Decker MVP, Limestone wins tourney
Jackson's 44 assists this season a new school record
Charlotte, N.C. -- Goalie Steve Gartelman made six of his season-high 14 saves in the fourth quarter, where Limestone outscored 11th-ranked Pfeiffer 4-0, en route to a 10-5 victory against the Falcons to capture the 2011 Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship on Sunday.
The Saints (14-0, 5-0 CC, 13-0 SR) and first year head coach J.B. Clarke, captured a Conference Tournament Championship for the third consecutive season and 12th time in the last 13 years.
Midfielder Thomas Langan scored the second of his three goals at the 8:26 mark of the third period, giving Limestone a 6-5 lead that would not be relinquished.
Meanwhile, Gartelman yielded only one goal and made eight saves in the second half to earn his 14th win of the season.
Jackson Decker and Shayne Jackson each scored two goals and two assists, totaling nine points apiece in the two games. Decker, who totaled three goals and six assists, was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Conference Carolinas Championships while Jackson, who finished with five goals and four assists, earned All-Tournament honors.
In addition, Jackson enjoyed a record-breaking day on Sunday. His assist on Decker’s first goal at the 10:26 mark of the second quarter, his second assist of the day, was his 44th this season. That broke the Limestone single-season record of 43 assists Gavin Higgins set in 1997.
Attacker Riley Loewen scored a goal on Sunday. Loewen finished with five in two games to earn All-Tournament accolades. Midfielders Desi Gonzalez and Joshua Williams each scored one goal.
Attack Jeff Santo and midfielder Sam Buppert each had one assist. Senior defenseman Spencer Wims, who earned All-Tournament honors, was the key to a stifling unit that yielded only one Pfeiffer (10-5, 2-2 CC, 7-4 SR) goal through the final 19:34 of the game.
Limestone outshot the Falcons 38-to-31, while Pfeiffer scooped up 23 ground balls to the Saints’ 20. Pfeiffer also won 11 of the 19 face-offs.
Justin Rose led the Falcons with two goals. Billy Rawson won all 11 face-offs for Pfeiffer. Hayden Kirk took the loss in goal after getting 16 stops.