April 15, 2011

Limestone Beats Abbey, Play for CC Title

from press release

– Sophomore attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) scored all four his goals in the second half, three in the quarter, including the game winner with 5:07 left in the period finishing off a feed from junior attack Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario), to lead top-ranked Limestone (13-0) past fourth-seeded Belmont Abbey, 15-9, in the semifinals of the 2011 Conference Carolinas Men's Lacrosse Championships on Friday, April 15 at the Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park in Charlotte, N.C.

The Saints advance to Sunday's 4 p.m. title game and will face the winner of Friday's second semifinal as second-seeded Queens University of Charlotte hosts third-seeded Pfeiffer.

Jackson along with junior midfielder Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia) each finished with a game five point. Jackson on three goals and two assists while Decker had a game high four assists and one goal in a contest that had two lead changes and four ties.

Loewen, Jackson and Decker were among the seven Saints that had multiple point games. Senior Thomas Langan (Potomac, Md.) and junior Desi Gonzalez (Massapequa, N.Y.), both midfielders, along with senior attack Jeff Santo (Timonium, Md.) had two goals apiece while sophomore midfielder Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia) scored a goal and assisted on another. Randy Waugh (Severna Park, Md.), a junior midfielder, added an assist.

Limestone held a 35-32 advantage in shots including11-7 in a fourth quarter in which the Saints outscored the Crusaders 6-2.

The Saints held a 26-16 margin in ground balls headed up by senior midfielder Brian Zwick (Dublin, Oh.), who had a game high nine.

Limestone also cleared on all 14 of its attempts while Belmont Abbey was 11 of 14.

The Saints with Friday's win moved to 13-0 overall on the season including 12-0 against fellow NCAA Division II South Region foes.

Live stats and live video will be available for Sunday's title game.

The 2011 season is the 22nd year of competition for the Limestone men's lacrosse team which currently sports an all-time record of 221-85. The Saints hold an all-time scoring advantage against their foes of 4,393-2,570. The Saints have advanced to the NCAA Men's Division II Tournament each of the previous 11 seasons reaching the title game six consecutive years from 2000-'05 winning championships 2000 and 2002.

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