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Limestone Lacrosse selected for 20th NCAA TournamentFree Access

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – For the 20th time in the program’s storied history, five-time national champion Limestone University will participate in the NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Tournament and will be the second seed in the South Region as announced by the NCAA Selection Committee on Sunday, May 8.

The Saints earn a first-round bye and will play the winner of the opening-round game between No. 3 seed Lindenwood and No. 6 seed Wingate in the quarterfinals on Sunday, May 15, at Saints Field. Tampa is the top seed in the region and draws the winner of the No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne and No. 5 Indianapolis game.

The national semifinals are scheduled for May 22 at the highest remaining seeds in both the North and South Regions, and the NCAA Division II National Championship Game will be played at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on the campus of the University of Connecticut in East Hartford on May 29.

After missing the playoffs last season for only the second time over a 21-year span, the Saints return to the national tournament for the 20th time since the 2000 season. The selection comes during the 20th anniversary of the program’s run to the 2002 NCAA Division II National Championship. That team will be recognized by the NCAA at halftime of the national title game on May 29 along with Limestone’s 2000 National Championship Team after its 20th anniversary celebration in 2020 was canceled due to COVID.

Under first-year head coach Brendan Storrier, who also played for the Blue and Gold and helped lead the program to national championships in 2014, 2015, and 2017 as an assistant coach, the Saints enter the tournament with a 16-2 overall record. Limestone won its first South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship, and the 24th regular season crown in team history, with a program-record nine SAC wins.

The Blue and Gold posted a 7-2 mark against nationally ranked opponents during the 2022 campaign, including a 3-2 ledger against teams selected to play in the South Regional. The Saints enter the tourney as the second ranked offense in the nation with 16.94 goals per game while boasting a top-10 defense.

Limestone combined for 27 goals against the nation’s top-two ranked defenses, doubling up the season averages of both Lindenwood (13-8) and most recently Indianapolis (14-8). Overall, the Saints reached double digits in goals scored in each of their 18 games, including a four-game stretch with 20-plus goals.

The team leads the nation in both groundballs and groundballs per game while the Limestone defense has also been exceptional. The 2022 defensive unit set a program record, becoming the first in team history to record 200 caused turnovers in a single year and ranks top-10 nationally with 11.28 per game.

Graduate keeper William Baxter (Manchester, England) was named the South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and ranks in the top-10 in NCAA Division II in save percentage (.590) and goals against average (8.08). Graduate Kendall Collins (Hurley, N.Y.) and senior Steve Werner (Dallastown, Pa.) anchor the defensive rotation, a group that also features a solid core of underclassmen.

Although the offense did not pick up a ton of accolades, it has been extremely well balanced over the course of the season as three different players have recorded 50 or more points while four have reach 40 points. Overall, a total of eight Saints have posted at least 20 points while six have tallied 20-plus goals.

Freshman Mike McGarry (Wilmington, Del.) leads the Blue and Gold with 41 goals while sophomore Chris Erneston IV (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) is right behind with 40 – the duo has combined for 251 shot attempts. Senior Gavin Kesselring (Atlanta, Ga.) has team highs in points (58), assists (24), and extra-man goals (5) while senior Dorian Faster (New Freedom, Pa.) has 41 points on 26 goals and 15 assists.

Limestone has used a two-man faceoff rotation, splitting time between senior Michael Logan (Los Angeles, Calif.) and sophomore Tim Ladner (Sandwich, Mass.) Logan is 170-of-295 (57.6%) with 86 groundballs and three goals while Ladner is 137-of-181 (75.7%) with 94 groundballs and a trio of scores.

The Saints will host the winner of the Wingate and Lindenwood first-round game in the quarterfinals of the 2022 NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament on Sunday, May 15, at Saints Field. 

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