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GAFFNEY, S.C. -- No. 4 Limestone (3-0, 0-0 CC) handed No. 1 and defending national champion Dowling (0-1, 0-0 ECC) a 10-7 loss to open its title defense on Saturday.

Senior attack Corey Rich was the catalyst for the Saints as he drilled three goals and had two assists for five points while adding four groundballs. Junior attack Todd Nakasuji added a pair of key goals and senior attack Riley Loewen had two goals, an assist and five groundballs.

Senior face-off specialist Jake Ternosky, notched a game-high eight groundballs and gave the Limestone offense the ball 11 times out of 21. Senior midfielders Connor DeVoe and Zach Cummings each took advantage of Ternosky's work with a goal and an assist.

Senior goalkeeper Christian Dzwileski played all 60 minutes in goal and totaled 13 saves while allowing just seven goals.

Dowling's Michael Brennan got the Lions on the board at the 9:20 mark of the first quarter, but was quickly answered by an unassisted score by Corey Rich just over a minute later to knot the score at one.

Following a goal at the 4:52 mark by DC's Matt Crough, Limestone went on an offensive tear, scoring five of the next six goals during the next 22:50 to take a 6-3 lead.

Riley Loewen drilled an unassisted goal at 14:38 of the second quarter and freshman midfielder Reid Reinholdt followed with another seven minutes later to give the Saints a 3-2 advantage. Dowling's James Tucci evened the score with his unassisted goal at 4:42, but Limestone struck late in the half. Rich notched his second of the game at 1:37. Loewen then found Connor DeVoe, who laced a shot past the keeper with eight seconds left to make it 5-3 at half.

The Golden Lion's Crough and Sheldon Burns notched back-to-back scores to cut the score to 6-5 with 6:30 to play in the third. Corey Rich rifled his third goal of the game and then assisted on Nakasuji's goal with 44 seconds to play in the period to put the score at 8-5 entering the fourth.

Cummings made it three Limestone goals in a row as he took a pass from freshman midfielder Vinny Ricci and put it to the back of the net for a 9-5. The Golden Lions stepped up on offense, mounting a rally with consecutive goals by Kevin McElhone and Billy Richardson to cut it to 9-7 before Nakasuji ended any hope of a comeback with a goal with seven minutes left.

Matt Crough led Dowling with a pair of goals and assists for five points and added five groundballs while Billy Richardson and James Tucci each had a goal and an assist. Brennan, Burns and McElhone each had solo goals. Burns added seven groundballs and Louis Riley had five while converting on 10 of 21 faceoffs.