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Roundup: Limestone shuts out Mercy

No. 4 Stonehill 3, Assumption 1

EASTON, Mass. -- Stonehill, ranked fourth in this week's coaches' poll, ran its program-best season-opening winning streak to ten games with a 3-1 victory against Assumption in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium on Friday.

Sophomore Lauren Giordano scored a pair of goals to lead the way for Stonehill. Classmate Erika Kelly added her NCAA Division II-leading 19th marker of the year, drawing her within a goal of Stonehill's single-season record of 20 set by Claire Hourihan, in 2008 and matched in 2009. Kelly's Division II-best 39 points is nine shy of Hourihan's single-season record of 48 set in 2008. Senior All-American Devin Ingersoll and classmate Kelsey Davis chipped in with assists for the Skyhawks.

Junior Elizabeth Genovese made four of her six saves in the first half to preserve the win for Stonehill. The Skyhawks finished with a 13-9 edge in shots and a 10-5 advantage for penalty corners, including 6-1 in the second half.

Freshman Meghan Sullivan scored the lone goal for Assumption, with sophomore Taylor Chase collecting an assist. Senior Heather Philbrick stopped two shots in the Greyhounds cage.

Giordano gave Stonehill a two-goal halftime lead with a pair of goals just 2:14 apart. She got the Skyhawks on the board at 22:19 when she broke in one on one with the Assumption goalkeeper, slipped past Philbrick and her shot was too strong for a pair of Greyhound defenders to corral off the line. Giordano doubled the lead at 24:33 by getting her stick on a drive from the top off the arc by Ingersoll on a penalty corner and redirecting it into the cage for her fifth goal of the season and third this week.

Assumption cut the lead in half 3:50 into the second half when Sullivan one timed a shot to the left of Genovese off a pass by Chase from the left side of the scoring area for her fifth goal of the year. Kelly restored Stonehill's two goal cushion just more than eight minutes later with a lobbed shot over Philbrick off a Davis corner at 46:54. She now has a point in all nine of her games played this season, scoring a goal in eight of those nine games and 11 of her last 13 games played dating back to last season, posting a 13-game point streak.

No. 8 Limestone 5, Mercy 0

GAFFNEY, S.C. -- A 1-0 halftime lead ballooned to a 5-0 final as No. 8 Limestone (8-2) downed Mercy (0-9) to win its third consecutive game on Friday.

In what would prove to be a potent connection for the Saints, sophomore midfielder Rebekah Baker found junior attack Rachel Goromonzi for a 1-0 lead when the pair connected with just 1:39 gone by. That lone score would hold up for the remainder of the first half but would be quickly replicated at the beginning of the final 35 minutes.

With just more than three minutes gone by in the second half, Baker found Goromonzi again, this time for a rifle shot to the back left of the goal to make it 2-0. That would open the flood gates as sophomore midfielder Nicolle Grant connected off a pass from senior attack Kelsey Barr just seven minutes later.

Barr herself would then follow with a score at 51:20 before freshman midfielder Stembeni Zhanda took it herself to round out the scoring at 5-0 at the 54:58 mark. From there, the Limestone defense locked up the shutout to improve to 8-2 on the season.

Goromonzi led the Saints with a pair of scores while Barr, Zhanda and Grant each had solo scores. Baker notched a pair of assists and Barr and junior midfielder Casey Werkheiser added single assists. Senior goal keeper Lindsay Hinton played all 70 minutes to pitch the shutout and recorded two saves to move to 8-2 on the year.

Jaclyn Ballin mustered the only two shots on goal for Mercy while Kristen Znaniecki played 66:48 and allowed all five goals while making nine saves.