February 29, 2012

Loewen, Limestone Beat Lenoir-Rhyne

from press release

–Limestone men's lacrosse got five goals from junior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) and four more from senior midfielder Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia) as the nationally third-Saints posted a 15-4 win at Lenoir-Rhyne in a NCAA Division II South Region non-conference showdown on Wednesday, February 19 in Hickory, N.C. The win moved Limestone to 4-0 on and extends the Saints' in region win streak to 36 consecutive games while the Bears dropped to 0-4.

Loewen staked the Saints to an early 1-0 advantage 1:15 into the game and would score Limestone's first three goals in route to a 4-0 lead after the opening period. Senior attack and 2012 Tewaaraton Award nominee Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) extended the lead to 5-0 with a goal 1:03 into the second period. In all Limestone scored the contests first nine goals before Lenoir-Rhyne's Connor Squires got the Bears on the board with one minute left in the opening half.

Limestone built up a 15-2 advantage over the first three quarters outshooting Lenoir-Rhyne 38-13 in the process.

Loewen and Decker were among the seven different goal scorers for the Saints who had 11 score at least one point. Other multiple point games were recorded by a trio of midfielders in junior Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia), who had a pair goals and one assist while fellow classmate Corey Rich (Sacramento, Calif.) scored a goal adding two helpers and senior Desi Gonzalez (Massapequa, N.Y.) and junior Joshua Williams (Davidsonville, Md.) each assisted on two goals.

Gonzalez also had a team tying best four ground balls as did sophomore defenseman Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.).

In goal senior Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) improved to 4-0 making five saves with two goals against on 15 shots faced over his three periods of action while junior Dustyn Lyons (Hood River, Ore.) manned the pipes in the fourth making four saves with two goals against facing 16 shots.

Limestone also cleared on 26 of its 28 attempts.

Limestone returns to action on Saturday, March 3 hosting in-region rival Saint Leo for a non-conference grudge match at "The Rock" with the opening face-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

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