Nine Limestone earn honors
Jackson, Loewen named Co-Players for the Year
GAFFNEY, S.C. — Top-ranked Limestone College men’s lacrosse has placed nine standouts on the 2011 Conference Carolinas All-Conference Men’s Lacrosse Team as announced by the league office. The voting was conducted among the Conference’s six head coaches.
Attackmen Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) and Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) were named the Conference’s Co-Players of the Year. It marks the second time in as many seasons that Limestone has the Player of the Year with Mike Poerstel taking honors in 2010 while current Saints assistant coach Brendan Storrier earned the accolade in 2008.
Joining Jackson and Loewen on the First-Team are midfielder Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia) and defenseman Spencer Wims (Waltham, Mass.). Second-Team All-Conference honors went to midfielders Thomas Langan (Potomac, Md.) and Sam Buppert (Eldersburg, Md.) in addition to defenseman Brian Hogan (Port Moody, British Columbia) while goalie Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) and attack Tyler Baker (Peterborough, Ontario) were named to the Third-Team.
The nine selections for the 2011 regular season champions were the most of any Conference Carolinas men’s lacrosse member.
Jackson, a junior and Loewen, a sophomore, are the catalysts of a balanced yet potent offense. In fact, the dynamic duo leads NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse in three categories. Jackson leads in both points per game (5.08) and assists per game (3.33) while Loewen, who earned second-team honors a year ago, is setting the pace in goals per game (3.58) and is third in points per game (4.92). Jackson also has a team best 61 points off of 40 assists and 21 goals. He is three assists from tying the program’s single season record that has been in place since 1997 (Gavin Higgins, 43). Loewen leads the team with 43 goals, coming on 52 shots-on-goal, with 16 assists for 59 points.
Decker, a junior, leads a deep midfield unit averaging 1.91 points per game and has contributed 15 goals and eight assists on the season. He is also averaging 2.2 points within Conference action thanks to six goals and five assists.
Wims, a senior and now three-time honoree combining First-Team honors in 2009 and Second-Team accolades in ‘08, anchors the Saints defense as the "shut down defender" for a unit yielding only 5.58 goals per game. That includes an average of 4.60 goals, 23 total, in Conference games. He also keys a backline that has held the opponents top three season scorers that saw action to a combined 14 points total (12 g, 2a) over the last seven games. In addition, he is part of a defense that has thrived in man-down situations as they have held their opponent scoreless 46 of 53 times (.863) which ranks third in Division II.
Langan, a senior who was a medical redshirt last season after garnering Second-Team honors in 2009, is the Saints’ second leading goal scorer with 22. He has scored those on 24 shots-on-goal, including three in man-up situations to total 24 points overall (2.0). Over the five game league slate, he scored 10 points (2.0) and registered nine goals on 10 total shots-on-goal.
Buppert, a senior, has scored 15 points, including seven goals, while assisting on eight additional goals and grabbing 32 ground balls (2.66 per game). He has also generated nine caused turnovers. Within Conference play he scored 11 points (2.20) thanks to four goals and seven assists and added 12 ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Hogan, a junior, is a driving force behind a defense that has held the opponents to a .212 shot percentage, including .204 in league action. He is currently tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with 13.
Gartelman, a junior who stopped 11 of 15 shots on goal in Limestone’s Conference title clinching 9-4 win at now No. 11 Pfeiffer on Saturday, April 9, ranks third in Division II in goals-against average at 5.54. Currently 12-0 on the season, he has recorded 81 saves on the 248 shots faced for a .618 save percentage. Within conference action he posted a 4.06 GAA, as well as a .674 save percentage.
Baker, a sophomore, leads Division II’s EMO unit (.471) with seven man-up goals, tying the Saints’ single season program in the process and has 20 goals along with six assists.
Limestone at 12-0 is the lone remaining unbeaten in Division II and currently leads all divisions of NCAA Men’s Lacrosse in both scoring offense (19.17 ppg.) and scoring margin (13.38) while topping Division II in assists per game (11.83), points per game (31.0) and man-up offense (.477).
Next up for Limestone is the Conference Carolinas Men’s Lacrosse Tournament hosted by Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) at the Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park in Charlotte, N.C. The Saints will go against fourth-seeded Belmont Abbey (5-6, 2-3) in the 3 p.m. semifinal on Friday, April 15. The other semifinal pits host and second-seeded Queens (7-4, 3-2) against third-seeded Pfeiffer (2-2, 9-4). Winners will meet for the title on Sunday, April 17.