GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Sophomore midfielder Chelsea Treat scored a game-high five goals as No. 4 Limestone (3-0, 2-0 CC) earned a 12-9 victory against No. 6 Mercyhurst (0-1, 0-0 PSAC) in a non-conference Division II women’s lacrosse game on Wednesday.

The Lakers wasted little time in getting their 2011 season off to a fast start as junior attacker Ally Keirn found junior midfielder Kelly Palmer in front of the net for the first goal of the game with only 20 seconds into the contest.

Trailing for the first time this season, the Saints battled back as freshman midfielder Jessica Aguanno and Treat each scored two of the next four goals to give Limestone a 4-1 advantage. Aquanno tied the game at the 27:42 mark before Treat notched the first of two consecutive goals 3:30 later. Her second goal came with 9:22 left in the half while Aquanno delivered her second score at 6:52.

Junior attacker Racquel Prager made it 5-1 before Treat notched her third goal of the half, this one with only 12 seconds remaining, to send the Saints to the intermission with a 6-1 lead.

Following a Prager goal in the first minute of the half, Mercyhurst battled back with a pair of goals from Ally Keirn to make it 7-3 with 23:35 to play. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Howard got added her first goal of the game before Prager recorded her third to make it 9-3.

After Limestone moved ahead 11-4, the Lakers mounted a fierce rally as returning All-American Kimberly Masterson delivered three of the Hurst’s next four goals to close the gap to 11-8. Following Masterson’s third goal at 4:55, Aguanno put the game out of reach with her third tally. Mercyhurst recorded a late goal to reach the final margin of 12-9.

Masterson recorded three goals and a pair of assists to lead the Lakers with five points while Keirn had a pair of scores to go along with an assist. She also added three ground balls and four draw controls. Anna LeGrett finished with two goals and Palmer and Kayla Minner each recorded one score apiece.

Keirn finished with four draw controls and three ground balls while Elizabeth Tice had four ground balls and three draw controls. Jenny Perkins played all 60 minutes in net, allowing 12 goals and making eight saves to take the loss and fall to 0-1 on the season.

Treat posted a solid all-around game to lead Limestone as she scored a game-high five goals, recorded a team-high four ground balls and had three draw controls while Prager and Aguanno each had three goals. Howard notched a goal and an assist and junior midfielder Jessie Aguglia finished with the team’s other assist on the day.

Senior defender Erin Growney added three ground balls on the defensive side and had four draw controls while junior midfielder Sylvia Queener had four draw controls. Sophomore goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan played the entire game in net and made nine saves to move to 3-0 on the season.