No. 3 Limestone Bolts to 11-1 Lead, Sails by Wingate

GAFFNEY, S.C. - Sophomore midfielder Mike Messenger (Surrey, British Columbia) delivered five points as No. 3 Limestone (8-1, 0-0 CC) picked up 15-6 victory over Wingate (5-3, 0-2 SAC) on Wednesday, March 19.

Messenger notched a pair of scores and three assists, along with a pair of groundballs, while sophomore attack Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia) added a hat trick. Sophomore attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.) notched two scores and an assist and freshman midfielder Colton Watkinson (Burlington, Ontario) finished with a goal and a pair of assists.

Freshman midfielder Kevin Reisman (West Babylon, N.Y.) made sure that the Saints would offense would continue to be fed as he won 11 of 19 faceoffs, picked up 11 groundballs and even added a goal and assist. Defensively, senior long stick midfielder Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) produced three caused turnovers and a pair of groundballs while sophomore midfielder PJ White (Huntington, N.Y.) added two caused turnovers and had two assists.

Sophomore goal keeper Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) played 41:47, allowing just three goals while making eight saves, to move to 8-1 on the season.

Wingate got on the board first as Bryce Sneed converted off a pass from Cory Schumacher at the 8:17 mark but that would be it for the next 23:17. The Saints just poured it on, scoring 11 straight goals for an 11-1 advantage by the 8:01 mark of the second quarter. During that stretch Messenger scored two goals and assisted on two others while Watkinson had a goal and two assists.

The Bulldogs finally broke that string when they notched back-to-back scores, both by Austin Murphy, at 1:50 and 1:38, to close to within 11-3. Four straight goals by Limestone, bookended by scores from Ricci, then pushed it back to a double-digit margin at 6:09 of the third quarter. Wingate would find some late life as they scored three straight, two by Zak Goings, to reach the final margin of 15-6.

Murphy and Goings led WU with two goals apiece and Bryce Sneed finished with a goal, assist and eight groundballs while winning10 of 19 faceoffs. Michael Connor started in net but played only 21:40 as he gave up 11 goals and made just five saves to suffer the loss.

No. 3 Limestone will be back in action on Saturday, March 22 when they host No. 4 Tampa in a game with huge national implications. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Upper Practice Field.

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Gaffney, S.C. -- No. 3 Limestone earned a 15-6 victory over Wingate on Wednesday afternoon at the LC Upper Practice Field. The Saints bolted to an 11-1 lead and never looked back, improving to 8-1 overall. The Bulldogs are 5-3 overall.

Wingate freshman attack Austin Murphy (Orillia, Ontario) and junior midfield Zak Goings (Haymarket, Va.) scored two goals each for the visiting Bulldogs. Ten different Saints scored at least one goal. Sophomore attack Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, B.C.) led Limestone with three goals. Three Saints had two goals each.

Wingate senior midfield Bryce Sneed (Apex, N.C.) scored the game's first goal on an EMO power play. He was assisted by junior attack Cory Schumacher (Gainesville, Va.) with 8:17 remaining in the first quarter. Limestone scored two goals in the next 70 seconds to take the lead for good.

Limestone senior Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario) scored the Saints first goal at the 7:14 mark. Seven seconds later, freshman Kevin Reisman (West Babylon, N.Y.) tallied the match winner on an unassisted goal.

Limestone outshot Wingate 45-29. The Saints held a 46-29 advantage on ground balls. Both teams converted one EMO goal in three tries each. Wingate freshman goalie Michael Connor (Stockport, England) took the loss. In 21-plus minutes, he allowed 11 goals and recorded five saves. LC sophomore goalie Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) got the win. In 41-plus minutes, he posted eight saves while allowing three goals.


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