No. 4 Limestone Hammers No. 3 Dowling
from press release
SHIRLEY, N.Y. – No.4 Limestone outscored No.3 Dowling 8-1 in the second quarter, breaking a 4-4 tie after the first period propelling sending the Saints to a 15-7 road win over the Lions in the regular season finale for each on Sunday, May 6 before a listed crowd of 1,845. It was a record breaking win for the Saints, who at 16-1, broke the programs single season record for wins and at the same time regained possession of the North-South Sportsmanship Cup which goes the winner of this game. Dowling finishes the regular season at 11-2.
Senior goalie Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) made 10 saves on the day, seven of those while yielding only three goals over the final three periods. Offensively junior midfielder Corey Rich (Sacramento, Calif.) led Limestone with four goals and one assist with fellow midfielder and senior Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia) adding three goals and a helper as the Saints extended their win streak to nine games.
Down 4-2, Limestone closed out the first period with two goals over the final 2:01 to even things up. Unassisted strikes from junior face-off specialist Jake Ternosky (LaFayette, N.Y) and Decker, 58 seconds later, tied the action at 4-4 with 1:03 remaining. The goal for Ternosky, which came as a direct possession of his clean face-off win, was his first of the season.
Limestone then took both the lead and command of the game early in the second period when junior midfielder Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia) deposited a feed from senior attack Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) 1:54 into the quarter for what proved to be the game winning tally. The goal marked the first of six over an 11:02 mark enabling the Saints to build a 12-5 lead at the intermission and were never threatened in the second half with Dowling getting no closer than six goals.
Senior attack Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) had three assists and one goal while fellow attack and junior Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) added a pair of goals and an assist.
In all it was a balanced attack for the Saints with nine players scoring as least one goal while the team was credited for nine assists on 15 goals.
Among the key stats on Sunday, extra-man play, Limestone was a crucial three-for-four in man-up while the Saints' defense was man-down eight times giving up only one goal that include successfully killing off all four such situations in the third quarter.
Limestone won the ground ball category 31-29 including 11-2 in the fourth quarter. Ternosky lead the way with seven while Reinholdt and Rich had four apiece.
On clears, the Saints were 17 of 20, Dowling 10 for 11.
Limestone and head coach J.B. Clarke (31-2, 2nd season) now await a bid to the 2012 NCAA Men's Division II Lacrosse Championship. The field will be announced later today, 7 p.m., with the Saints the front runners for the South Region bid and a spot in the national field for a 13 consecutive season, which is the longest active current streak in NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse.