2013-05-20 / Sports

NCAA Division II lacrosse playoffs

Lady Saints fall short in title quest
STAFF REPORTS


Limestone senior attack Sylvia Queener scored three goals Sunday in championship loss to LIU. Limestone senior attack Sylvia Queener scored three goals Sunday in championship loss to LIU. OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Facing a team that has won three titles coming in, including last season, No. 2 Limestone battled back and held a second half lead before succumbing 10-7 to No. 1 LIU Post in the 2013 NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse National Championship Game on Sunday at Mustang Stadium.

Senior attack Sylvia Queener led the way for the Saints with three goals while junior attack Sarah Oor and junior midfielder Katie Farrell each had a goal and an assist. For Oor, her two points made her the program's all-time career leader in points with 260.

Sophomore midfielder Sam Mc- Carrick and senior midfielder Jessie Aguglia each scored a goal.

Senior goalkeeper Rashelle McLellan played all 60 minutes, allowing just 10 goals and making eight saves.

Earning All-Tournament honors for the Saints were junior midfielder Maia Czarnecki, Queener and Sam McCarrick.

Limestone got on the board first as Queener gave the Saints their first-ever lead in the national title game with an unassisted score at 27:20.

National Player of the Year candidate Jackie Sileo then showed why she is in the running for that honor as she fired in a shot behind her back directly in front of the goal to deadlock it at 1-1.

She would then strike again in short order to give the Pioneers a 2- 1 lead when she found the back of the net at 25:18.

That would last only a few minutes as Katie Farrell drove home her 51st goal of the year at 22:01 to put it at 2-2.

LIU Post's Ashley Olen then answered with her 87th of the season less than two minutes later to make it 3-2.

A second goal by Katie Rotan then pushed it to a two-goal lead at 4-2 at 6:38 before McCarrick converted on a free position attempt to close to within one at 4-3.

A furious offensive rally towards the end of the half put pressure on the Pioneers defense but did not yield a goal as the teams headed to the break with that one goal margin .

Defense was on tap at the beginning of the second half as neither team could register a score over most of the first five minutes. That changed at 25:02 as Jessie Aguglia, camped out in front of the cage, took a pass from Oor behind the net and rifled it home to tie it. That assist tied Oor for the program record for career points with 259.

It would be Queener that struck again after getting hit in the head. Taking advantage of her free position attempt she drove home the go-ahead goal at 22:09, giving the Saints their second lead of the game and first of the second half.

Four and a half minutes later the tied would turn, however, as Olen capitalized on a Limestone turnover and scored her 88nd of the year to tie it at 5-5 with 17:39 on the clock.

It would not stay tied long as Jenna Pierro used a pass from Rotan to put it at 6-5 less than a minute later and Abbie Ross, Sileo and Olen made it five in a row for a commanding 9-5 lead.

It would be six in a row as Sileo drove to the center of the net, went top shelf and then got knocked down to the ground hard by Czarnecki. That goal made it 10-5 with 11:18 left and seemed to take the steam out of the Saints.

Limestone stayed alive as they drove down the field approaching the five minute mark with Farrell finding Queener in front of the net for her 46th goal of the season, cutting the deficit to 10-6.

The Saints kept coming, however, as Sarah Oor raced down the field and scored to make it 10-7 with 3:14 to play. That goal gave her 260th career point, breaking the record of Kelly Lickert in just three years.

From there, LIU Post held on for the final three-plus minutes as they closed out the 10-7 victory to claim their fourth title since 2001.

Sileo led the way for the Mustangs (20-0) with four goals and a pair of assists while Rotan had a goal and three assists. Ashley Olen delivered three goals, Ross and Pierro each had solo goals.

Dominique Mosca went the distance, allowing seven goals and making five saves to pick up the championship victory.

Limestone closes out the 2013 season with an overall record of 20-2, perfect 7-0 mark in Conference Carolinas, a No. 2 overall ranking, a pair of NCAA Tournament victories and the second NCAA Division II National Championship appearance in program history.

NOTES:

This was the second appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game in three years … The other came in 2011 when they lost 17-4 to No. 1 and two-time defending champion Adelphi on their home field … Along with that first appearance, 2013 marks the second loss to an undefeated team … This was the first ever meeting between LIU Post and Limestone … The 2013 season also marks the first time in program history that the Saints had won multiple NCAA postseason games with victories over No. 8 Pfeiffer (13-3) and No. 3 Rollins (11-10, 2OT).

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