No. 4 Limestone Scores 14 Unanswered to Down Tampa

LAKELAND, Fla - University of Tampa went up against one of the top Division II programs in the country Friday night and fell to fourth-ranked Limestone, 17-5, at Pepin Stadium. With the win Limestone improves to 1-0, while Tampa falls to 1-1.

The Spartans struck first as Nick Ferreiro scored an unassisted goal to give Tampa the early 1-0 lead. Limestone would respond 30 seconds later as Zach Cummings scored the equalizer. Both teams had opportunities but neither could convert, as the score remained 1-1 after the opening period.

Greg Griffo scored back-to-back goals to start the second quarter to put the Spartans ahead 3-1 with 10:50 remaining in the second quarter.

Limestone would respond, scoring 14 unanswered goals over the course of three quarters, to give the Saints a 15-3 lead with 5:54 remaining in the fourth quarter. Nate Tembi scored an unassisted goal to cut the lead to 15-4. After back-to-back Saints goals, Andrew Smith's shot found the back of the cage for the 17-5 final.

Ferreiro led the Spartans with six ground balls, while Larry Gress picked up four ground balls.

The Spartans will return to action next Wednesday, February 20, when they host conference foe Florida Tech at 7:00 p.m. at Pepin Stadium.

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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.

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