|LAKELAND - Limestone College (SC) has been one of the top Division II lacrosse programs for a number of years, and Wednesday night at Bryant Stadium, the Saints showed why they're again considered to be among the best this year. With four goals from Thomas Langan, and three goals and three assists from Brendan Storrier, #7 Limestone ended Florida Southern's four-game winning streak by downing the Moccasins 19-6.|
Playing their first nationally ranked opponent in their inaugural season, the Moccasins (4-3) were forced into a defensive stance early in the game. The Saints (3-2) took the first 12 shots of the night, out-shot the Mocs 27-6 in the first half and led 8-1 at halftime. Storrier, who had 44 goals and 33 assists last year as a junior, scored his first goal of the night just over 2 minutes into the game and it remained 1-0 until the final three minutes of the first quarter. Then Jake Rogalia scored two goals 18 seconds apart to put the Saints ahead 3-0, and Langan opened the second quarter by scoring three goals in the first six minutes. His fourth goal came at the 5:10 mark and gave the Saints a 7-0 lead before Storrier picked up his third assist of the first half on a goal by Eric Turner with 3:45 remaining.
The Moccasins got on the board right after that when Cason Heckle scored an unassisted goal, but the Saints started the second half with three quick goals from Storrier, Rogalia and Sam Buppert. Back-to-back goals by Justin Brown and Heckle got rhe Mocs within 11-3, but Limestone again scored two goals in less than a minute and led by double digits the rest of the night.
Heckle later scored his third goal of the match for Florida Southern, and the Mocs' other two goals came from Seabrooke Carter and Nick Papagikos.
Florida Southern will be at home again on Saturday against the Deep South Conference leader, Mars Hill (NC). Game time is 12:00 p.m.