2017-06-02 / Front Page

Flag of champions flies over capitol

The Limestone College athletics logo flag flew over the State House Capitol Dome on Thursday in honor of the Saints’ 2017 NCAA Division II national championship in men’s lacrosse.

With assistance from the office of Sen. Harvey Peeler, the office of Gov. Henry McMaster approved flying the Limestone flag. The request was made by the Limestone College Communications Office.

The flag flew from dawn until dusk.

As the Southern Region Champions, Limestone won the national title Sunday by defeating Northern Region Champion Merrimack College 11-9 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

With that win, the Saints have now captured the men’s lacrosse national title three of the past four years — 2014, 2015, and 2017. Limestone also played for the national title in 2016.

The Saints have now won five national championships in men’s lacrosse, with the other two titles coming in 2000 and 2002. Limestone has participated in 11 national championship games since the school added lacrosse 26 years ago. Limestone was the first college in South Carolina to add lacrosse as an official intercollegiate sport.

By virtue of its national championship appearances and five national titles, Limestone men’s lacrosse has been a tremendous ambassador for the state of South Carolina and has brought the state unprecedented exposure in the world of collegiate lacrosse.

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