LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/27/12
Dowling used a 4-0 surge to open the fourth period in downing Limestone, 11-10, today for the NCAA men’s Division II National championship at Gillette Stadium at Foxborough, Mass.
Vito DeMola (four goals) had two goals in the spurt while Billy Richardson and Danny Abbene scored once as the Lions (13-2) turned a 7-6 third-period deficit into a 10-7 lead.
Appearing in its seventh Division II National Championship Game, No. 3 Limestone (17-2) recovered from an early 4-0 deficit to take the lead but could not withstand the fourth quarter charge.
Junior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) broke up that 4-0 run in the final period with a score at 6:19 to close to within two but Dowling answered back less than a minute later with a goal by DeMola, making it 11-8.
Limestone’s defense stepped to the forefront as it locked in and prevented any further scores, allowing the offense to gain a foothold. Senior midfielder Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) rifled the Saints ninth score of the game at 4:16 and sophomore defenseman Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) brought them to within one on a goal that surprised Dowling keeper Ryan Dougherty at the 1:39 mark.
Junior faceoff specialist and Conference Carolinas Player of the Year Jake Ternosky (LaFayette, N.Y.) then won a huge faceoff to begin the ensuing possession, giving Limestone’s offense a chance to tie it. Following a timeout by the Saints, senior attack Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada) picked up a groundball and, in the course of 11 seconds, ripped a pair of shots that kept the Golden Lions defense guessing. After the second, Loewen grabbed the rebound and blistered a point blank attempt that was handled by Dougherty, giving Dowling the 11-10 victory and the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship.