Wingate vs. Limestone
March 19, 2013
The Game Story:
Wingate, N.C.----NCAA Division II number three Limestone College tallied 16 unanswered goals en route to a 22-8 men’s lacrosse victory over Wingate University Tuesday afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field. Eleven different players scored goals for the visiting Saints (8-1 overall). Senior midfield Chase Clifton (Lexington, N.C.) and senior attack Taylor Womble (Cary, N.C.) scored three goals each for the host Bulldogs (2-9 overall) (NCAA box score).

Clifton sandwiched two goals around a Womble score to give Wingate a 3-0 lead at the 4:53 mark of the first quarter. Bulldog junior midfield Troy Press (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) assisted on the second Clifton score.

Limestone scored five goals in the final 3:02 of the opening frame to take a 5-3 lead. Saint junior attack Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario) and senior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, B.C.) scored two goals each during the quarter-closing flurry.

Nakasuji scored again seven seconds into the second stanza to push the LC lead to 6-3. Nakasuji, Loewen and senior attack Corey Rich (Sacramento, Calif.) scored three goals each during Limestone’s 16-0 run, as the Saints turned a 3-0 deficit into a 16-3 advantage with 13:38 remaining in the third quarter.

The two teams battled on even terms the rest of the way, as Wingate held a 4-2 edge in the fourth quarter. On the afternoon, senior midfield Garrett Kendall (Greer, S.C.) had two goals for the Bulldogs. Freshman attack Ryan Vogrig (Vancouver, B.C.) and senior attack/midfield Derek Watts (Winston-Salem, N.C.) had two assists each for the hosts.

Loewen, Rich and Nakasuji had four goals each for the Saints. Loewen added a team-best three assists to his statistical ledger, while Rich passed out two helpers. LC senior midfield Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, B.C.) had two goals and three assists, while senior midfield Zach Cummings (Crownsville, Md.) had two goals and two assists.

Limestone held the edge in shots (40-26), ground balls (45-33) and face-offs (24-of-33). Saint freshman goalkeeper Patrick Sheridan (Fairport, N.Y.) earned the victory, playing 57 minutes between the pipes. He allowed eight goals and recorded 10 saves. Wingate junior goalkeeper Patrick Cooney (Cazenovia, N.Y.) went the distance, posting nine saves.

Both teams return to conference play for their next games. Wingate visits Saint Leo Saturday for a 1 p.m. Deep South Conference contest. Limestone is off until Wednesday, March 27, when the Saints visit Mount Olive for a 4 p.m. Conference Carolinas encounter.