Limestone Wins Conference Carolinas Title
from press release
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Fourth-ranked Limestone blanked No.11 Pfeiffer 4-0 in the final quarter and went on to defeat the Falcons, 9-5, in the 2012 Conference Carolinas Lacrosse Championship on Sunday, April 22 at the Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park in Charlotte, N.C. The win gave Limestone a fourth consecutive Conference Tournament Championship and 14h in the last 15 seasons overall.
Limestone improved to 14-1 overall and in the process extended its NCAA Division II South Region win streak to 47 games, which includes a 14-0 mark on the season while Falcons fall to 11-6 and 10-4 within region action.
A trio of juniors helped lead the way offensively for Limestone. Midfielder Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia) scored a game high three goals, earning Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors while specialist Jake Ternosky (LaFayette, N.Y.), the Conference's Player of the Year, won 14-of-18 face-off attempts including 9-of-11 in the second half and grabbed a game best seven ground balls. Midfielder Zach Cummings (Crownsville, Md.) added one goal and one assist.
Senior attack and 2012 Tewaaraton Award Nominee Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) scored two goals and added one assist.
Between the pipes senior Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) made 11 saves (5 GAA) with four stops in both the first and third quarters moving to 14-1 on the season.
Defensively, the Saints held Pfeiffer's leading goal scorer to one assist and held the Falcons off the board in two EMO situations. Senior defenseman Steven Sauser (Pasadena, Md.) had a team best three caused turnovers.
Limestone held the advantage in ground balls, 24-18, including 18-7 in the second half with Ternosky earning seven for the day. Shots were even at 30 for each team.
The Saints placed four on the All-Tournament Team, joining Most Outstanding Player Tor Reinholdt were Jake Ternosky, Steve Gartelman and junior midfielder Corey Rich (Sacrament, Calif.).
Sunday marked the fourth consecutive season that Conference Carolinas has sponsored the sport that the Saints have won the tournament title, adding to one in the then Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference with the others coming as member of the Deep South Conference.
Limestone is back in action on Saturday, April 28 traveling to non-conference and nationally No.9 Catawba for a crucial South Region clash in what will be the final in-region game of the season for each. Limestone, No.1 in the NCAA Division II South Region Rankings is as noted above 14-0 within region play while Catawba, No.2, is 14-2, which includes the 2012 Deep South Tournament title. Face-off next weekend in Salisbury, N.C., is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the Indians' Shuford Stadium.