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Limestone, Le Moyne Set to Renew Rivalry

from press release

GAFFNEY, S.C. – No. 4 Limestone College men's lacrosse squares off against No.2 Le Moyne on Sunday, March 6 in a rematch of a 2010 NCAA Division II national semifinal game. The Saints and Dolphins will hit the field at Georgetown Prep (Washington, D.C.) at 12 p.m.

Team Capsules
Limestone College

2011 Record: 3-0, 1-0
2010 Record: 12-2, 5-0 (Conference Carolinas)
No. 4 Limestone has started fast in 2010, outscoring its first three opponents (Lees-McRae, Florida Southern and Rollins) by a combined 73-18, including 45-8 in the first half and 24-3 in the second quarter. The Saints have had 25 players score a goal while a total of 30 have tallied at least one point.

Junior attack Shayne Jackson, named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week after totaling 13 points (4g, 9a) last weekend at Florida Southern and Rollins, leads the team with 20 points (5g, 15a) for an average of 6.6 points. Of his 15 assists, Jackson has sent feeds to eight different goal scorers. One of those is sophomore attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) who scored four goals in each of the first three games and has a shot on goal percentage of .778. He added three assists and ranks second on the team with 15 points.

Senior attackmen Thomas Langan (Potomac, Md.) and Jeff Santo (Timonium, Md.) are tied for second on the team with seven goals apiece and each have added an assist. Junior midfielder Randy Waugh (Severna Park, Md.) and senior midfielder Sam Buppert (Eldersburg, Md.) have 11 and 10 groundballs, respectively.

In goal, junior Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) has started all three games, totaling 20 saves, a .690 save percentage and a 4.46 goals against average.

Limestone has cleared at a rate of .887 percent as compared to their opponents, who are being held to a .575 mark.

The Saints have a .715 shot on goal percentage as compared to .575 for their opponents.

Le Moyne College

2011: 1-0, 0-0
2010: 15-2, 10-0 (Northeast-10 Conference)
Le Moyne, which ended the 2010 season with a 15-2 record and its fifth consecutive appearance in the National Championship Game, returns 23 letter-winners and six starters from last season. Four players earned Preseason All-America honors from Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook. Senior attackmen Jack Harmatuk and Jack Venditti and senior midfielders Matt Chadderdon and Corey Bulken were all named to the publication's first-team.

The Dolphins opened their season last weekend with a 13-6 decision over now No.10 Seton Hill. Senior attackman Vinnie Alexander registered a career best eight points (3g, 5a) while freshman midfielder Andrew Chadderdon totaled six points (3g, 3a). For their effort in that season opening win, Alexander was named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week while Chadderon was the league's Rookie of the Week.

Le Moyne was successful on 13-of-15 clear attempts in that game while Seton Hill converted 17-of-18. The home standing Dolphins also held the advantage in groundballs at 28-20.

A recap of the 2010 meetings
The Saints tasted defeat twice in 14 games last season, both at the hands of Le Moyne.

No. 2 Le Moyne 8, No. 5 Limestone 6 (Regular Season)
In the regular season meeting, No. 5 Limestone outscored No. 2 Le Moyne 3-0 in the fourth quarter but it was not enough as the Saints fell to the Dolphins 8-6 in a showdown of NCAA Division II powers in Severna Park, Maryland.

Limestone, down 5-0 in the second quarter, got on the board with 1:41 remaining in the half on a goal by Jake Rogalia (Liverpool, N.Y.) assisted by Riley Loewen. The Saints added a quick goal as they took the ensuing face-off with Jeff Santo (Timonium, Md.) finding the back of the net off an assist from Mike Poerstel (Annapolis, MD). That score pulled Limestone within 5-2, however, the Dolphins answered back as they tallied a score with only 0:22 remaining in the half and led 6-2 at the intermission.

Limestone would pull within three goals for the second time on the day, this time at the 8:40 mark of the third quarter, when Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British, Columbia) zipped in a shot for the first of his two goals. With the lead at 6-3, LeMoyne responded by adding goals at 4:34 and 4:24 to push their advantage to 8-3 at the end of three quarters.

The Saints tallied the first of their three scores in the fourth quarter with 7:40 to play when Poerstel took a pass from Decker and deposited it into the net to close to within 8-4. In the final minute the Saints would get goals from Loewen at the 0:30 mark and Decker as time expired to reach the final margin of 8-6.

Limestone goalie Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) came up with 10 saves on the day.

As a team, Limestone was 16-for-19 on clears and 9-of-18 on face-offs. Le Moyne held a 35-24 advantage in shots and a 23-18 edge in ground balls while turning the ball over eight times as compared the Saints' 14.

No. 3 Le Moyne 11, No. 5 Limestone 7 (NCAA National Semifinal)

In the postseason clash in Syracuse, N.Y., No.5 Limestone scored the first two and last two goals of its NCAA Division II semifinal showdown at No.3 Le Moyne, but the home standing Dolphins outscored the Saints 7-3 in the second and third quarters combined and got eight fourth quarter saves in the crease en route to an 11-7 win.

Limestone's Riley Loewen and Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia) scored two goals apiece on a total of nine shots to lead the Saints. Loewen's first score, of the man-up variety and assisted by senior Mike Poerstel (Annapolis, MD), came with 12:47 left in the first quarter and gave the Saints a 1-0 lead. Senior Jake Rogalia (Liverpool, N.Y.) would push the advantage to 2-0 with an unassisted goal 1:02 later.

However, Le Moyne would not only record the final two goals of the quarter to pull even through the first 15 minutes but would take the lead 14 seconds into the second quarter. That unassisted goal gave them a 3-2 lead and they would never be equaled the rest of the contest. Limestone trailed by as many as two goals three times in the second period and twice got back within one thanks to goals from Loewen at 12:56 (4-3) and Poerstel with 2:42 to play (5-4) in the period. The Dolphins would push back to a two-goal margin, scoring with only 16 seconds remaining in the opening half and led 6-4 at the break.

Le Moyne pushed its lead to 8-4 as they scored the first two goals of the third period before Decker found the back of the net at the 3:53 mark. That pulled Limestone within three at 8-5 but that would be as close as they would get as the Dolphins would score the next three goals, carrying over into the fourth quarter, to build an 11-5 advantage. The Saints attempted to mount a rally with goals from Sam Buppert and Decker with 4:37 and 1:26 left in the game, respectively, but it would not be enough as Le Moyne prevailed 11-7.

Le Moyne sophomore keeper Mike Krupka made eight of his 15 saves (22 shots faced) in the fourth quarter while Saints goalie Steve Gartelman made nine saves on the day, facing 20 shots. Limestone held the advantage in overall shots at 38-36.

The Saints held the margin in ground balls at 30-29 with Rogalia corralling a game-high tying five while senior Teddy Prager (Seaford, N.Y.), Buppert and Poerstel each had three ground balls. Senior Sean Bennett (East Moriches, N.Y.) went 13-for-20 at the center "x" where the Saints were 13-of-21 as a team.

Limestone was 14-for-18 on its clear attempts while Le Moyne was 16-of-23. The Saints led in extra man opportunities by a 1-for-7 margin while holding the Dolphins 0-for-4. Limestone had 20 turnovers while forcing 19.

Series History

The Saints and Dolphins have met nine times, including four in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Le Moyne leads the series 8-1 with Limestone's lone victory coming in the 2005 national semifinals. That game was in Syracuse with the Saints pulling out a 9-8. Among the program's high profile meetings was the 2004 National Championship game in which Limestone lost an overtime heartbreaker, 11-10.

Notes

The 2011 season is the 22nd year of competition for the Limestone men's lacrosse team which currently sports, including the season, an all-time record of 211-85. The Saints hold an all-time scoring advantage against their foes of 4,231-2,532.


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