2013-05-13 / Sports

Limestone tops SHU; travels to Mercyhurst for spot in finals

STAFF REPORTS

Playing in their 14th consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament, No. 2 Limestone (16-1, 6-0 CC) punched their ticket to the Final Four with a 16-13 victory over No. 8 Seton Hill (12-4, 6-1 ECAC) in an NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Tournament game on Saturday at Saints Field.

Senior attack Riley Loewen took it upon himself to make sure that his career would not end on his home field as he delivered five goals and three assists for eight points and picked up five groundballs to lead Limestone.

He was joined by senior attack Corey Rich, who scored four goals and had an assist with five groundballs of his own while senior midfielder Tor Reinholdt finished with a pair of goals and three assists.

Senior midfielder Zach Cummings added two goals of his own while senior face-off specialist Jake Ternosky took 12-of-19 faceoffs to give the Limestone offense the ball.

Manning the defense was senior goalkeeper Christian Dzwilewski as he played all 60 minutes, allowing 13 goals while making 10 saves.

The Saints showed the early poise that comes with having gone to 14 straight NCAA Division II Tournaments. After being held scoreless over the first 10 minutes of the game, Limestone erupted for five straight scores to take a 5-0 lead with 2:13 on the clock.

Loewen drove home three of those goals and assisted on a fourth to fuel the offensive outburst.

After shaking off the newness of being in their first NCAA Tournament, Seton Hill responded with backto back goals towards the end of the first quarter as James Delaney and Taylor Mansfield connected to cut it to 5-2 with 11 seconds left. Junior long stick midfielder Mike Ponzio then made it 6-2 off a pass from Tor Reinholdt before Matt Delmonico dished out a pair of assists for SHU to close to within two at 6-4 by the 12:04 mark.

Loewen would end that string with his fourth goal of the game, this one coming off a pass from Reid Reinholdt at 5:12.

Delmonico then got the Griffons back within a twogoal margin at 7-5 as he found Delaney in front of the net with 2:38 on the clock. Zach Cummings then found the back of the net at 1:33 to send the Saints into the break with an 8-5 lead.

While the first half had some offensive punch for both teams, the third quarter alone would nearly equal that scoring. Delaney got on the board again for SHU just over two minutes in before Cummings and Tor Reinholdt took it themselves with unassisted scores to make it 10-6 at 11:59.

The offensive explosion continued as Dylan Lefebvre converted off a pass from Mansfield for Seton Hill, Loewen found Tor Reinholdt for the Saints and Marc Piche scored for the Griffons. After that series, Limestone came away with an 11-8 lead with 7:35 remaining in the third.

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