No. 4 Limestone Sprints Past No. 8 Catawba

SALISBURY, NC -- Limestone pulled away from host Catawba in the second half to take a 17-7 victory in action between a pair of nationally-ranked teams on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium. The fourth-ranked Saints improve to 15-1, while the eighth-ranked Catawba Indians end their season at 14-3.

Leading by two goals at the break, Limestone outscored Catawba 5-1 in both the third and fourth quarters to take the contest. Jackson Decker scored the last of his five goals to start a five-goal run for the Saints in the third quarter. Shayne Jackson scored twice in the surge. Limestone also tallied the first five goals to start the final quarter.

Decker scored three first-quarter goals to help the Saints to a 5-1 lead. Catawba responded in the second quarter to close the game to 7-5 at the half. Braden Artem (Acton, Ontario, CANADA/Christ the King) got Catawba within the two goals with just 14 seconds left in the half. The goal marked his 45th of the season which tied a school record.

Decker had five goals and an assist to pace Limestone. Jackson picked up three goals, while Riley Loewen had a goal and four helpers. Artem and John Scheich (Waxhaw, NC/Weddington HS) scored three goals each for the Indians.

Limestone held a 41-30 edge in shots and won 20 of the 27 face-offs. Jake Ternosky went 19 of 26 on his attempts for the Saints. Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam, BC, CANADA/Heritage Woods HS) recorded 14 saves in goal for Catawba. Steve Gartelman posted 10 stops for Limestone.

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SALISBURY, N.C. What was billed as a battle for the South Region quickly became an all out blitz, as No. 4 Limestone (15-1, 5-0 CC) defeated No. 8 Catawba (14-3, 6-2 DSC) 17-7 on Saturday. The victory is the Saints fourth over a fellow nationally ranked program.

Winners of six straight, including the 2012 Deep South Conference Tournament Championship, the Indians were no match for the highest scoring team in the nation as Limestone scored the first four goals of the game in less than half a quarter. Catawba made a game of it as they rallied back to within 6-4 with 2:07 left in the second frame and 7-5 at half. That would be the last challenge they would mount.

After being held scoreless over the first four minutes of the second half, the Saints offense couldn't be stopped as they scored five straight goals to push the lead to 12-5 at the 5:33 mark of the third quarter. Their streak interrupted only by an unassisted goal from the Indians' John Scheich at the end of the third, Limestone ripped off another stretch of five straight goals to start the fourth period and stretch the lead to an insurmountable 17-6 with 6:10 to play. A late goal by Scheich would take the game to the final margin of 17-7.

Senior midfielder Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) drilled a career-high five goals and had a career-best six points to lead the Saints' attack while junior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) served as the facilitator with four assists, one shy of his career-high, and a goal. Senior attack Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada) added three goals, an assist and team-high four groundballs.

Junior faceoff specialist Jake Ternosky (LaFayette, N.Y.), the reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, dominated on faceoffs, giving Limestone's potent offense the ball 19 of 26 times and even registered an assist off one of those controls. Junior midfielder Corey Rich (Sacramento, Calif.) notched a pair of goals and an assist and senior midfielder Randy Waugh (Severna Park, Md.) added two goals of his own. Senior goalkeeper Steve Gartelmen (Seaford, N.Y.) played 56:57, allowed seven goals and made 10 saves on his way to a 15-1 record on the season.

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