No. 4 Limestone Crushes No. 11 Catawba

This senior class has combined to capture four Conference Carolinas Tournament Championships over five years, three consecutive regular season crowns in as many seasons that the league has recognized such and extended Limestone's string of 11 consecutive NCAA Division II postseason appearances.

During this time, they have posted an overall record of 62-11 for an incredible .849 winning percentage. That record includes a 62-7 mark and .890 winning percentage in regular season action, a 23-1 record in regular season conference games and a sterling 27-2 mark at "The Rock". This season, Limestone has shown the form that has made them a national power. Earlier this year the Saints had an impressive four-week run as the No. 1 ranked team in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division II Poll. This marked the first time since 2004 that Limestone had reached No. 1 in the Country and the first time in this groups collective career. Three times during that stretch, Limestone was the unanimous No. 1 and was the only team in Division II with that distinction this season.

Like a Rock: The 2011 season is the 22nd year of competition for Limestone which including Saturday's win over Catawba, sports an all-time record of 222-86. The Saints hold an all-time scoring advantage against their foes of 4,425-2,601. The Saints have advanced to the NCAA Men's Division II Tournament each of the previous 11 seasons reaching the title game six consecutive years from 2000-'05 winning championships 2000 and 2002.

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GAFFNEY, SC -- Host Limestone, ranked fourth in NCAA II, cruised to a 19-3 win over 11th-ranked Catawba in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Saints Field. Riley Loewen and Shayne Jackson each scored five goals to help the Saints improve to 14-1. The Catawba Indians wrap up their season at 12-4.

Limestone took a 5-0 lead early in the second quarter before the Indians got on the board on a tally from Davis Hughes (Windermere, FL/W. Orange HS) with 4:08 left in the half. That would be as close as Catawba would be as the Saints scored twice before the break then added eighth straight goals to build a 15-1 advantage.

Jackson had four of the goals in the 10-goal spurt. Jackson and Loewen handed out four assists apiece. Catawba also got goals from Tom Cullop (New Windsor, MD/S. Carroll HS) and Trevor Sieracki (Austin, TX/Anderson HS).

Limestone outshot Catawba 58-15 and won 16 of 25 face-offs. Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam, BC, CANADA/Heritage Woods) played all but a minute in the pipes for the Indians and recorded 19 saves.

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