Spillett's 7th goal lifts Le Moyne to Div. II title

Limestone falls 2 seconds shy in double-OT 11-10 loss

May 31, 2004|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Le Moyne's Brandon Spillett produced countless great plays during his team's 11-10 double-overtime win over Limestone for the Division II championship, but the junior attacker wouldn't go as far as to say he had owned opposing defender Clint Pitts.

"I didn't feel that way on that first possession," Spillett said yesterday, recounting a near-record day that gave the Syracuse, N.Y., school its first title in any sport. "I was stripped clean."

Perhaps it's humility. Spillett had already scored five goals for the Dolphins (16-0) before he took the ball from the right corner and juked past Pitts to put his team into overtime with two seconds left in regulation. Then, Spillett victimized the same defender with another dodge to score his seventh goal 44 seconds into the sixth period to end the third overtime title game in Division II history.

"I was just hoping not to have the same thing that happened the first time I had it," he said. "But there's not much time to think. You just have to go to the goal."

Just as Spillett's performance - one goal shy of the title game record -sprang from inauspicious beginnings, the same probably goes for the game itself. After a slow start in which extra-man penalties accounted for the two goals in the first period, the second half gave a healthy helping of tension to those at M&T Bank Stadium.

"Someone said to me this week that they read on a message board that the Le Moyne-Limestone game would be the best game of the week," Le Moyne coach Dan Sheehan said of the battle that included five lead changes and eight ties. "As of right now, I think you'd have a tough time arguing [with] that."

Limestone (15-2), with 23 Marylanders on its roster, seemed poised to gain the Gaffney, S.C., school's third lacrosse title - following triumphs in 2000 and 2002 - when it went ahead on Jason Randolph's third score of the contest with 1:11 remaining in the game.

Even with Chris Barrett giving the advantage to the Dolphins after being called for a celebration penalty, Limestone regained the ball with 20 seconds left after an errant shot by Matt Holdridge.

But the Saints' Roger Vyse lost the ball while restarting play, giving Le Moyne the ball with nine seconds left to go, meaning another opportunity for Spillett.

"You can't say that the game is over," said Randolph, a Broadneck alum. "I thought the score pumped us up. But Spillett had a great game and couldn't be stopped."

Limestone 1 2 4 3 0 0 - 10

Le Moyne 1 3 3 3 0 1 - 11

Goals: Li-Randolph 3, Vyse 3, Wooster, Cardiff, Woody, Heaverner; Le-Spillett 7, Trowbridge, Reichel, Sullivan, Street. Assists: Li-Barrett, Randolph, Waite, Wooster; Le-Rosecrane 2, Trowbridge 2, Holdridge, Spillett. Saves: Li-Gray 8; Le-Corcoran 15.

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