Limestone wins regular-season finale
DII's top team ties school record for most victories in year
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Limestone attackmen Shayne Jackson and Riley Loewen totaled nine points each, scoring five goals while adding four assists apiece, in leading the No. 1 Saints to a 19-3 victory against No.11 Catawba on Saturday.
The Saints close out the regular campaign at 15-1 tying the program's single-season record for wins equaling the 2004 and ’05 teams while also extending their South Region win streak to 32 games in the process. Catawba finishes 12-4 overall.
Jackson, a junior and Loewen, a sophomore, connected for six goals. Jackson, a 2011 Tewaaraton Award final 25 nominee, assisted on four of Loewen’s five goals while Loewen assisted on a pair of Jackson’s tallies.
Junior midfielder Jackson Decker scored twice and added one assist while seniors Thomas Langan, Jeff Santo and Brian Patridge all scored. Langan, a midfielder, had a goal and assist while Santo, an attack and Patridge, a midfielder, had one goal each. Randy Waugh and Desi Gonzalez both juniors, had one goal as did freshman attack Todd Nakasuji while sophomore attack Todd Kozak had an assist.
Senior midfielder Brian Zwick , who had a goal, won 17 of 22 face-offs and corralled a season high 14 ground balls. Midfielders Sam Buppert, a senior, along with junior Joshua Williams, who had one assist, each captured three ground balls as the Saints finished with a 47-21 advantage in that category.
Limestone also controlled possession outshooting Catawba 58-15, holding the Indians without a shot for the final 11:16 of the first period and to one attempt in the third quarter.
Freshman defenseman Anthony Starnino had a game best three caused turnovers. He along with fellow defenders Steven Sauser, Josh Wharton and Brian Hogan all juniors and senior Spencer Wims combined to hold the Indians top three scorers to one assist and six shots combined. Seniors Ken Kerr and Jeff Conover also aided in the defensive effort with Kerr grabbing a ground ball as well.
Saints junior goalie Steve Gartelman, one of three to see action between the pipes, stopped three shots including two within the games first 1:16 and yielded one goal in 49:11 of action in improving to 15-1. Freshman Steven Christofides and senior Remington Steele each saw action.
Senior James Regan, a midfielder, also contributed for a Limestone team that was 16-of-17 on clears while Catawba was 15-of-22.
Catawba starting junior goalie Michael Pecchia yielded 19 goals and stopped as many shots including nine in the third period with sophomore Christian Klimczyk playing the final :49 of the contest and made three saves.