April 27, 2014

Joy of Six: Limestone Wins Conference Carolinas

from press release

GAFFNEY, S.C. – Playing in their eighth straight championship game, No. 3 Limestone (15-1, 4-0 CC) earned their sixth straight Conference Carolinas Tournament Title, and seventh overall, with a commanding 18-7 victory over Mount Olive (13-2, 3-1 CC) in an NCAA Division II men's lacrosse game on Sunday, April 27.

Sophomore midfielder Mike Messenger (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) registered five goals to lead the Saints but it was freshman midfielder Kevin Reisman (West Babylon, N.Y.) that set up the Saints potent offense with 20-of-24 faceoff wins and an impressive 17 groundballs.

Sophomore midfielder Reid Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) finished with a pair of goals, two assists and two groundballs while junior midfielder Calyl Robinson (Annapolis, Md.) and sophomore attack Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) each had three scores.

Senior defender Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) added a pair of caused turnovers and sophomore attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.) chipped in with three assists. Sophomore goal keeper Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) played 54:41, allowed six goals and made nine saves to move to 15-1 on the season.

For his efforts, he earned Tournament Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Messenger, Ricci and senior midfielder Jamar Peete (Baltimore, Md.).

The teams would trade the first two goals to tie at 1-1 with 9:19 left in the first quarter but it would not be close from there on in. Back-to-back goals by Messenger and Ricci then fueled a 7-1 run that extended to an 8-2 advantage. That stretch was halted only by a UMO goal right before the half to send the teams to the break with an 8-3 margin.

That gap would only grow larger at the start of the third quarter as Messenger and Calyl Robinson notched consecutive scores to push it to 10-3 before the Trojans Matt Shields assisted and then scored to cut it back to a five goal deficit at 10-5.

That would be the closest the game would be as the Saints drove home the next six goals as part of an 8-1 stretch that put it away at 18-6. Mount Olive would add a meaningless goal with nine seconds remaining to reach the final margin of 18-7.

Alex Tindall led UMO with two goals and an assist and Josh Schwartz chipped in with two scores. Matt Shields had a goal and an assist and Ross Bowman played 58:59 in goal, allowing all 18 goals and making 11 saves to fall to 12-3 on the year.

Limestone returns to action when they travel to Salisbury, N.C. on Saturday, May 3 to take on Catawba. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

The Saints have now won seven of the eight Conference Carolinas Tournament Championships, including the last six in a row ... Mount Olive was making their first final appearance while Limestone has played in all eight championship games.

Devin Cruz, Belmont Abbey
Riley Quinlan, Belmont Abbey
Khalid Stukes, Pfeiffer
Spencer Allen, Pfeiffer
Mike Messenger Limestone
Luke Morris, Mount Olive
Jamar Peete, Limestone
Sean Shewey, Mount Olive
Vinny Ricci, Limestone
Cameron Walsh, Mount Olive

Most Outstanding Player
Patrick Sheridan, Limestone

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