March 12, 2011

No. 3 Limestone Sheds No. 7 Mars Hill

from press release

MARS Hill, N.C.
- Junior midfielder Mason Mundell's (Severna, Park, Md.) unassisted goal with 2:32 left in the opening quarter broke a 2-2 tie and sparked a 6-0 run over the next 6:06 of the contest, one that the Saints would lead by as many as seven goals (10-3 half), yet No.3 Limestone had to hang on for a key, 13-11, victory at NCAA Division II South Region foe and seventh-ranked Mars Hill on Saturday, March 12.

Limestone moves to 5-0 overall including 4-0 in the region while the Lions drop to 4-2 and 3-1 in the region.

Limestone led 11-5 after three quarters but saw the advantage trimmed down to 11-9 near the midpoint on the fourth. Sophomore attack Tyler Baker (Petersborough, Ontario) pushed the Saints lead back to three at 12-9 with 7:18 left depositing a feed into the back on the net in a man-up situation from junior Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) who would add an insurance tally exactly two minutes later on an unassisted goal for a 13-9 cushion (5:18). However, Mars Hill kept the pressure on with a couple of late goals, the first at the 3:27 mark getting to within 13-10. Then after a Lions goal with only 0:31 left, Saints senior midfielder Brian Zwick (Dublin, Oh.) won the ensuing faceoff to seal the game. Zwick finished with a team best six groundballs and added two goals.

Jackson finished with a game high five points combining three assists with a pair of goals. He was one of six Saints, including Zwick, to score a pair of goals each in Saturday's win with the others senior attackmen Jeff Santo (Timonium, Md.), Thomas Langan (Potomac, Md.), junior attack Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia) and sophomore attack Tyler Baker (Petersborough, Ontario).

Defensively, senior Spencer Wims (Waltham, Mass.) was credited with a trio of caused turnovers while freshman defender Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) had five groundballs.

Junior goalie Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) had eight saves including stops with 1:52 and 0:54 remaining in the contest.

Limestone held the advantage in shots at 36-31 while Mars Hill held a 31-30 edge in groundballs. Limestone was 17-20 in clears while the Lions were 20-21.

The Saints were 2-7 while man-up and yielded on two goals in eight man-down situations.

Limestone returns to action on Wednesday, March 16 at Wingate in yet another key non-conference but South Region showdown with the opening faceoff at 8:00 p.m.

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