No. 2 Limestone Routs Wingate to Win 6th Straight

Wingate, N.C.--Limestone College bolted to a 6-0 lead and never looked back, collecting a 16-4 NCAA Division II victory over Wingate University Wednesday night at the Wingate Soccer Complex field. The Saints are the number two team in the USILA top 12 poll.

Limestone is 6-0 overall, while the Bulldogs are 4-4 overall. The contest was the inaugural Justin Graham Gill Memorial Lacrosse game at Wingate University. The Bulldogs host Pfeiffer University Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (Irwin Belk Stadium), while Limestone opens its 2011 home campaign Saturday against Conference Carolinas foe Belmont Abbey College at 1:00 p.m.

The Saints had nine different players score at least one goal. Sophomore attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) topped the charts with three goals and two assists. Four players scored one goal each for the host Bulldogs. Wingate junior attack David Lee (Greensboro, N.C.) had one goal and one assist.

Loewen had one goal and two assists in the opening 6-0 flurry. An EMO goal by Limestone senior attack Thomas Langan (Potomac, Md.) completed the run at the 8:37 mark of the second quarter. Lee got Wingate on the board one minute later on an assist from sophomore midfield Derek Watts (Winston-Salem, N.C.).

Limestone responded with three unanswered goals to take a 9-1 advantage two minutes into the third quarter. Loewen's tally at the 13:08 mark finished the mini-run. Bulldog sophomore midfield Garrett Kendall (Greer, S.C.) answered with an unassisted goal at the 11:33 plateau, but Wingate would not score again until early in the fourth quarter.

Wingate junior goalkeeper Danny Dlugozima (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) took the loss, allowing 15 goals and recording 15 saves in 54-plus minutes Wednesday. Limestone junior goalie Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.) earned the victory, making six saves and yielding four goals in 55-plus minutes of action.

Limestone capitalized on all four of its man-up opportunities and did not allow a goal in six man-down situations. The Saints held a 46-25 advantage in shots. The Bulldogs won 13 of the 24 face-offs. Freshman midfielder Bryce Sneed (Apex, N.C.) was successful on eight of 15 face-off attempts.

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WINGATE, N.C. - No. 2 Limestone dominated from the start in route to a 16-4 win at Wingate on Wednesday night, March 16 in a NCAA Division II South Region showdown. The Saints scored four goals off as many Bulldog turnovers within the first 8:47 of the contest to grab a 4-0 lead and were never threatened. In all Limestone pressured Wingate into 19 first period turnovers, seven of those caused.

Limestone, which closed out a six-game road stretch to open the season on Wednesday, moves to 6-0 overall having outscored its opponents 113-42 and is now 5-0 in the region while the Bulldogs drop to 4-3 and 3-3 in the region.

Limestone had nine different players score at least one goal and 10 recorded at least a point. Sophomore attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) led the way with five points thanks to three goals and two assists.

Senior attack Thomas Langan (Potomac, Md.) scored three goals on as many shots and was one of three Saints with three points each joined by junior attack Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario), junior midfielder Randy Waugh (Severna Park, Md.) and sophomore attack Tyler Baker (Peterborough, Ontario) who two goals and one assist each.

Four others contributed one goal and three of those were seniors in defenseman Spencer Wims (Waltham, Mass.), midfielder James Regan (Howard County, Md.) and attack Jeff Santo (Timonium, Md.) in addition to freshman attack Matt Burke (Pasadena, Md.) while sophomore midfielder Joshua Williams (Davidsonville, Md.) had an assist.

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