Limestone takes down Pfeiffer to earn fifth consecutive regular-season title
MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- Facing rival No. 10 Pfeiffer (11-3, 5-1 CC) on its home turf, No. 3 Limestone (12-1, 6-0 CC) earned its fifth consecutive Conference Carolinas regular-season title and undefeated league season, as they downed the Falcons 12-10 on Saturday.
Senior attack Riley Loewen scored three goals and added a pair of assists to lead the way, while senior midfielder Tor Reinholdt finished with two goals and two assists. They were joined by junior attack Todd Nakasuji with a pair of assists, a goal and three groundballs.
Senior attack Corey Rich added two goals, an assist and a pair of groundballs while senior face-off specialist Jake Ternosky went 12 of 24 at the faceoff and scored his first goal of the season on a breakaway.
Freshman midfielder Reid Reinhold chipped in a pair of goals and senior goalkeeper Christian Dzwilewski went all 60 minutes in goal, allowing 10 goals and making 17 saves to improve to 9-1 on the year.
Senior midfielder Zach Cummings got the Saints on the board just 48 seconds into the game off a pass from Nakasuji before Pfeiffer rattled off the next four goals to take a 4-1 lead at the 6:34 mark of the first quarter. The teams then traded goals to make if 5-2 before Limestone drilled three consecutive goals to tie it at five with 9:51 to play in the second quarter.
After the Falcons took two of the next three to pull back ahead at 7-6, back-to-back goals by Rich and Ternosky in a span of six seconds put Limestone up 8-7. Reinholdt made it three in a row with a goal near the start of the second half but PU's Elliot Gilbert connected at 10:54 to close within 9-8.
Loewen delivered back-to-back scores at 5:05 and 1:40 of the third quarter to stretch the lead to a game-high 11-8. The Falcons' James Shepherd connected at the beginning of the fourth, drawing Pfeiffer to within 11-9, but a goal by Rich with 3:58 to play put the game away. A goal by PU with 24 seconds left took the game to the final margin of 12-10.
Steven Tilmon led Pfeiffer with three scores and an asist while Gilbert had two goals, an assist and three groundballs. Shepherd finished with a pair of scores and Kory Lutes and Mike Triolo each had solo goals. Matt Michaeli finished with a goal and an assist and Hayden Kirk allowed 12 goals and made 14 saves in 60 minutes of action between the pipes.