No. 2 Limestone Wipes Out Belmont Abbey
from press release
GAFFNEY, S.C. - Sophomore attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) erupted for a game high eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) and No.2 Limestone scored the final 11 goals of the contest in route to a 19-4 win over Conference Carolinas rival Belmont Abbey on Saturday, March, 19. It was not only the Saints' 2011 home opener "The Rock" but also the home debut for first year head coach J.B. Clarke.
Saturday's win, on a sun splashed day with temperatures pushing 80 degrees, moved the Saints to 7-0 overall, 2-0 in the Conference and 6-0 in NCAA Division II South region action. Belmont Abbey falls to 3-5 and 0-3 in the Conference.
Loewen, who was one of 11 Limestone goal scorers in the contest and tallied three of his five goals in the second half as the Saints scored the final 11 goals of the contest after Belmont Abbey had gotten the third periods first goals to pull within 8-4.
Attackmen Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) and Jeff Santo (Timonium, Md.) also had big games combining for nine points. Both had a pair of goals while Jackson, a junior, added three assists and Santo, a senior, had a pair of helpers and were three of the seven that had multiple point outings. Senior attack Thomas Langan (Potomac, Md.) and junior midfielder Desi Gonzalez (Massapequa, N.Y.) each two goals while sophomore attack Tyler Baker (Peterborough, Onatrio) and fellow sophomore Joshua Willams (Davidsonville, Md.) had a goal and an assist. Limestone held a 46-26 edge in shots including a 29-14 margin in shots on goal.
Defensively the Saints pressure generated 14 caused turnovers, four forced by junior defenseman Brian Hogan (West Islip, N.Y.) that among the 23 that the Crusaders had on the day.
Saints junior goalie Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) had eight saves (4 goals against) on the afternoon in 54:37 of action.
Limestone held the advantage in ground balls at 37-24 led by senior midfielder Brian Zwick (Dublin, Oh.) who had a contest best nine and was 11-of-17 at the center "x".
While the Saints successfully cleared 17-of-18 attempts, Belmont Abbey converted 13-of-19.
Limestone returns to action on Wednesday, March 23 playing hosting to Conference Carolinas and South Region foe St. Andrews Presbyterian College with the opening face-off scheduled for 4 p.m. at "The Rock".
The 2011 season is the 22nd year of competition for the Limestone men's lacrosse team which currently sports, an all-time record of 215-85. The Saints hold an all-time scoring advantage against their foes of 4,290-2,560.