No. 1 Le Moyne Wins Maryland Battle vs. No. 5 Limestone

Corapi closed out the scoring in the game by finishing off a pass from Jenkins with 11:26 left in the fourth quarter.

Romagnoli picked up his third win as a Dolphin by making seven saves between the pipes. Patrick Sheridan took the loss for the Saints after making just five saves on 17 shots on goal.

Le Moyne (3-0), which improved to 6-1 in seven regular-season match-ups with the Saints, returns home to face Pace University on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

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NORTH BETHESDA, Md. - A three goal third period was too much for No. 5 Limestone (4-1, 0-0 CC) to overcome, and they fell 12-8 to No. 1 and defending national champion Le Moyne (3-0, 1-0 NE-10) on Saturday, March 1.

Sophomore midfielder Mike Messenger (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) led the Saints with three goals and added four groundballs while sophomore attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.) notched a pair of goals.

They were joined by senior midfielder Joshua Williams (Davidsonville, Md.) with a goal and an assist along with a pair of groundballs and senior face-off specialist John Laronga (Huntington, N.Y.) went 10 of 12 at the center "X" with five groundballs. Sophomore goal keeper Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) went the distance in goal, allowing all 12 goals and making five saves to fall to 4-1 on the season.

It would be a back-and-forth affair from the very beginning as neither team would gain a significant advantage in the first half. The clubs exchanged the first four scores to deadlock at 2-2 before consecutive scores by the Dolphins gave them a 4-2 lead with 5:27 to play in the first half. Mike Messenger then answered back with back-to-back goals of his own, tying the score once again, this time at 4-4, before Le Moyne put two to the back of the net to make it 6-4. The last of those came with one second on the clock at the end of the first half to send them to the break with a two goal margin.

The Saints would make their run at the start of the second half as they rifled in three straight scores to flip the script and take a 7-6 lead by the 8:05 mark of the third quarter. Sophomore attack Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) and freshman attack Anthony Quiles (Greer, S.C.) notched the first two while Joshua Williams put Limestone ahead with the third score.

That, however, would almost be the extent of their offense as Le Moyne rattled off the next three goals to pull back ahead at 9-7 just six seconds into the fourth quarter. Kyle Rhatigan would draw the Saints back to within one at the 13:21 mark but the Dolphins would squelch any late game heroics as they scored the next three and tightened up on defense to secure the 12-8 victory.

Kam Bumpus and Mike Jenkins each finished with a goal and three assists while Kevin Kely and Joe Corapi had two scores and an assist apiece. Chris Button added a pair of goals and Mike DeBottis notched a goal and an assist for the Dolphins. Ben Romagnoli went the distance and allowed eight goals while making seven saves to move to 3-0 on the season.

Limestone is back in action when they return to the Maryland area for a crucial battle with nationally ranked Merrimack on March 9. Faceoff is set for 12:00 p.m. in Towson, Md.

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