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
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
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
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
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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