February 16, 2014

Fourth Quarter Surge Sends Limestone Past St. Leo

from press release

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Another fourth quarter burst that resulted in four goals over the final 15 minutes defined No. 5 Limestone's (3-0, 0-0 CC) 10-5 victory over Saint Leo (0-1, 0-0 SSC) in an NCAA Division II men's lacrosse game on Sunday, February 16.

Sophomore midfielder Mike Messenger (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) drilled a pair of goals and dished out two assists while senior attack Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) scored a game-high three goals to pace Limestone. Senior midfielder Joshua Williams (Davidsonville, Md.) delivered a pair of scores and freshman midfielder Kevin Reisman (West Babylon, N.Y.) went a perfect 9-of-9 at the center "X" with eight groundballs.

Sophomore midfielder PJ White (Huntington, N.Y.) scored a goal and added three groundballs, as did sophomore attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.) and sophomore attack Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada), while senior long stick midfielder Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) finished with two caused turnovers and a pair of groundballs.

In net, sophomore goal keeper Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) was a rock as he allowed just five goals and made 14 saves while collecting the win to move to 3-0 on the year.

The Saints got on the board first as Messenger connected on one of two opening period goals to give them a 2-0 lead. He found the back of the net at the 10:39 mark and was quickly followed by Vinny Ricci at 7:17. Joshua Williams made it a three goal lead just 46 seconds into the second period before Saint Leo took two of the next three, including one in the final two seconds, to head to the half trailing 4-2.

While the Lions would notch the first score of the second half to cut it to one, that deficit would be fleeting as senior midfielder Joey Rotolone (Edgewater, Md.) and Todd Nakasuji scored the next two at the 11:12 and 55 second marks, respectively, to push it to a 6-3 advantage. Messenger and Nakasuji then made it four straight goals with a pair in the first 2:20 of the fourth period.

Trailing 8-3, Saint Leo got back on the board with a man-up goal by Tom Horn to slice it to four but would quickly get buried back under a six goal deficit as PJ White and Messenger drilled unassisted goals to make it 10-4 with 5:54 remaining. SLU's Matt Obermeyer then put in an unassisted tally of his own at 4:10 to reach the final margin of 10-5.

Obermeyer led the way for Saint Leo with a pair of goals and an assist while Tom Horn had a pair of scores. Paul Aramanda notched four groundballs and keeper Dave Moore played all 60 minutes and allowed 10 goals while making 15 saves. He drops to 0-1 on the season. As a team, the Lions used five different faceoff men and went a combined 3-of-18.

Limestone is back in action next weekend when they travel to the State of Florida for a pair of games. They will open on Friday, February 21 at Florida Southern before heading to Rollins on February 23. Those games will start at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

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