Limestone wraps up championship
Notes: Duke clinches ACC regular-season title
The first time Pfeiffer played Limestone this season, the Falcons were able to slow down Riley Loewen, Shayne Jackson and the rest of the Saints’ offense, but with Limestone leading 5-2 at halftime and 7-2 after three quarters, the outcome was never particularly in doubt.
When the teams met again in the Conference Carolinas, however, Pfeiffer was able to make the Saints sweat.
Justin Rose scored Pfeiffer’s first two goals of the day, and Kory Lutes, James Shepherd and Steven Tilmon followed with goals of their own to tie the game at 5-5 with 10:32 left in the third quarter. However, Thomas Langan scored his second goal of the game just over two minutes later, and finished his hat trick 1:21 into the fourth quarter. The last Langan goal was the first of four Limestone goals in the fourth quarter, securing a 10-5 Limestone win and the Conference Carolinas Championship.
Tewaaraton Award nominee Shayne Jackson finished with the team lead in points with four on two goals and a pair of assists, while junior goalkeeper Steve Gartelman made a season-high 14 saves in the game, including six in the fourth quarter.
The Saints have their conference championship locked up, but there’s more work to be done. Limestone will meet No. 4 Mercyhurst this Saturday on a neutral field in Alexandria, Va., and will return home to finish the regular season against to No. 11 Catawba on April 30 in a battle of top five teams in the South Regional rankings.
Need to Know
• There’s a new No. 1 team in both the USILA Division I Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll after Syracuse dropped an 11-6 decision to Cornell last Tuesday at the Carrier Dome (a win that earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors for Big Red junior attackman Rob Pannell). Undefeated Notre Dame, which opened its season with a 12-7 win over reigning NCAA Champion Duke, moved up to the top spot. The Fighting Irish will have to fight to keep the top spot, as they’ll face the Orange on April 30 before closing the regular season with a visit to No. 9 North Carolina. Tewaaraton Award nominees Zach Brenneman, David Earl and Kevin Ridgway will have their work cut out for them this week as well, though, as will the rest of the Irish, when Notre Dame visits Big East rival Providence on Saturday.
• Syracuse may have lost the top spot, but the Orange leads the nation with four nominees for the 2011 Tewaaraton Award. The list of 25 players was released on Monday, and the Orange’s goalkeeper John Galloway, attackman Stephen Keough, defenseman John Lade and midfielder Joel White were all named as nominees. Notre Dame and Maryland have three nominees each, while Army, Duke and Stony Brook have two nominees apiece.
• When No. 1 Tufts took the field last Tuesday to face No. 18 Endicott, it had been five days short of a year since the Jumbos last lost a game, but with senior Chris Cotter and sophomore Connor McCormack leading the way, the Gulls gave the reigning NCAA Champions an early anniversary present. Cotter and McCormack combined for four goals and three assists, figuring on five of Endicott’s seven first-half goals, leading the Gulls to a 9-8 win over the Jumbos in front of a home crowd of 1200 in Beverly, Mass. The Jumbos were able to bounce back after their 19-game win streak was snapped, winning a NESCAC game against Connecticut College on Saturday. However, it wasn’t enough to keep Tufts on top of the USILA Division III poll, as the reigning champs fell to No. 4. Meanwhile, Stevenson, a 16-12 winner over then-No. 2 Salisbury behind a season-high five points (4g, 1a) from CAC Offensive Player of the Week Kyle Moffitt, took over the top spot, followed by unbeaten RIT, with Salisbury, Tufts and Cortland rounding out the top five.
• Meeting for the 107th time in their rivalry’s storied history, No. 3 Johns Hopkins and No. 4 Maryland did everything they could to live up to the legacy, and after 63 minutes and 44 seconds, it’s fair to say that they did it. Senior attackman Kyle Wharton scored his second goal of the game 16 seconds into overtime, leading the Blue Jays to a 12-11 victory over their fiercest rival. Wharton finished with four points in the game, while his classmate Chris Boland led all scorers with five goals. With the win, the Blue Jays rose from No. 3 to No. 2 in the USILA Division I poll, while the Terrapins fell from fourth to seventh.
• Princeton freshman midfielder Tom Schreiber was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after leading the Tigers to wins over in-state rival Rutgers and Ancient Eight foe Dartmouth. Schreiber, who earned the conference honor for the third time this season, scored three goals and assisted three more in the win over the Scarlet Knights, then scored one more goal and handed out three more assists in the win over the Big Green.
• Bentley junior attackman Brendan Grant was named the Northeast-10 Player of the Week after leading the Falcons to wins over Southern New Hampshire and American International. The native of Walpole, Mass., scored three goals and assisted on one more against the Penmen, then exploded for five goals against AIC, the most goals scored in a game by a Bentley player all season.
• Middlebury senior midfielder Andrew Conner was named the NESCAC Player of the Week after leading the No. 10 Panthers to a pair of road wins. Conner scored five goals in an 11-10 double overtime victory at Skidmore on Tuesday, then scored three more goals and added an assist on Saturday in a 12-8 win over Trinity.
• After clinching the ACC regular-season title outright with a 13-11 win over Virginia on Saturday, No. 6 Duke swept the conference’s weekly honors. Junior midfielder Robert Rotanz was named Offensive Player of the Week after tying his career highs with four goals and five total points, while sophomore goalkeeper Dan Wigrizer was named Defensive Player of the Week after making 11 saves to hold the Cavaliers below their season average of nearly 14 goals.