No. 3 Limestone Clinches Share of CC Title at Belmont Abbey

BELMONT, N.C. - Needing just one victory to ensure at least a share of the 2014 Conference Carolinas regular season championship, No. 3 Limestone (12-1, 3-0 CC) left no doubt as they demolished Belmont Abbey (5-9, 0-3 CC) 20-7 on Saturday, April 12.

The victory gives the Saints a share of the league regular season title, making it the eighth straight year they have earned at least a share of the Conference Carolinas/Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference regular season championship. That is every year the league has sponsored championships in men's lacrosse.

They earn the share of the championship by virtue of an undefeated league record and one loss by second place No. 10 Pfeiffer. The two teams will meet next weekend to decide home field advantage but the Falcons can do no better than a share of the title.

Freshman faceoff specialist Kevin Reisman (West Babylon, N.Y.) dominated at the center "X", winning 19 of 25 faceoffs, and picked up an impressive 17 groundballs to fuel the Limestone offense. Among those that took advantage of those 19 possessions were sophomore attack Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada), who had four goals, and sophomore attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.), who added a hat trick and an assist.

Senior midfielder Joey Rotolone (Edgewater, Md.) and freshman midfielder Colton Watkinson (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) each had a pair of scores while nine other Saints recorded solo goals. Defensively, freshman attack Anthony Quiles (Greer, S.C.) had three groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers and senior defenseman Glenn Trovato (Smithtown, N.Y.) notched five groundballs.

Sophomore goal keeper Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) played 55:37 between the pipes and made a career-high 18 saves while allowing just seven goals to move to 12-1 on the year.

Always a heated rivalry, the Saints did their best to douse that right away as they took a 5-2 lead through the first quarter. With seven goals to just one for the Crusaders, that margin would balloon to 12-3 by the half and not get any better for BAC.

As the teams each scored a pair of goals in the third, it would remain a nine goal deficit, 14-5, entering the fourth before Limestone scored four of the first five to stretch to an 18-6 advantage with 6:17 to play. They would then add two of the next three to close it out at 20-7 and clinch at least a share of the regular season title.

Joey McGinley led Belmont Abbey with a pair of goals and an assist while Connor Sellars had a goal and two assists. David Salter added four groundballs and Brett Lawless played 43:48 in goal, giving up 13 goals and making eight saves to take the loss.

Limestone will return to the field on Saturday, April 19 when they host No. 10 Pfeiffer in what will essentially be the Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship Game. Slated for 1:00 p.m. at Saints Field, the winner of the game will gain home field advantage throughout the league tournament. A Pfeiffer win will give them a share of the league title while a Saints victory will earn them an outright title.


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