No. 3 Limestone Starts Fast, Pummels Lees-McRae

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Lees-McRae freshman Louis Parks tallied two goals and an assist, but LMC fell to No. 3 Limestone, 22-4, in Conference Carolina play Tuesday afternoon at Tate Field in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Saints (11-1, 2-0 CC) had a trio of players notch hat tricks while Kyle Rhatigan chipped in a game-high three assists. The Bobcats (0-10, 0-3) forced 11 turnovers while goalie Benjamin Shifflett (Clemmons, N.C.) amassed 11 saves.

LC's Brendan Shea led both squads with six goals and nine shots.

The Saints' Todd Nakasuji, Shea and Rhatigan jump started the LC offense while it sprinted out a 9-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of play.

Sophomore Nick Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.) snagged a pass from Parks and buried it to put LMC on the board with 4:12 remaining in the opening quarter.

LC responded with a 9-0 run, while Shea and Nick Schmell netted two goals apiece over the next 15 minutes.

Freshman Treven Salminen (Lynden, Wash.) showed why he's a part of the Finnish National Team with a nifty move to best LC's Dustyn Lyons at the 7:37 mark of the third quarter.

Dustin Barrow (Columbia, S.C.) found Parks with 3:14 left in the game before Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) duplicated his teammates' success with an assist on Parks second goal in the waning seconds of the game.

11 different Saints recorded a goal while holding a slim advantage in ground balls (23-17).

Sophomore Alex Poole (Winston-Salem, N.C.) led the team with three groundballs.

LMC will travel to Rome, Ga. to battle Shorter April 5 at 1:00 p.m.

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BANNER ELK, N.C. - Thirteen first-quarter goals would be more than enough, as No. 3 Limestone (11-1, 2-0 CC) posted a 22-4 victory at Lees-McRae (0-10, 0-3 CC) on Tuesday, April 1.

Senior attack Brendan Shea (Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada) led the offensive assault with a career-high six goals and sophomore attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.) produced four goals and three assists. Senior attack Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) added a hat trick and junior attack Nick Schmell (Woodstock, Vt.) added a pair of scores and an assist.

Freshman attack Chris Clancy (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) and junior midfielder Calyl Robinson (Annapolis, Md.) each had a goal and an assist and senior midfielder Joey Rotolone (Edgewater, Md.) dished out two assists. Freshman midfielder Kevin Reisman (West Babylon, N.Y.), who leads NCAA Division II in groundballs and is fourth in faceoff winning percentage, went 7 of 9 at the center "X" and senior face-off specialist John Laronga (Huntington, N.Y.) was 7 of 10.

Sophomore goal keeper Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) started and played the first quarter, allowing a goal and making a save, to move to 11-1 on the year and was relieved by senior goalkeeper Dustyn Lyons (Hood River, Ore.). Lyons played 30 minutes in between the pipes and allowed a goal and made three saves.

Nine straight goals as part of a 13 goal first period set the tone for the game and the Bobcats never recovered. That was due in large part to Shea rifling in a career-high five goals - in just the opening quarter. Rhatigan was right there with him as he drilled four goals and dished out three assists in the first 15 minutes of action.

While they wouldn't total that amount over the final three quarters, Limestone did anything but shutdown the offense. They scored all four goals in the third period as part of a 5-0 run that stretched into the beginning of the fourth.

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