No. 3 Limestone Blasts No. 11 Catawba
from press release
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Limestone attackmen Shayne Jackson (Bowanville, Ontario) and Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) totaled nine points each, scoring five goals while adding four assists apiece, in leading the No.4 Saints to a 19-3 win over No.11 Catawba in a NCAA Division II South Region clash and showdown of Conference Tournament Champions on Senior Day at "The Rock" on Saturday, April 30.
The Saints close out the regular campaign at 15-1 tying the program single season record for wins equaling the 2004 and '05 teams while also extending their South Region win streak to 32 games in the process. Catawba finishes 12-4 overall.
Jackson, a junior and Loewen, a sophomore, connected for six goals. Jackson, a 2011 Tewaaraton Award final 25 nominee, assisted on four of Loewen's five goals while Loewen assisted on a pair of Jackson's tallies.
Junior midfielder Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia) scored twice and added one assist while seniors Thomas Langan (Potomac, Md.), Jeff Santo (Timonium, Md.) and Brian Patridge (Columbus, Oh.) all scored. Langan, a midfielder, had a goal and assist while Santo, an attack and Patridge, a midfielder, had one goal each. Randy Waugh (Pasadena, Md.) and Desi Gonzalez (Massapequa, N.Y.) both juniors, had one goal as did freshman attack Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario) while sophomore attack Todd Kozak (Mississiaugua, Ontario) had an assist.
Senior midfielder Brian Zwick (Dublin, Ohio), who had a goal, won 17 of 22 face-offs and corralled a season high 14 ground balls. Midfielders Sam Buppert (Eldersburg, Md.), a senior, along with junior Joshua Williams, who had one assist, each captured three ground balls as the Saints finished with a 47-21 advantage in that category.
Limestone also controlled possession outshooting Catawba 58-15, holding the Indians without a shot for the final 11:16 of the first period and to one attempt in the third quarter.
Freshman defenseman Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) had a game best three caused turnovers. He along with fellow defenders Steven Sauser (Pasadena, Md.), Josh Wharton (Pasadena, Md.) and Brian Hogan (West Islip, N.Y.), all juniors and senior Spencer Wims (Waltham, Mass.), combined to hold the Indians top three scorers to one assist and six shots combined. Seniors Ken Kerr (Pasadena, Md.) and Jeff Conover (Hailey, Idaho) also aided in the defensive effort with Kerr grabbing a ground ball as well.
Saints junior goalie Steve Gartelman, one of three to see action between the pipes, stopped three shots including two within the games first 1:16 and yielded one goal in 49:11 of action in improving to 15-1. Freshman Steven Christofides (Center Moriches, N.Y.) and senior Remington Steele (Dallas, Tx.) each saw action.
Senior James Regan (Howard County, Md.), a midfielder, also contributed for a Limestone team that was 16-of-17 on clears while Catawba was 15-of-22.
Catawba starting junior goalie Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam, British Columbia) yielded 19 goals and stopped as many shots including nine in the third period with sophomore Christian Klimczyk (Linthicum, Md.) playing the final :49 of the contest and made three saves.
Limestone, the No.1 team in the NCAA Division II Rankings, will learn its postseason fate on May 8, "Selection Sunday", at 6 p.m., when the Division II National Championship field will be announced. Limestone seeks its 12 consecutive bid.
Notes: Prior to Saturday's game Limestone recognized its 10 seniors Remington Steele (Dallas, Tx.), Jeff Santo (Timonium, Md.), Sam Buppert (Eldersburg, Md.), Brian Patridge (Columbus, Oh.), James Regan (Howard, County, Md.), Spencer Wims (Waltham, Mass.), Brian Zwick (Dublin, Oh.), Ken Kerr (Pasadena, Md.), Jeff Conover (Hailey, Idaho) and Thomas Langan (Potomac, Md.) for their contributions to the men's lacrosse program.
This senior class has combined to capture four Conference Carolinas Tournament Championships over five years, three consecutive regular season crowns in as many seasons that the league has recognized such and extended Limestone's string of 11 consecutive NCAA Division II postseason appearances.
During this time, they have posted an overall record of 62-11 for an incredible .849 winning percentage. That record includes a 62-7 mark and .890 winning percentage in regular season action, a 23-1 record in regular season conference games and a sterling 27-2 mark at "The Rock". This season, Limestone has shown the form that has made them a national power. Earlier this year the Saints had an impressive four-week run as the No. 1 ranked team in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division II Poll. This marked the first time since 2004 that Limestone had reached No. 1 in the Country and the first time in this groups collective career. Three times during that stretch, Limestone was the unanimous No. 1 and was the only team in Division II with that distinction this season.