Limestone vs. Wheeling Jesuit
March 2, 2013
The Game Story:
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Senior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) drilled five goals and had a pair of assists as Limestone (5-0, 1-0 CC) picked up a 17-12 victory over Wheeling Jesuit (2-2, 2-1 ECAC) in an NCAA Division II men's lacrosse game on Saturday, March 2.

Loewen's seven points led the way for the Saints but it was senior face-off specialist Jake Ternosky (LaFayette, N.Y.) that provided seventeen offensive opportunities as he went 17-of-27 at the center “X” while collecting seven groundballs.

Among those benefitting from his efforts were junior attack Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario, Canada), who finished with a goal, four assists and a pair of groundballs, and freshman midfielder Reid Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) who notched a goal, three assists and three groundballs.

Freshman attack Kyle Rhatigan (Holbrook, N.Y.) rifled home four scores on the day and senior midfielder Zach Cummings (Crownsville, Md.) finished with three scores and an assist. Senior midfielder Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) chipped in with a pair of assists and had three groundballs. He was joined by junior longstick midfielder Mike Ponzio (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) who had four groundballs and a caused turnover.

Senior goalkeeper Christian Dzwileski (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) played all 60 minutes in goal, making 10 saves and allowing 12 goals to improve to 4-0 on the year. He also had four groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers.

The Saints came out firing as they scored five of the seven goals in the first quarter and continued to pour it on in the second 15 minutes. In that period, Limestone drilled home seven more goals while allowing just two to WJU to head to the break up 12-4.

It would be the tale of two halves, however, as things would change dramatically in the second half. After being outshot 32-14 in the first 30 minutes, the Cardinals responded by taking the first 13 shots of the third period and posted a 17-2 shot margin for the quarter. They would convert on three of those 17 shots, including one with just 18 seconds left, to cut the deficit to 12-7 entering the fourth.

Cummings and Reid Reinholdt changed the feel of the game at the start of the final frame as they notched back-to-back scores just 16 seconds apart to push the lead to 14-7 with 13:18 to play. Wheeling Jesuit would not go quietly, however, as Tyler Buchan, Sean Wright and Kevin Figaniak responded with three straight unassisted goals in a span of 2:36, leaving the score at 14-10 with 10:10 to play.

A goal by Kyle Rhatigan at 8:47 snapped that streak and made it a five-goal game before Figaniak notched WJU's fourth score of the period with 4:50 left. Just when the Cardinals thought they might be gaining some momentum for a final run, junior left-side midfielder Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) raced down the field off a faceoff and drilled the backbreaker home with 4:35 on the clock to take a 15-11 lead.

A pair of man-up goals, one by WJU's Landon DelPrince at 3:09, and a capper by Loewen at 1:12, closed out the scoring as Limestone moved to a perfect 5-0 on the season with the 17-12 victory.

Kevin Figaniak had four goals and an assist while Brian Frank cranked up 11 shots to finish with three goals and an assist to go along with four groundballs to lead the Cardinals. Wright and DelPrince each had a pair of scores and Buchan added a solo goal. Bryce Brochu had two assists and five groundballs and Evan Hodel was just 9-of-19 in faceoffs and picked up six groundballs. Jim LaPenna played the entire game in between the pipes, allowing 17 goals while making 12 saves to take the loss.

Limestone returns to Conference Carolinas action on Wednesday, March 6 as they host Coker. Face off for that game is set for 4 p.m.

This was the first meeting between the teams since February 24, 2008 … Limestone holds a perfect 9-0 record all-time over the Cardinals.