April 7, 2012

Mars Hill Can't Solve Gartelman, Limestone Wins

from press release

GAFFNEY, S.C. – No.5 Limestone outscored No.9 Mars Hill 12-0 over a 36:14 stretch overcoming a one goal first quarter deficit in route to posting a 15-5 win over the Lions in a non-conference yet crucial NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse South Region showdown at “The Rock” on Saturday, March 7.  Saints senior goalie Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) made 17 saves while fellow classmate and midfielder Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia) scored four goals, while junior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) had a six point day.

 Limestone improved to 11-1 overall and in the process extended their NCAA Division II South Region win streak to 44 games which includes an 11-0 mark on the season while the Lions dropped to 11-2 both overall and within region action.

The first of Decker's goals proved to be the game winner with 1:48 left in the opening period taking a feed from junior midfielder Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia) to break a 2-2 tie and give the Saints a one goal lead, less than a minute after Loewen scored the first of his three goals to tie the game.

With the Saints up 3-2 after one quarter, Decker would follow with a man-up tally 2:47 into the second quarter depositing a pass from Loewen, who had three assists on the day, extending the Saints' advantage to 4-2 with Limestone thriving from then on outscoring Mars Hill 5-0 the remainder of the period to grab a 9-2 advantage at the intermission.

In that pivotal second quarter of action, Limestone held a 15-3 edge in both shots and ground balls while winning all six face-off attempts.

Decker and Loewen were two of the five Saints who had multiple point games.  Senior attack and 2012 Tewaaraton Award Nominee Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) took advantage of the defense was willing to give with two goals and as many assists while junior midfielder Zach Cummings (Crownsville, Md.) added two goals and senior midfielder Desi Gonzalez (Massapequa, N.Y.) had both a goal and assist.

Between the pipes, Gartelman after yielding a first period goals to T.J. Cowx, who led the Lions with two goals and two assists, the last with 7:41 remaining, would then not allow another until 0:44 remained in the third period when Jimmy McBride worked off a Cowx pass, snapping a span of 36:14 of shut out play.  Gartelman, who faced 22 shots-on-goal, is now 11-2 on the season.  Mars Hill keeper Dylan Price made 14 saves (15 GAA) in falling to 11-2.

At the “X” junior Jake Ternosky (LaFayetter, N.Y.) won 12-of-17 attempts corralling four ground balls while sophomore defenseman Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) scooped up seven balls off the field and caused two turnovers as did fellow defensemen and sophomore Glenn Trovato (Smithtown, N.Y.).

Limestone cleared on 20-of-21 attempts, while the Lions did so on 18 of their 21.

The Saints scored once in a man-up situation (four attempts) while Mars Hill was 0-for-2.  The Saints also won the ground balls category 47-27.

Limestone returns to action on Saturday, April 14 hosting Conference Carolinas and rival Pfeiffer at “The Rock” where the opening face-off is slated for 1 p.m.  The Saints, winners of 23 consecutive league games and the Falcons are tied atop the standings, each 4-0, with the winner earning the No.1 for the Conference tournament later this month.  Limestone has captured 23 consecutive conference contests.

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