Limestone Knocks Off LeMoyne 9-8

Limestone Knocks Off LeMoyne 9-8

Limestone Knocks Off LeMoyne 9-8

Limestone Knocks Off LeMoyne 9-8

SYRACUSE, N.Y. * Sophomore goalkeeper Marty Ward (Syracuse, N.Y./Corcoran) made 14 saves, including six in the final quarter to lift No. 2 Limestone to a 9-8 win over No. 1 Le Moyne in the NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse National Semifinals at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex. Limestone (15-1) advances to its sixth consecutive national championship game, while defending national champion Le Moyne (14-1) sees its win streak come to an end at 30 consecutive games.

Senior Roger Vyse (Six Nations Reserve, Ontario/Herkimer CC) scored a game-high four goals and assisted on another to lead Limestone in the scoring department. Senior Brandon Spillett (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) and freshman Mike McDonald (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) scored two goals each for Le Moyne.

Senior Kyle Reichel (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa) put Le Moyne on the board 15 seconds into the contest. The Dolphins used goals from Craig Rosecrans (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), Matt Holdridge (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) and McDonald scored a man-up goal to take a 4-3 lead with 7:52 remaining.

It marked Le Moyne's final lead of the contest, as Limestone rattled off the next three goals to take a 6-4 edge early in the second half. Following the McDonald goal, senior Nolan Heavenor (Victoria, B.C./Spectrum Comm.) won the ensuing faceoff and took it in for his first goal of the game. Vyse put the Saints up 5-4 with 22 seconds left in the half and Heavenor made it 6-4 40 seconds into the second half.

Spillett, the Most Outstanding Player of last season's national championship, scored to cut it to a one-goal game with 10:32 left in the third quarter. Limestone answered again 16 seconds later on Patrick Cardiff's 42nd goal of the season.

Junior Ryan Lewis (Minoa, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa) made it a one-goal game again, but Bobby Woody (Edgewater, Md./South River) made it 8-6 Limestone entering the final quarter.

Spillett and McDonald scored for the Dolphins in the final quarter, but Vyse answered Spillett's tally with his 69th goal of the season 14 seconds after his goal. Three of the Saints nine goals came within 30 seconds of a Le Moyne goal.

The Dolphins outshot their visitors 42-25, including a 13-3 margin in the final quarter. Le Moyne was awarded nine extra-man opportunities, but converted just two of them. Limestone was 1-for-5 on the man-up.

Ward, who played his high school lacrosse in Syracuse at Corcoran, made 11 of his 14 saves in the first and final quarters. Le Moyne goalkeeper Jared Corcoran (Concord, N.H./Concord) made four saves in his first collegiate setback.

With the victory, the Saints avenge a 2004 national championship game 11-10 double overtime loss to Le Moyne.

Limestone's nine goals marked the most scored this season against the Dolphins. Le Moyne finishes the season with the top scoring defense (3.27 goals per game) in NCAA history for all divisions. It shatters the Division II record of five per game set by Montclair St. in 1973 and the Division I marks held by Delaware (3.67 in 1971) and Middlebury (3.50, 1988).

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Next stop Philly
    by (#68978) on 5/22/05 @1:00PM
Sounds like this was a very good game. I guess this is where the LeMoyne fans will start listing the excuses for why they lost. Perhaps Limestone just got lucky right? Well I hardly believe luck has anything to do with a team going 1 or 2 out of 9 EMO's. Nicely done Saints, see you in Philly.
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ass (of) u (not) me
    by (#105284) on 5/27/05 @4:12PM
why are the dolphin fans expected to start lisitng excuses for the loss? where does that come from? sounds like in just a few years YOU have become so worried about lemoyne lacrosse that you are making excuses. stick to facts.
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no news on the Tech/Post game
    by (#21337) on 5/23/05 @2:59PM
Good thing that Post made it this far, only to get crushed by Tech. Good luck Tech - beat the crap out of Limestone please!!!
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Tech does not belong
    by (#96158) on 5/23/05 @6:56PM
I don't know who's DNA NY Tech's head coach is washing out of his mustash, but he did someone a favor somewhere to get to the post season.
That's to bad. The entire weekend will be full of blow-outs in Philly--not 1 possible close game remaining. OH well at least the gentlemen's clubs are good in the area.
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you have no idea
    by (#90520) on 5/24/05 @9:51AM
To say that Tech doesn't belong is wrong. I hope you're a Mercyhurst fan, because i don't think a limestone fan would say that at the moment, hey if you are a lakers fan, tell them to go fishing memorial day weekend since they can't be playing lacrosse this weekend.
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the hurst belong
    by (#40548) on 5/26/05 @5:28PM
you cant say that Mercyhurst didn't belong when they are the only team to have beaten the two teams in the finals. It was bull shit they didn't get in. I am not saying the Tech wasn't deserving, but Hurst did enough to get there.
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more teams needed
    by (#105284) on 5/27/05 @4:14PM
it is obvious that in every level especially DII that many more teams could be in the dance. the tourney needs to expand beyond 4 teams.
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    by (#93695) on 5/27/05 @5:35PM
so does everyone still think that corcoran should be all american after having only four saves against limestone?
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