2005 News
July 28, 2005


GAFFNEY, SC: The first annual Nike Women's Lacrosse Camp was held at Limestone from July 24-27. The coaching staff included Lady Saint's Head Coach Scott Tucker, Presbyterian College Head Coach (and former Lady Saint) Stephanie Allen, Belmont Abbey Assistant Coach (and former Lady Saint) Meghan Dennehy, J. L. Mann High School Coach Kristy Schumaker, senior midfielder for Limestone Brooke Nowell, and former Limestone attacker Susie Russell.

Girls, age 13-18, from New York, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina learned and practiced skills during the day, and played in a 6 on 6 tournament continuing throughout the camp in the evenings. The girls also played full field games with the camp staff, and enjoyed movies, swimming, and a camp highlight, skit night. Team 1, the "Crazy 8's" won the skit competition with their rendition of an episode of American Idle, Sports Night.

The tournament championship game, played Wednesday morning, was a neck and neck game between team 2, the "Patriots", and "3 Unit", team 3. The final was a back and forth game, with "3 Unit" managing to hold on for the win. After another scrimmage with the camp staff, the awards presentation included the tournament champions "3 Unit", camp MVP Jenna Handshoe, and Most Improved Player Charlotte Spitzfaden.

Camp director Scott Tucker was pleased with the great turnout. Women's Lacrosse camps are among the fastest growing camps in the country, and Tucker looks forward to even greater Nike camps in the summers to come.

June 27, 2005


GAFFNEY, SC: Two Limestone College women's lacrosse players have been named to the 2005 IWLCA National Honor Roll. The Honor Roll consists of 64 Division II women's lacrosse players of junior or senior standing who maintained a GPA of 3.2 or higher during the spring semester.

A pair of Limestone seniors earned the honor. Judy Ranns and Susie Russell, both from Victoria, BC, Canada, were both named to the Honor Roll.

Ranns, a transfer from Cornell, played in 14 games including 13 starts. She recorded 13 points on 9 goals and 4 assists.

Russell had a breakout year in her senior season. She played in all 16 games including 14 starts and recorded 30 points on a career high 25 goals and 5 assists.

Ranns and Russell were also named Academic All-CVAC and are members of the Kai Alpha Sigma Athletic Honor Society.

June 17, 2005


GAFFNEY, SC: Kelly Chevez is entering her first year as an assistant coach on Scott Tucker's staff.

Chevez comes to Limestone from St. Bonaventure University where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in physical education. A former team captain, she was a 4-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and also earned A-10 Rookie of the Year honors. She leaves St. Bonaventure as the all-time leading scorer with 121 goals and 119 assists as well as numerous other accolades.

Chevez has spent the last two summers coaching the Lady Rock, an all-star team consisting of outstanding High School players from around the greater Rochester, NY, area. She has also been a part of the coaching staff for Team Rochester which participated in and won the Empire State games.

Chevez will split her duties on the field working with all aspects of the game including attack, midfield, and defense.
May 26, 2005


GAFFNEY, SC: Inside Lacrosse Magazine has announced its All-American teams and individual players of the year for NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse. Limestone College's Kristen Black and Andrea Poor were both named All-American.

Black was named 1st-team All-American and Defender of the Year. The junior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada led a young Saints defense that allowed 8.5 goals per game which was 8th best in the nation. She led with her hustle on the field and set a Limestone College single season record with 47 draw controls.

Poor, a freshman attacker from Oswego, NY, was named 2nd-team All-American. She had a tremendous rookie year, leading the team in points (62) and assists (30). Her 1.8 assists per game were 10th best in the nation.

In 2005, the Lady Saints had their 7th consecutive winning season. They took their second consecutive Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference regular season title, but just missed the national playoffs with a record of 10-6.

May 17, 2005


GAFFNEY, SC: It was supposed to be a down year for the Limestone College Women's Lacrosse Program. The "new look" Saints of 2005 needed leadership from some upperclassmen who had not been asked to lead before and some tremendous play from freshman who had no experience at the collegiate level. They got both.

After making their first appearance in the national semifinals in 2004, the Lady Saints lost all-three of their All-Americans from that season including NCAA Division II Defender of the Year Michelle Lare, as well as career point and goal leader Meghan Dennehy, and Pam Gateau who set a single season record at Limestone with 91 points. In addition they lost a 40 goal scorer in Maria Humphries and an electric player in CVAC Freshman of the Year Summer Ferraro.

A pair of juniors stepped up to fill the leadership void, while a pair of freshman provided an immediate spark to the lineup. Midfielder Brooke Nowell (Linthicum, MD) scored 10 goals in 2004, but in her junior campaign she found the net 28 times and tallied 36 points. Meanwhile, midfielder Marissa Pesce (West Babylon, NY) stepped in and led the team with 32 goals and ranked second with 42 points. Both Nowell and Pesce were named 2nd-Team All-Region in the NCAA Division II South Region.

Junior defender Kristen Black (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) made plays all season. She led by example with outstanding hustle every time she stepped on the field. She set career highs with 25 caused turnovers and 42 ground balls and set a Limestone single season record with 47 draw controls. Freshman attacker Andrea Poor (Oswego, NY) had one of the best rookie seasons that Limestone has ever seen. Along with Pesce, she led the team with 32 goals and tallied an outstanding 62 points, a performance that earned her CVAC Freshman of the Year honors. Black and Poor were both named 1st-Team All-Region and 2nd-Team Harrow Sports/IWLCA Division II All-American.

Limestone's foursome was also named All-CVAC and led a very young team to a solid year. At 10-6, the Lady Saints missed the national semifinals, but they finished the year ranked 10th in the nation. A 6-2 CVAC record was good enough to deliver their second regular season conference title as well.

Limestone, Pfeiffer, and Queens finished the year tied at the top of the CVAC standings. Cards were drawn to break the tie and Head Coach Scott Tucker drew a king. That draw put the Lady Saints in the championship game while Pfeiffer and Queens battled in a semifinal. Pfeiffer won that contest to set up a rematch of last year's final, in which the Falcons scored a last second goal to take a 13-12 win. Unfortunately, the Falcons came out on top in another thriller. Pfeiffer erased a 7-1 deficit and survived a late Limestone rally. The Lady Saints came just inches from scoring two goals in the final 11 seconds. However, their second shot did not find the net, and Pfeiffer won 14-13.

April 23, 2005


GAFFNEY, SC: Pfeiffer University took a 13-6 win over Queens University of Charlotte at Saints Field on Saturday. With the win, the Lady Falcons advance to face Limestone in the CVCA Final on Sunday.

After the game, the All-CVAC team was announced. Three Lady Saints were among those honored. Junior Brooke Nowell and freshman Marissa Pesce were named 1st-team All-CVAC at midfield while junior Kristen Black was a 1st-team selection at defense. Andrea Poor was named 1st-team All-CVAC at attack and CVAC Freshman of the Year.

Queens' Kresten Sann was named CVAC Player of the Year and Pfeiffer's Julian Domenech was named Coach of the Year.

Pfeiffer used a strong second half to win today's semifinal. The Falcons led 7-6 at halftime, but Pfeiffer outscored Queens 6-0 in the second half. Brenna Clark, Melissa Anderson, and Dawn Rich each scored three goals for Pfeiffer. Anderson added a pair of assists. Sara Hannon and Kristen Sann led the Royals with 2 goals a piece.

Limestone will get a rematch of last year's CVAC Final, a 13-12 loss. The Saints and Falcons will get underway at 12:00 p.m. on Saints Field in Gaffney, SC.

2005 Women's Lacrosse All-CVAC

Charlotte Dixon - Pfeiffer

Sarah Hannon - Queens
Andrea Poor - Limestone
Dawn Rich - Pfeiffer

Brenna Clark - Pfeiffer
Stephanie Jaworski - Lees-McRae
Brooke Nowell - Limestone
Marissa Pesce - Limestone
Kristen Sann - Queens

Aubrey Barker - Pfeiffer
Kristen Black - Limestone
Erin Schultz - Queens

Player of the Year: Kristen Sann - Queens

Freshman of the Year: Andrea Poor - Limestone

Coach of the Year: Julian Domenech - Pfeiffer

March 23, 2005


THOMASVILLE, NC: Kristen Black of Limestone College (5-1 overall, 2-0 CVAC) has been selected as the NCAA Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) women's lacrosse Player of the Week.

The junior defenseman turned in a game saving defensive effort against St. Michael's on Wednesday. Limestone followed that 13-11 win with a 16-1 triumph over Lees-McRae.

Black led the team with 4 ground balls, 4 draw controls, and 4 caused turnovers against St. Michael's. Not only did she dominate on defense and help Limestone control the ball, but she also scored 2 goals from her defensive position. Those two goals proved to be the difference in a 13-11 Limestone win. On Monday, against Lees-McRae, she was the key to a defensive effort that held the Bobcats to just 1 goal on 12 shots in a 16-1 Limestone win.

For the week, Black scored 2 goals, had 5 ground balls, 5 draw controls, and 5 caused turnovers.

March 9, 2005


GAFFNEY, SC: Two Limestone Lacrosse players were named conference player of the week last week while another was named national rookie of the week.

Sean McQuin was named Deep South Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Dowling College. McQuin played outstanding defense against Dowling's top scorer as he helped lead the Saints to a big 15-10 win.

Brooke Nowell was named CVAC Player of the Week for her performance against St. Andrews. Nowell scored five goals on six shots all in the first half as Limestone took a 26-2 conference win.

Womenslacrosse.com also named Andrea Poor Division II Rookie of the Week. Poor led the Lady Saints with 10 points on five goals and five assists against the Knights.

NOVEMBER 29, 2004


GAFFNEY, SC: Limestone College women's lacrosse head coach Scott Tucker announced today the signing of seven high school seniors to National Letters of Intent to play for the Saints beginning in the 2005-2006 season.

The Saints have signed Melissa Howard (Severna Park, MD), Christine Grogg (Tagberg, NY), Kelly Lickert (Penn Yan, NY), Lauryn Wise (Pasadena, MD), Joan Stroud (Monrovia, MD), Danielle Tosky (Bluffton, SC), and Lauryn Askerberg (Huntington, NY).

The Lady Saints raised the bar last season with their first appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament and 3rd place finish in the nation. Tucker believes that winning tradition will continue to grow at Limestone College with the addition of these student-athletes.

"Our staff had a goal to bring in athletes who could make an immediate impact in their freshman season," said Tucker. "I am confident we have done just that. Each player brings different qualities that will help raise the bar at each position. I am looking forward to seeing them in action with our current team next year."

Howard is a four-year starter on attack for North County High School coach Tracy Crane. In those years Melissa earned team MVP honors two years in a row after leading the team in scoring in both seasons. In her junior year she produced 37 goals and 22 assists. Melissa earned All-County as well as All-Galaxy honors. "Melissa reads the game very well," Tucker says. "I feel she will challenge some of the best defenders in Division II and be a major scoring threat for us in 2006."

Grogg has been a starter for Rome Free Academy since her sophomore year. She earned OHSL Honorable Mention in her sophomore and junior seasons. Grogg is also a two-year captain for RFA. Last summer Grogg was named to the All-Star team at the All-American Lacrosse Camp at Colgate College. Tucker says, "Christine will add quickness to our midfield. She is a very scrappy player who will help our transition offense and create more scoring opportunities for us."

Lickert started for the New York State Champion Penn Yan High School last season under head coach Patty Queener. Her team also won the Gobblin Games Tournament at Ithaca High School where she was awarded tournament MVP. "Kelly has great vision. Her ability to see the field and feed with precision will help generate more options for our offense," Tucker says. "She is a patient player and I look forward to seeing her work within our system."

Wise not only plays for IND High school, she plays for the CC Lacrosse team under Head Coach Kim McNemar as well. "Lauryn is another player who has great vision on the field," Tucker says. "She does a great job of finding that open player and getting the ball there quickly. She makes good quick decisions."

Stroud plays for five-time Frederick County Champion Urbana High School under Coach Bill Sardella. In 2004 Joan was honored with the coaches' award for her achievements as a defender. Tucker says, "Joan is going to bring much needed depth to our defense. Her greatest attribute will be her ability to play good body position defense and keep the opponent out of the 8 meter."

Tosky was the leading scorer in the state of South Carolina last year. She helped lead Hilton Head to their 3rd State Championship under Coach Meg Hendy and earned team MVP honors in 2004. Danielle also made the National team for her region last season. "Her athleticism and ability to take the ball to the goal will help the Saints put up big numbers next year," Tucker said. "I am very excited to see her develop as a college player."

Askerberg is used to winning as she comes off a 15-3 campaign at Huntington High School under Coach Trisha Martin. "Lauryn is going to be a great midfielder here," Tucker said. "Her speed, quickness and stick skills will add potency to the midfield. I look forward to working with her."

Limestone College is an accredited, independent, coeducational, four-year liberal arts institution located in Gaffney, SC. Limestone has an on-campus enrollment of 619 students and offers 17 intercollegiate sports.

For more information contact Sports Information Director, Josh Lacy at 864-488-8219 or jlacy@limestone.edu.