GAFFNEY, South Carolina -
The Limestone College men’s lacrosse team, which now plays on Shaw Sports Turf, has battled its way to the NCAA Division II Championship on the Shaw Sports Turf field at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
This will be the Saints’ eighth trip to the National Championship game.
The Saints have had their best season ever, going 18-1. After winning the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament championships, they beat Queens in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
On Sunday, the Saints faced Tampa, in a rematch of one of the most hotly contested games of the regular season, which Limestone won 8-5. Today’s national semi-final resulted in a 14-10 victory for the Saints.
Limestone College paved the way for the sport of lacrosse in the South. In 1990, they became South Carolina’s first collegiate lacrosse team. They have earned an amazing 16 straight regular season conference titles. They have also won conference tournament championships in 1994, 2000-2007, and 2009-2014.
Their national championship titles came in 2000 and 2002. The 2000 title gave Limestone claim to the smallest co-educational institution to win a national championship. The 2002 team has been responsible for most of the fundraising for the new Shaw Sports Turf field.
A combination of over-use and the need for new facilities prompted the move to Shaw Sports Turf. The men’s lacrosse team will share the field with the women’s lacrosse team, men’s and women’s soccer, and field hockey.
The Saints will utilize Shaw Sports Turf’s Legion 46 system, which is a combination of high-performance monofilament fibers and a durable slit film fiber. The slit film fiber is a workhorse which will handle the workload, while the monofilament provides a more resilient surface that enhances performance characteristics. The Legion system is also used on the game and practice fields at Vanderbilt University.
“We couldn’t be happier for the Limestone program,” said Andrew Barksdale, Territory Manager for Shaw Sports Turf. “We’re also excited for all the other teams and fans around the world that will get to see three exciting national championship games played on the Shaw Sports Turf field, which is the home to the Baltimore Ravens.”
Limestone will face LIU Post in the Division II Championship on Sunday, May 25, at 4:00 p.m. In Division III, Tufts will play Salisbury at 1:00 p.m. on May 25.
In the Division I bracket, Duke faces Denver in the semi-finals at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, and Notre Dame plays Maryland at 3:30. The winners will play for the title on Monday, May 26, at 1:00 p.m.