Belmont Abbey Knocked off by Sixth-Ranked Limestone

Belmont Abbey fell to the sixth-ranked Limestone Saints by a 10-5 score this afternoon as the Abbey opened its Conference Carolinas slate at Alumni Field. Limestone improves to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in league play.

The Abbey trailed just 7-5 at the half, but was held scoreless in the second half as the Saints scored twice in the third quarter and once in the fourth. Scotty Steele led the Abbey with two goals and an assist. Dan Morrissey, Joey McGinley and Brendan Rogers all had single goals. Morrissey, Steele and Tanner Scharr all had one assist.

The first quarter was a close contest as Steele scored the first goal of the game less than two minutes in, but the Saints scored the next two goals just 1:08 apart to move ahead by one. McGinley deadlocked the game at two off of a feed from Scharr, and the first quarter ended with the two teams trading goals as Limestone held a 4-3 edge after one.

Five goals were scored in the second period as Steele scored the first goal of the period to tie the game at four, but Limestone scored the next three to extend its lead to 7-4. Steele found Rogers in front of the net with five seconds left to close the gap to 7-5 at the half.

Only three goals were scored in the second half, as the Saints scored twice in the third quarter and added another in the fourth to close the scoring.

Brett Lawless made 11 saves in the net and scooped up four ground balls. Limestone goalkeeper Steve Gartelman stopped nine shots.

Desi Gonzalez led Limestone with three goals, while Riley Loewen and Tor Reinholdt finished with two. Shayne Jackson, Corey Rich and Tyler Baker had one each.

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BELMONT, N.C. Limestone junior face-off specialist Jake Ternosky (LaFayette, N.Y) won 17 of 18 attempts at the center X and senior midfielder Desi Gonzalez (Massapequa, N.Y.) scored a game high three goals leading the No.6 Saints to a 10-5 win at Belmont Abbey in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday, March 17.

The Saints, now 3-0 within Conference play, have won 22 straight league games as well as 41 consecutive South Region contests improving to 8-1 overall on the season. Belmont Abbey falls to 4-5 with Saturday serving as the Crusaders' '12 Conference opener.

Gonzalez was one of six Saints score at least one goal joined by attackman Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) and midfielder Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia), both juniors, who each had two goals and an assist while 2012 Tewaaraton Award Nominee and senior attack Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) totaled three points on two assists with one goal.

The Saints were plus-12 in shots with 21 of 34 shots on goal Belmont Abbey put 14 of its 22 shots on goal. Limestone senior goalie Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) made nine saves including five in the first period and yielded five goals on the day to move his record to 8-1 on the season.

Limestone won the ground ball matchup 30-20 with Ternosky grabbing six and Gonzalez five.

In addition to limiting Belmont Abbey to only one face-off win, Saints did yield a goal in three man-down situations while in turn taking advantage on one of two opportunities.

Limestone now has a two week break from game competition with the Saints back in action on Saturday, March 31 at Queens University of Charlotte for a Conference Carolinas against the rival Royals with the opening face-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Note: Former Limestone men's lacrosse standout, Chris Barrett, is in his first season as Belmont Abbey's head coach after 11 years at Limestone. Barrett served the final 11 seasons as assistant coach after four highly successful seasons of action for the Saints.


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