No. 2 Limestone Storms Past Queens in NCAA Quarterfinals

GAFFNEY, S.C. - No. 2 Limestone (17-1, 4-0 CC) not only earned an impressive 17-6 victory over No. 10 Queens (12-5, 4-3 SAC) in an NCAA quarterfinal game on Saturday, they tied the program record with their 17th win of the season. The 2014 team equals the mark set by the 2012 club that went 17-2 and advanced to the national championship game.

Sophomore attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.) fueled the Saints offense with three goals and three assists and added five groundballs while sophomore attack Vinny Ricci (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) finished with four goals and a pair of caused turnovers. Senior midfielder Joshua Williams (Davidsonville, Md.) added two goals and two assists and senior attack Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) chipped in with three goals.

Sophomore midfielder Mike Messenger (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) had two goals and an assist and freshman faceoff specialist Kevin Reisman (West Babylon, N.Y.) finished with 12 groundballs and went 15 of 26 at the center "X". Sophomore goal keeper Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) ran his record to 17-1, tying the single season wins mark of Steve Gartleman (17-2 in 2012) in the process, as he played 59:09, allowed just six goals and made 14 saves.

In a match-up featuring a team making its 15th straight NCAA Tournament appearance and one making its first, it was evident early on which team was which. After alternating the first three goals to deadlock at 3-3 by the 3:16 mark of the first quarter, No. 2 Limestone flexed its muscle and ripped off six of the next seven, including one with three seconds left in the quarter, to take a 9-4 lead into the half.

Out of the break the teams alternated the first four goals to make it 11-6 at the 4:17 mark of the third quarter. That would be it for the Royals, however, as the Saints barreled on to the next six goals, by six different scorers no less, to close out a commanding 17-6 victory.

Evan Farkas led the Royals with two goals while Kenneth Stryker had a goal and six groundballs but went just 11 of 26 in faceoffs. Garrett Chan, Casey Hock and Justin Kestler each added solo goals and Matthew Michael and Jimmy Chickerella each had an assist to round out the offense. Eric Dolan played all 60 minutes in goal, allowing 17 goals and making 18 saves to suffer the loss and end his season at 12-5.

No. 2 Limestone now advances to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals on Sunday, May 18. They will face No. 3 Tampa (16-2), which defeated No. 5 Mercyhurst 11-9, at 1:00 p.m. at Saints Field.

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GAFFNEY, S.C. Appearing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, the men's lacrosse team faced one of its oldest rivals, the Limestone Saints. Taking on one of the top offenses in the nation, Queens was outshot 54 to 27 and dropped the game, 17-6.

In the first quarter it was a back-and-forth game with each team exchanging acrobatic goals. Turning in highlight reel goals for the Royals were Justin Kestler, Garrett Chan, and Kenny Stryker to tie the score at 3-3. But, the second quarter turned out to be just the opposite of the first as the Royals offense was stymied and the vistors gave up five goals to the Saints.

The Royals were able to return to form in the third as they exchange goals with Casey Hock and Evan Farkas picking up key goals to end the quarter with the score 12-6. The Royals were never able to close the gap, and were only able to pick up another score in the fourth.

Farkas led the Royals with two goals with Stryker picking up six groundballs. Eric Dolan turned in a strong performance in the cage and finished with 18 saves.

The Royals finish their season 12-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play.


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