Loewen Goes for Six, Saints Blast Tampa
from press release
TAMPA, Fla. – Trailing 3-1 in the second quarter, a 14-goal tear set the tone for the rest of the game as No. 4 Limestone (1-0, 0-0 CC) demolished southern foe Tampa (1-1, 1-0 DSC) by a 17-5 score in an NCAA Division II men's lacrosse game on Friday, February 15. The Spartans entered the game receiving votes in the USILA National Poll.
Senior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) exploded for three goals and three assists, converting on all but one of his four shots, while freshman midfielder Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) scored the first three goals of his career, adding an assist, four groundballs and a caused turnover.
Senior attack Corey Rich (Sacramento, Calif.) came away with a pair of scores, three assists and two groundballs and junior attack Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) and senior midfielder Zach Cummings (Crownsville, Md.) each had two goals and an assist. Freshman attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.) also added a pair of scores in his first collegiate action.
Senior goalkeeper Christian Dzwileski (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) started and played 59:21 in between the pipes, registering nine saves and allowing just four goals to pick up the win and move to 1-0 on the season.
Expected to be a defensive and low scoring contest despite offseason rule changes to change that, the game lived up to that billing through the first 30 minutes. UT's Nick Ferreiro got the Spartans on the board with an unassisted goal at the 9:28 mark to make it 1-0 before the Saints Zach Cummings answered with the equalizer after just 31 seconds.
After deadlocking at 1-1 after the first 15 minute, Greg Griffo put Tampa ahead 3-1 when he converted a man-up goal off a pass from Joey McMahan at 13:15 and the scored on an even strength attempt with 10:50 left in the half.
That offensive outburst would be the last the Spartan's offense would be heard from over the next 30-plus minutes. Beginning with 5:58 on the clock, Limestone scored three straight as Cummings and Ricci found the back of the net on man-up attempts at 5:58 and 3:03, respectively, and Loewen drilled an even strength goal to give them lead, 4-3, with 1:04 on the clock. That would be the narrow margin they would take into the half.
The margin, however, could not be described as anything approaching "narrow" after just several minutes of play in the second half. Starting with those three to end the first half, the Saints scored 14 consecutive goals to build an insurmountable 15-3 lead with 5:54 remaining in the game.
The second half portion of that incredible stretch kicked off when Loewen found Nakasuji for a goal just seven seconds into the third quarter and senior midfielder Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) followed with his first of the season at 12:18 to make it 6-3. Another man-up goal by Ricci with 9:02 left in the third left Limestone with a 7-3 lead that they would carry into the fourth.
In that final quarter, the Saints erupted for 10 goals, scoring five in a span of 4:10 beginning at the 13:02 mark and ending at 8:52. Back-to-back man-down goals and a third from Loewen capped off the 14-goal tear as Tampa's Nate Tembi broke through to snap their drought at the 5:46 mark. Two more Saints goals gave them their total of 17 while UT's Andrew Smith found the back of the net with 39 seconds to play to reach the final margin.
Greg Griffo's two second period goals led the way for the Spartans' offensively while Nate Tembi, Andrew Smith and Nick Ferreiro each had one score. Ferreiro added a game-high six groundballs and Larry Gress had four. Joseph Fiorucci started and played 56:27, allowing 15 goals while making five saves to fall to 1-1 on the season.
Limestone continues its season opening road trip to the State of Florida as they take on Saint Leo on Sunday, February 17. Face off for that contest is set for 12 p.m.
Limestone is now 2-0 all-time against Tampa ... the Saints won the only other meeting last season, 13-7, on March 4, 2012 in Gaffney, S.C.
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