Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
Gaffney, SC - The Pfeiffer men's lacrosse team (8-7) saw its season come to an end at the hands of No. 1 Limestone (18-0) in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Semifinal on Friday afternoon. The Saints scored 18 of the game's final 20 goals to come away with a 23-4 victory.
After Limestone scored the first four goals of the game, Kyle Pauwels found the back of the net off an assist from Ryan Cummings to cut the deficit to 4-1. After a Saints goal, Pfeiffer answered with 1.6 seconds on the clock as a pair of freshmen teamed up for a score. Kyle Enklemann found Cummings who rifled a shot past the Limestone keeper to make the score 5-2 at the end of the opening frame.
However, the Saints blew the game open with a 10-1 advantage in the second quarter. After Blade Garlow scored to make the game 7-3, Limestone connected on the next 16 goals to seal the victory. Cameron LaPorta would end the streak with his fourth goal of the season but the damage was done.
Vinny Ricci and Kyle Rhatigan each scored four times for the Saints. Kevin Reisman won each of his 19 faceoff attempts and scooped up a game-high 12 ground balls.
Mike Moorehead made 14 saves in goal for the Falcons but fell to 8-7 on the season. The Saints held a 65-18 advantage in shots and 50-21 lead in ground balls.
The loss brings to a close the careers of: Cole Sheen, Matt Michaeli, Derek Thomas, Matt Palmer, and Terry McKinney. Despite losing to the defending National Champs, Pfeiffer posts their sixth straight season above .500.