No. 2 Le Moyne holds off hard-charging No. 3 Limestone in top-3 clash
Brooklandville, Md. -- No. 2 Le Moyne scored the game's first five goals and then held on to defeat third-ranked Limestone 7-6, on Saturday afternoon in a neutral-site contest at Martin D. Tullai Field.
Following a pair of saves by senior goalkeeper Jeff White got on the scoreboard as junior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon rifled a shot into the back of the net at the 11:29 mark.
The teams then went back-and-forth over the next 11 minutes, with Le Moyne taking four of the seven shots, while Limestone committed five of the nine turnovers. After Limestone goalkeeper Christian Dzwilewski turned the ball over on a clear attempt, senior attackman Nate Frechette scored with 26 seconds left in the quarter.
The Dolphins extended their lead to 3-0 with 10:20 remaining in the second quarter. Off a restart of a missed shot, Frechette finished off a feed from classmate Tyler Prevost. Just 47 seconds later, the Dolphins capitalized on another Limestone turnover as junior midfielder Tim Beach beat Dzwilewski after taking a feed from junior midfielder Kam Bumpus. Le Moyne capped its 5-0 run to start the game with 6:47 left in the quarter as junior midfielder Mike DeBottis found the back of the net for the first time as a Dolphin off a pass from Frechette.
Limestone (7-1) got on the scoreboard just six seconds later. After scooping up the ball off the face-off, Jake Ternosky fed Riley Loewen, who fired the ball into the net.
Le Moyne pushed its lead back to five with 5:06 remaining in the half as sophomore midfielder Alec Westerhoff finished off a pass from Chadderdon.
The Saints opened the scoring in the third quarter just 41 seconds into the period as Zach Cummings netted an unassisted goal.
The Dolphins pushed their lead to five for the third time with 5:05 remaining in the stanza. In the final seconds of an extra-man situation, junior attackman Chris Buttonsent a shot in the back of the net off a feed from Prevost.
Trailing 7-2 entering the fourth quarter, the Saint started mounting their comeback following a slashing penalty on the Dolphins at the 14:00 mark. Just 19 seconds into the extra-man opportunity, Corey Rich scored off a pass from Reid Reinholdt. Tor Reinholdt pulled the Saints within 7-4 with 9:02 left to play. Following a Le Moyne turnover in a man-down situation, Loewen netted his 20th goal of the season off a pass from Tor Reinholdt with 5:20 left. The Saints tallied the final goal of the game with 4:39 to play as Loewen and Tor Reinholdt connected for another extra-man score.
Le Moyne won the ensuing face-off and ran 56 seconds off the close before Dzwilewski made a save to get the ball back for the Saints. After holding the ball for over one and one-half minutes, Todd Nakasuji sent a shot over the goal. Kyle Rhatigan then put a shot on goal with 1:30 remaining, but White turned the shot away to keep the Dolphins in front. Senior All-America defenseman Alex Cameron-Carter picked up the loose ball and the Dolphins were able to clear the ball up field. The Dolphins ran the clock down to 10 seconds before giving the ball up prior to being called for a shot-clock violation. However, the Saints were unable to get the ball into their offensive end of the field before the time ran out.
White finished the game with nine saves to earn the win between the pipes. Dzwilewski registered seven saves in the loss for the Saints.
Le Moyne improved to 9-3 all-time against the Saints.