellan added a pair of goals and an assist to go with four groundballs and four draw controls.
Defensively, senior defender Jenelle Fortunato notched three caused turnovers with four groundballs and senior defender Samantha Cock added a pair of caused turnovers, four groundballs and her first goal of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Sydney Teeter was masterful in goal as she played all 60 minutes and allowed just five goals while making five saves. She moves to a perfect 10-0.
The Saints would set the tone early as they took advantage of a pair of man-up situations in the first five minutes of play. Farrell connected on a pair of goals following two quick Tars' yellow cards to help Limestone jump out to a 4-0 lead by the 24:02 mark. Rollins would get on the board at 22:25 when Alley Rhinehart found Amy Martin but that would be it offensively for nearly a half.
After allowing that goal, the Saints offense reignited as they scored eight consecutivet to build a massive 12-1 lead by the 27:19 mark of the second half. During that stretch, Cline, Oor, Farrell and MacLellan each delivered a pair of scores to get the rout in full order.
The Tars would get a second goal to snap the streak when Rhinehart converted off a pass from Caroline Lamere at 26:07 but would never recover from the Saints offensive burst. Three more goals, including one by senior defender Maia Czarnecki, pushed it to 15-2. At that point Rollins had their best offensive series as they took three of the next four goals to cut it to 16-5 before McCarrick drove home two more to reach the final margin of 18-5.
Rhinehart led the way for the Tars with two goals, an assist and four groundballs and Martin chipped in with two scores. Lamere had a pair of assists and Kelly Thayer had a game-high six draw controls. Elyse De Lisle played 45 minutes, allowed 15 goals and made eight saves before heading to the bench midway through the second half. She falls to 6-3 on the season.