Ricci and Nakasuji Lead No. 5 Limestone to Victory at Rollins

WINTER PARK, Fla. - Sophomore attack Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) drilled a game-high four goals and senior attack Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) finished with six points as No. 5 Limestone (4-0, 0-0 CC) delivered a 17-8 victory over Rollins (2-1, 0-0 SSC) on Sunday, February 23.

Ricci tied his career-high with his four scores while Nakasuji broke his career-high with six points on two goals and a career-best tying four assists to pace the Saints. Senior midfielder Joshua Williams (Davidsonville, Md.) also got on the career-high bandwagon as he drilled a career-best three goals and freshman midfielder Colton Watkinson (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) notched a goal and three assists.

Joining that crew was sophomore midfielder Mike Messenger (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) with a pair of scores and an assist and sophomore midfielder Michael Miranda (Parkland, Fla.) notched two goals.

Defensively, senior long stick midfielder Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) was a rock with six groundballs and career-high six caused turnovers. The latter is the most by any Saints player since at least 2006 and possibly longer. Sophomore goal keeper Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) started and played 56:20 as he allowed just five goals and made 14 saves on his way to moving to 4-0 on the year. He also added five groundballs.

Rollins jumped out to the fast start as they notched three of the first four goals, two by Carson Buell, to take a 3-1 lead by the 8:20 mark of the first quarter. From there it would be all Saints for the rest of the half, however, as they showed why they are a perennial power and the current No. 5 team in the nation, scoring five straight goals.

After a scoreless remainder of the opening quarter, Joshua Williams and Todd Nakasuji delivered back-to-back scores at 13:14 and 12:33, respectively, to tie it at 3-3. They wouldn't stop there as freshman attack Chris Clancy (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) gave Watkinson his second assist of the game with a score at 7:01, also giving the Saints the lead at 5-3.

Limestone would cap the offensive outburst as sophomore midfielder PJ White (Huntington, N.Y.) found senior midfielder Jamar Peete (Baltimore, Md.) in front of the cage for his first score of the day at the 1:37 mark. They would then take that 6-3 lead into the break after having trailed 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.

That run would continue as the teams began the second half as Nakasuji found Vinny Ricci just 38 seconds in for a 7-3 margin and then hit Mike Messenger for an extra man score at the 12:24 mark. Ricci then found the back of the net again when Clancy notched his second assist to make it 9-3 with 7:03 left in the third.

The hits would just keep on coming and it would be Ricci continuing to deliver them as he drove home his third goal of the quarter for a 10-3 lead at the 2:40 mark. The Tars Jack Vonarb then snapped Limestone's stretch of nine straight scores when he converted a pass from Nicholas Schultz with 31 seconds left and the teams would head to the fourth with the Saints holding a 10-4 advantage.

That goal would be just a vaccine rather a cure for the Tars' ailing offense as Limestone notched three consecutive scores, with Ricci getting his fourth and Nakasuji his fourth assist, before Schultz delivered on a man-up opportunity to make it 13-5 with 8:20 to play. From there, however, Limestone would not allow Rollins' offense to capitalize on that goal as they closed out the game by scoring four of the last seven goals to wrap up the 17-8 victory.

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