No. 3 Limestone Blasts Mount Olive for Sixth CC Title in a Row

GAFFNEY, S.C. - Playing in their eighth straight championship game, No. 3 Limestone (15-1, 4-0 CC) earned their sixth straight Conference Carolinas tournament title, and seventh overall, with a commanding 18-7 victory over Mount Olive (13-2, 3-1 CC) on Sunday, April 27.

Sophomore midfielder Mike Messenger (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) registered five goals to lead the Saints but it was freshman midfielder Kevin Reisman (West Babylon, N.Y.) that set up the Saints potent offense with 20 of 24 faceoff wins and an impressive 17 groundballs.

Sophomore midfielder Reid Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) finished with a pair of goals, two assists and two groundballs while junior midfielder Calyl Robinson (Annapolis, Md.) and sophomore attack Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) each had three scores.

Senior defender Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) added a pair of caused turnovers and sophomore attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.) chipped in with three assists. Sophomore goal keeper Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) played 54:41, allowed six goals and made nine saves to move to 15-1 on the season.

For his efforts, he earned Tournament Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Messenger, Ricci and senior midfielder Jamar Peete (Baltimore, Md.).

The teams would trade the first two goals to tie at 1-1 with 9:19 left in the first quarter but it would not be close from there on in. Back-to-back goals by Messenger and Ricci then fueled a 7-1 run that extended to an 8-2 advantage. That stretch was halted only by a UMO goal right before the half to send the teams to the break with an 8-3 margin.

That gap would only grow larger at the start of the third quarter as Messenger and Calyl Robinson notched consecutive scores to push it to 10-3 before the Trojans Matt Shields assisted and then scored to cut it back to a five goal deficit at 10-5.

That would be the closest the game would be as the Saints drove home the next six goals as part of an 8-1 stretch that put it away at 18-6. Mount Olive would add a meaningless goal with nine seconds remaining to reach the final margin of 18-7.

Alex Tindall led UMO with two goals and an assist and Josh Schwartz chipped in with two scores. Matt Shields had a goal and an assist and Ross Bowman played 58:59 in goal, allowing all 18 goals and making 11 saves to fall to 12-3 on the year.

Limestone returns to action when they travel to Salisbury, N.C. on Saturday, May 3 to take on Catawba. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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GAFFNEY, S.C. Mount Olive's quest for a title in only its second year came to an Sunday as the Trojans fell to top-seeded and third-ranked Limestone in the championship of the Conference Carolinas tournament Sunday. The Trojans finish the season with a record of 13-3, including two wins over nationally top 10-ranked Pfeiffer.

Mount Olive was represented on the All-Tournament Team by Luke Morris, Sean Shewey and Cameron Walsh.

The Trojans tied the game 1-1 on Alex Tinadall's goal with 9:19 left in the first period and Spencer Gelinas' goal four minutes later pulled Mount Olive within 3-2. Limestone (15-1) then broke the game open with five unanswered goals and Mount Olive never recovered. Stephen Bowlan's goal with three seconds left in the second period ended the Saints' streak and drew the Trojans within 8-3 at halftime.

After scoring two goals in the first half, Limestone's Mike Messenger added two goals in the third period as the Saints built their lead to double digits at 15-5. Mount Olive had the final goal of the game as Josh Schwarz scored with nine seconds remaining in the contest. Schwarz and Tindall led the Trojans with two goals apiece.

Patrick Sheridan of Limestone was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Mount Olive advanced to the championship game with a 10-6 win over No. 3 seed Pfeiffer Wednesday at Amon Field.

The Trojans lose 14 seniors from this year's squad. Mount Olive has finished .500 or better in each of its first two years of men's lacrosse and has an overall record of 20-10.


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