No. 4 Limestone Downs Belmont Abbey in Semifinals

GAFFNEY, S.C. Fourth-ranked Limestone jumped out to 8-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game scoring on 8 of its first 10 shots, including its first three attempts as the Saints defeated Belmont Abbey, 11-6, in the semifinals of the 2012 Conference Carolinas tourney on Friday, April 20 at the Queens Sports Complex in Charlotte, N.C.

The Saints will meet second-seed Pfeiffer on Sunday, April 22 at approximately 3:30 p.m. The Falcons defeated Queens 8-7 in overtime of the other semifinal. Limestone beat Pfeiffer, 8-7 on overtime, last Saturday, April 14 for the regular season title.

Limestone improved to 13-1 overall and in the process extended their NCAA Division II South Region win streak to 46 games which includes an 13-0 mark on the season while the Crusaders fall to 5-9.

The Saints went up 3-0, 1:33 into game, junior midfielder Zach Cummings (Crownsville, Md.) scored unassisted 57 seconds in while senior midfielder Desi Gonzalez (Massapequa, N.Y.) put one in on off a feed from junior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) and junior midfielder Corey Rich (Sacramento, Calif.) deposited a pass from junior midfielder Jake Ternosky (LaFayette, N.Y.) on the Saints' next two possessions and the Saints coasted from at that point.

In addition to that assist, Ternosky also won 13 of 19 face-off attempts and had a game tying best three ground balls with Limestone holding a 22-14 edge in that category.

Loewen led the Saints with three points on the day (2g, 1a) and along with Gonzalez and Rich were three of the four Saints that had two goals each with the other senior midfielder Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia).

In the crease senior Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) made 11 saves (5 GAA) in 45:00 of action improving to 13-1 on the season.

Neither team scored in extra-man opportunities, with Limestone 0 for 3 while the Saints, nationally No.1 man-down defense held Belmont Abbey scoreless in the Crusaders five tries.

Belmont Abbey was 18-18 on clears while the Saints were 15-21.

Limestone seeks a fourth consecutive Conference Tournament Championship and 14h in the last 15 seasons. Limestone seeks its fourth since Conference Carolinas has sponsored the sport, adding to one in the then Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference with the others coming as member of the Deep South Conference.

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Dan Morrissey and Joey McGinley both led Belmont Abbey with three goals each, but Limestone used a balanced effort to advance to the Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship match with an 11-6 win this afternoon in the semifinal round. Limestone improves to 13-1, while the Abbey falls to 5-9.

Morrissey and McGinley both totaled three goals, while Brendan Rogers and Tanner Scharr both had one assist each.

Limestone led 11-3 at the half but the Crusaders outscored the Saints 3-0 in the second half, scoring twice in the third quarter and one more in the fourth.

Jon Wolcott led the Abbey with two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Merrick Reiland got the start in goal and made two saves, while Brett Lawless worked the final 50 minutes and made five saves.


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