No. 3 Limestone Closes Regular Season with Win vs. Catawba

GAFFNEY, S.C. Four players delivered at least three points as No. 3 Limestone (15-1, 6-0 CC) made it eight in a row with a 13-6 victory over Catawba (9-7, 4-3 DSC) on a rain-soaked field in an NCAA Division II men's lacrosse game on Saturday, April 27.

Senior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) drilled a pair of goals and added three assists with a pair of groundballs to lead the Saints while junior attack Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) finished with three goals, an assist and two groundballs.

Freshman midfielder Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) continued a strong rookie season as he posted three scores and fellow freshman midfielder Reid Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) took care of the other side of the ledger with three assists and five groundballs. Senior face-off specialist Jake Ternosky (LaFayette, N.Y.) got the ball to the offense eight of 11 times and picked up six groundballs and senior midfielder Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) had a goal, two assists and five groundballs.

Senior goalkeeper Christian Dzwilewski (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) started and played 52:49, allowing just five goals and making 15 saves to pick up the win and move to 12-1 on the season.

Tom Cullop got the Indians on the board to start the game with an unassisted score at 9:11 before Limestone drilled back-to-back scores to take the lead at 2-1 with 6:32 on the clock. Cullop struck again to tie it a 2-2 a minute and a half later but that would be fleeting as the Saints rifled in four straight to take a 6-2 advantage by the 7:49 mark of the second quarter.

Catawba's John Scheich then notched back-to-back scores, one a man-up conversion, to pull to within 6-4 before Loewen and Ricci pushed it back to a four goal margin at 8-4 with 9:25 to play in the third. Another Scheich goal made it 8-5 but that would be just about it for the Indians on offense as Limestone powered home five straight, each from a different player, to make it 13-5. Catawba's Jon Williams added an unassisted score at 4:11 to reach the final margin of 13-6 and lock up an undefeated home regular season for the Saints.

Scheich led the way for the Indians with three goals on 10 shot attempts while Cullop finished with a pair of goals and three groundballs. Williams had the only other score and Trevor Sieracki dished out two assists and Christian Klimczyk played all 60 minutes, allowing 13 goals and making nine saves to fall to 6-1 on the year.

Limestone will now await word on who they will play, when and where in the 2013 NCAA Division II Tournament. The selection show will air on the evening of Sunday, April 5 and will determine the field of eight that will compete for a national championship. With the expanded tournament, four teams will be selected from both the North and South Regions with each region seeding 1-4 and the winners advancing to a North/South match-up in the title game.

Notes: With the victory, Limestone is now 21-0 all-time against Catawba dating back to the first meeting in 1994 ... prior to the game, the Saints recognized 11 seniors, including Tor Reinholdt, Riley Loewen, Ahmaad Simmons, Connor DeVoe, Zach Cummings, Corey Rich, Jake Ternosky, Anthony Rodriques, Christian Dzwilewski, Sean Schechter and Jack Ziems ... over the past four years, that group has now posted an overall record of 59-7, perfect 21-0 Conference Carolinas record, 28-1 mark at Saints Field and won the last four regular season and tournament championships in Conference Carolinas.

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