#1 Le Moyne Crushes #10 Limestone 22-3 in Semifinal

SYRACUSE, N.Y. * Sophomore Mike McDonald (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) scored a career-high seven goals to lead No. 1 Le Moyne to a 22-3 win over Limestone in the NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse semifinals at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex. The Dolphins (17-0) advance to the NCAA Division II Championship game, while Deep South Champion Limestone finishes its season at 11-7.

McDonald scored four times as Le Moyne jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter. Jason Longo (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) opened the scoring with an extra-man goal, the first of five on the day for the Dolphins, 1:44 into the contest. McDonald scored the next three goals to lift Le Moyne to a 4-0 edge with 7:08 remaining in the first quarter. Longo, McDonald and sophomore Brian Cost (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) netted goals to close out the opening quarter.

Brad Partridge stopped Le Moyne's run with the first goal of the second quarter. He finished off a feed from Pat Beall to put the Saints on the board. The Dolphins scored the final two goals of the half to take a 9-1 lead into the intermission.

The Dolphins outscored their guests 9-1 in the third quarter to open up a 16-2 edge. Junior Ed Street (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) scored three goals, while Cost and McDonald netted two each in the third quarter. Sophomore Tom Donahue (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) set up three of Le Moyne's nine third quarter scores.

Le Moyne scored the game's final four goals to advance to their second national championship game in three seasons. Limestone will not advance to the national title game for the first time since 1999, snapping a string of six straight appearances.

Le Moyne outshot the Saints 52-18, picked up a 46-15 edge in ground balls and won 24-of-28 faceoffs. McDonald's seven goals equaled Brandon Spillett's national title game total of seven for the program's most in an NCAA tournament game. Street scored a career-best four goals and Cost added three. The 22 goals equaled the most Le Moyne scored in a game this season and the 19 goal margin was Le Moyne's third-largest of the season.

The Dolphins will meet the winner of Sunday's semifinal between Mercyhurst and Dowling on Sunday, May 28 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV).

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The No. 1-ranked LeMoyne Dolphins dealt the No. 10 Limestone College Saints a 22-3 loss in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse Tournament. LeMoyne progresses to the national final in Philadelphia, Pa., next Sunday with a perfect 17-0 record as the Dolphins will play the winner of the Dowling/Mercyhurst semifinal game scheduled for Sunday. Limestone sees its season end with an 11-7 overall record.

This is the first time in six years that Limestone will not be a national title contender, while LeMoyne makes its second appearance in the national championship final.

The Dolphins gained a 9-1 advantage over the Saints heading into halftime. Brad Patridge (Dublin, Ohio) managed to score the only goal for Limestone. LeMoyne outscored the Saints 13-2 in the second half, as Harley Beekman (Amsterdam, N.Y.) tallied one the Limestone's goals.

Despite today's loss the Saints still posted their 10th consecutive winning season with a .611 winning percentage.

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Limestone  0   1   1   1   -   3
Le Moyne 7 2 9 4 - 22
Limestone (11-7) - Brad Partridge 1-1, Colin Bell 1-0, Harley Beekman 1-0, Pat Beall 0-1. Saves - Marty Ward 15

Le Moyne (17-0) - Mike McDonald 7-0, Ed Street 4-1, Brian Cost 3-2, Ryan Lewis 2-3, Jason Longo 2-0, Tom Donahue 1-3, Craig Rosecrans 1-1, Pete Gibbons 1-0, Nate Evans 1-0, Chris Moore 0-1, Brian Welch 0-1.

Shots - Le Moyne 58, Limestone 18
Ground Balls - Le Moyne 46, Limestone 15
Face-offs - Limestone 4/28, Le Moyne 24/28
Clears - Limestone 15/17, Le Moyne 17/19
Extra-man - Limestone 1/3, Le Moyne 5/9

2006-05-20



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