No. 8 Limestone 5, Lindenwood 1
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- An offensive outburst paired with strong defense and several more records by junior attack Rachel Goromonzi helped No. 8 Limestone (10-2, 8-0 ISA) deliver a 5-1 victory at Lindenwood.
Sophomore attack Jill Funkhouser got the Saints offense on the board early as she took it herself with just 6:18 gone by for a 1-0 lead. Both team's defenses would then go into lockdown mode for the next 25 minutes as Limestone maintained its 1-0 lead.
With 31:11 on the clock, freshman midfielder Stembeni Zhanda drove one home for a 2-0 lead only to see it disallowed due to a Saints foul. Undeterred, Zhanda would get her goal and Limestone would go up 2-0, this time to stay, as sophomore midfielder Rebekah Baker found Zhanda in front of the cage for the score at 33:54.
The Saints kept up the offensive pressure in the second half, wasting no time as Funkhouser put a pass right to Baker's stick for an easy goal just 1:40 into the half. While it would remain a 3-0 lead for a while, it would certainly not stay at that margin as Goromonzi drilled her program single-season record-tying 14th goal at the 53:45 mark.
Lindenwood would get on the board in the ensuing seconds as Amelia Rodriguez converted her first of the season at 54:25 to narrow it to 4-1. The Saints offense would strike back quickly though as Goromonzi found Baker for her second goal, and fifth point, with 59:09 gone by to push it to 5-1.
That assist by Goromonzi also tied her for the most points in a single season by any Limestone player as she picked up her 29th of the year. From there, the Saints defense closed out the four-goal victory to earn the team's 10th victory, a feat it has now achieved in each of the previous three seasons.
Baker led Limestone with five points on a pair of goals and an assist while Goromonzi and Funkhouser each tallied a goal and an assist. Zhanda had the only other score on the day while senior goal keeper Lindsay Hinton went the whole way, making three saves and allowing just the one goal to improve to 10-2 on the season.
No. T9 Merrimack 4, Southern Connecticut State 1
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Senior forward Candace Waldie registered a season-high seven-point performance on three goals and an assist to lead Merrimack to a 4-1 Northeast-10 Conference victory against Southern Connecticut State on Friday night at Martone-Mejail Field.
Merrimack started out strong with two goals in the first 13 minutes of the game to account for all of the scoring in the first half. The Warriors struck again for back-to-back goals less than two minutes apart early in the second, helping the Warriors build a four-goal lead before Southern Connecticut tallied its only strike in the 64th minute.
Waldie put the home side in front on an unassisted marker at 9:32 of the first before taking a feed from sophomore Christine Zubkus and potting her second just more than three minutes later to give the Navy and Gold a 2-0 edge. Holding a 19-5 edge in shot attempts in the first half, Merrimack maintained the pace of play through the opening 35 minutes to go into the intermission ahead by that same two-goal margin.
The Warriors did not need much time into the second stanza to add to their lead, as freshman Maura Doyle notched her sixth tally of her rookie season on a helper from Waldie at 40:37, and less than two minutes later, the duo connected again -- this time the other way around -- to put Merrimack ahead by a 4-0 margin.
Southern would register its only goal of the game in the 64th minute thanks to the efforts of Jaime Matson, but sophomore Madison Davis would yield nothing else the rest of the way to preserve her seventh win of the season in net.