Lions Unable to Upset Fifth-Ranked Limestone in Season Opener, 10-5
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Despite trailing by one at the beginning of the third quarter, 4-3, the Saint Leo men's lacrosse team was unable to upset fifth-ranked Limestone College, falling to the Saints by a final score of 10-5 on Sunday afternoon from the Spartanburg High School Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. The Loss opens the Lions' 2014 campaign with a mark of 0-1, while Limestone advances to 3-0 on its young season.
Seniors Matt Obermeyer and Tom Horn led the Lions on the day, scoring two goals apiece, while Obermeyer tacked on an assist for a team best three points. Michael Mastracchio added a goal of his own, while Chad Marino and Ryan Burke contributed to the scoring efforts with an assist each to wrap up the day.
Limestone saw a game high goal total from Todd Nakasuji, who scored three of the Saints' 10 goals. Mike Messenger and Joshua Williams scored two goals each, while Messenger contributed two assists for a game best four points.
The game opened up with two unanswered goals from the Saints in the first quarter, and another to open the second stanza. But the Lions answered back with a goal from Horn at the 9:11 mark to set the score at 3-1. Nakasuji fired an unassisted shot between the pipes five minutes later to pull Limestone ahead to a 4-1 lead, but with two second left before the break, Marino connected a pass to Obermeyer to notched his first goal of the day for a 4-2 tally at the half.
Mastracchio opened the third period with a goal at the 13:12 mark off of an assist from Obermeyer to pull the Lions to within one, 4-3, but Limestone scored two more to set the score at 6-3 entering into the final quarter.
The Saints tacked on two more, extending their advantage to 8-3 with 12:40 left in the game, but a goal from Horn off of an assist from Burke pulled the Green and Gold back to within four, 8-4, with 7:36 on the clock. Despite the Lions' best defensive efforts, the Saints scored their ninth goal 32 seconds later, and added one more at the 5:54 mark to pull ahead 10-4.
Obermeyer closed out the day with an unassisted goal at the 4:10 mark, but the Lions were unable to capitalize on their offensive opportunities for the remainder of the game.
Sophomore Dave Moore earned 15 saves on the day, including six in the first quarter and five in the final period, while Limestone earned 14 saves. Moore faced a total of 42 shots, and 25 shots on target, while Patrick Sheridan for Limestone saw 26 shots and 19 on frame.
The Lions earned 33 ground balls, including six from Moore, and four apiece from Paul Aramanda and Kevin Hutchinson. Saint Leo was successful on 11-of-16 clear attempts, but were thwarted at the faceoff-x, winning just 3-of-18 attempts.
The Lions return to action on Tuesday, February 18, when they take on Shorter University in Rome, Ga. Game time against the Hawks is slated for 3 p.m.
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