No. 6 Limestone Starts Fast, Downs Queens

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Hot shooting in the first half proved to be too much for the Royals to overcome as they fell 17-6 to No. 6 Limestone in men's lacrosse action. The Royals' record fell to 5-5 on the season and 0-2 in the league, while the Saints improved to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in Conference Carolinas.

After an Evan Farkas goal tied the game at two with 8:09 on the clock, the Saints reeled off six goals in a row to close the first period with an 8-2 lead. Shayne Jackson and Jackson Decker led the way for Limestone notching two goals apiece in the period.

Limestone would carry that momentum into period two as they went on a 4-0 run increasing their advantage to 10, 12-2. Queens' Corey Geroy would find the back of the net with 3:21 to go in the half making it 12-3 at the break.

The Royals found some offensive rhythm in the third scoring three goals in a row while holding the Saints scoreless in 14 minutes and 25 seconds of play. Connor DeVoe netted a goal with 35 seconds on the clock to end the Saints' scoring drought. His teammate, Zach Cummings would follow suit with six ticks on the board making the score 14-6 at the end of the quarter.

Limestone put the game away in the fourth finding the back of the net three times more for the win.

Queens was led by Geroy who finished the game with a hat trick, while Farkas tallied two goals. Andrew Hyland took the loss in the net after getting 10 saves.

Decker, Cummings and Jackson each notched three goals to lead the Saints. Riley Loewen led in points with seven on two goals and five assists. Decker and Jackson each had two assists to add to their hat tricks for five points each. Steve Gartelman was awarded the win in goal after getting three stops.

The Royals were outshot 41-22 by the Saints this afternoon.

Queens returns to action on April 7 at Lees-McRae in game set to start at 2:00 p.m.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. No. 6 Limestone men's lacrosse jumped out to an 8-2 lead after the first quarter and was never threatened in route to a 17-6 win at rival Queens University of Charlotte in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday, March 31.

Junior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia) paced a balanced offense with a game high seven points combining five assists with two goals and was one of five multiple goal scorers for Limestone. The Saints, now 4-0 within Conference play, have won 23 straight league games as well as 42 consecutive NCAA Division II South Region contests improving to 10-1 overall on the season. The Royals, with Saturday's loss, drop to 5-5 overall including 2-0 within league play.

Senior attack and 2012 Tewaaraton Award Nominee Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) along with fellow classmate Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia), a midfielder, each scored three goals and assisted on two others for Limestone while junior midfielder Zach Cummings (Crownsville, Md) also had three goals and fellow junior midfielder Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia) scored twice with one assist.

Limestone, which held a 41-22 advantage on shots, totaled 29 points with 12 of the 17 goals assisted.

The Saints also dominated at the center "x" taking 23 of 27 attempts with junior specialist Jake Ternosky (LaFayette, N.Y.) leading the way by winning 16 of his 19 attempts. Ternosky and sophomore defenseman Anthony Starnino (Rochester, N.Y.) tied for a game high six groundballs each with the Saints holding a 31-19 advantage in that category.

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