Limestone snags fifth consecutive Conference Carolinas championship
BURLINGTON, N.C. -– A six-goal second half and tremendous defense led No. 2 Limestone (14-1, 6-0 CC) to its fifth consecutive Conference Carolinas Men's Lacrosse Championship with a dominant 16-8 victory against rival No. 11 Pfeiffer (13-4, 5-1 CC) on Sunday at Williams Stadium.
The championship is the Saints' sixth in the conference and 14th overall. They have won a tournament title in 14 of the past 15 years dating back to the Deep South Conference and have claimed all but one in Conference Carolinas.
Senior midfielder Tor Reinholdt earned Most Outstanding Player honors with three goals, three assists and a pair of groundballs while junior attack Todd Nakasuji, senior midfielder Ahmaad Simmons and senior goalkeeper Christian Dzwilewski joined him on the All-Tournament Team.
Nakasuji was a force early with a total of four goals while freshman midfielder Reid Reinholdt finished with a goal, two assists and four groundballs. Senior attack Riley Loewen also had a goal and two assists while senior attack Corey Rich and senior midfielder Zach Cummings each had a pair of scores. Rich added five groundballs on the day.
Senior face-off specialist Jake Ternosky was strong at the center “X” as he went 16-of-26 with six groundballs and Dzwilewski played 58:18 in goal, allowing just eight goals and making 14 saves in a battle of the league's top two keepers.
Limestone jumped out to an early 5-1 lead at the 4:16 mark of the first quarter behind three goals from Todd Nakasuji. Pfeiffer's James Shepherd then stepped up, and assisted on the Falcons first goal and scored the next two to draw to within 5-3 with 12:44 left in the second quarter.
Senior midfielder Connor DeVoe then rifled home an unassisted score at 10:23 and was followed a bit more than a minute later by Corey Rich who put home a man-up opportunity to make it 7-4. They would continue the offensive onslaught as they pushed the lead to 9-5 with 14:01 on the clock in the third quarter before Pfeiffer drilled home back-to-back scores to cut it to 9-7 at 9:32.
From there, it would be all Limestone as they powered home six consecutive scores during the next 15:31 to put the game well out of reach and drive the lead to a daunting 15-7 with 8:08 remaining in the game. Of those six goals, five were scored by different Saints with only Tor Reinholdt getting more than one.
Pfeiffer's Mike Triolo added what would be the last Falcon goal at 7:51 and junior attack Todd Kozak (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) capped it off with the 16th Limestone goal at 2:03 and wrapped up the title with a 16-8 victory.
Shepherd led the way for Pfeiffer with a pair of scores and an assist and three groundballs while Steven Tilmon added two goals and three groundballs. Robert Hope and Triolo each had a goal and an assist and Triolo added six groundballs and two caused turnovers.
All-Conference First-Team selection Hayden Kirk played 58:18 and gave up 16 goals to fall to 13-4.