No. 1 Mercyhurst Rallies Late, Nips No. 2 Limestone in Overtime

Yet another Zac Reid goal knotted the score at 11-11 but it would be Ternosky who initiated another Limestone offensive outburst. Off his face off win he got the ball to Rich who quickly found Nakasuji directly in front of the net for lacrosse's version of a hockey one-timer, giving them a 12-11 advantage that they would take into the fourth period.

Score and equalizer would continue to be the order of the day as Mercyhurst tied the game at 12-12 as McAndrew found the back of the net at the 11:05 mark of the fourth. Once again, it would not stay that way this time for just five seconds. That's all it took for Ternosky to win the faceoff, charge down field and deposit his third goal of the year into the back of the cage for a 13-12 advantage.

With 10:48 on the clock, the Lakers Zac Reid exploded for his sixth goal of the game, once again deadlocking a pair of clubs giving everything they had for the right to play for a national championship. Following that goal, Todd Nakasuji took over as he scored at 10:23 off a pass from Rich and then broke the string of one goal margins with a second consecutive goal, this one coming at 10:08 off a pass from Reid Reinholdt.

That set the stage for a wild finish in what is certainly an instant classic in terms of NCAA Division II National semfinals.

Zac Reid fueled the Mercyhurst offensive attack with seven goals on 10 shots on goal while Brian Scheetz finished with a goal and six assists. McAndrew and Alves each had three scores and James Chayka netted two goals and an assist. Michael Grace played all 61:04 and allowed 17 scores while making 12 saves to pick up the hard fought victory.

Limestone concludes its season with a 16-2 overall record, perfect 6-0 Conference Carolinas record, a regular season league title, conference tournament championship and 14th straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament, currently longest streak of its kind.

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2013-05-18



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