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Limestone Athletics | September 22, 2013

Hat trick lifts Limestone against Mercy

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Playing its second of three games in as many days, No. T7 Limestone (5-1) made sure there was no let down as it took out Mercy (0-6) by a 3-1 score on Sunday.

It took very little time for the Saints offense to assert itself as junior attack Rachel Goromonzi delivered the first of three goals just 4:53 in off a pass from junior midfielder Casey Werkheiser. That 1-0 lead would last only until the 16:28 mark when the Mavericks' Danielle Jones converted on a penalty stroke to tie the game.

It wouldn't stay that way long as, less than a minute later, Goromonzi broke away from the defense and raced downfield to beat the keeper one-on-one for her second goal of the game. Limestone would then take that 2-1 lead into the half after holding down Mercy's offense for the remaining 17-plus minutes.

In the second half, it would be Goromonzi again as she took a pass from senior midfielder Brittany Zimmerman and rifled it past the keeper for a little breathing room at 3-1 with 46:50 gone by. That margin would be all the Saints would need as they made it stand up during the final 23 minutes to move to 5-1 on the season. That victory puts Limestone in line to equal the best start in program history -- 6-1 to open the 2011 season.

Goromonzi delivered her third career hat trick and equaled the second most goals (three) and points (six) in a single game in program history. She was joined offensively by Werkheiser and Zimmerman with an assist each. Senior goal keeper Lindsay Hinton produced another stellar effort as she allowed just the one goal and made seven saves in 70 minutes of action to move to 5-1 on the year.

Danielle Jones scored the lone goal for the Mavericks while Kristen Znaniecki surrendered all three goals and made 10 saves in 70 minutes of work in goal.

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