Queens vs. Limestone
April 19, 2009
The Game Story:
Charlotte, N.C.—Jake Rogalia (Liverpool, N.Y.), Thomas Langan (Potomac, Md.), and Mike Poerstel (Annapolis, Md.) rattled off three goals, breaking a 9-9 tie, to lift the #1-seeded Limestone College men’s lacrosse team over #2 seed Queens University, 12-10. The win completed the Saints' run to the Conference Carolinas title, as the team won six straight league games, including a 7-4 semifinal win over defending tournament champion Belmont Abbey.

Rogalia, who was awarded Tournament MVP, led Limestone with three goals, while fellow attacker, Langan, led the team in points with two goals and two assists. James Tuohy (C) (Levittown, N.Y.) continued his strong senior campaign making 12 saves on 41 shots.

Sean Bennett (East Moriches, N.Y.) got the Saints out in front early, taking the opening face-off 40 yards for a goal. Rogalia tallied his first goal at 11:58 and Limestone netted three more to take a 5-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes of play.

The second quarter, however, would belong to the Royals. Cory Thomas put Queens on the scoreboard at 13:20, opening the door for Royals, who recorded 4 more goals before the half. Limestone never lost its lead, maintaining a two-goal cushion with goals from Mike Medrano (Long Beach, N.Y.) at 12:17 and Spencer Wims (C) (Waltham, Mass.) at 10:44, for a 7-5 Saint lead.

The two teams traded a pair of goals in the second half, before Stephen LeBlanc netted two unassisted Royal goals, knotting the game at 9 a piece.

Limestone out-shot Queens, 46-41. However Queens held a distinct advantage in face-offs (16-27) and groundballs (52-38). The Saints extra-man uniti scored on its only opportunity of the day and Limestone killed three of Queens' four extra-man tries.

Following the game, Rogalia, Tuohy, Wims, and Storrier were all honored as members of the All-Tournament team.

Limestone will complete its regular season on Saturday, April 25 when the Catawba Indians travel to Gaffney, S.C. for a 1 p.m. game. Limestone will honor its senior class in prior to the start of its final home game.