Pauwels leads men's lacrosse to top shooting percentage in DII

Pauwels leads men's lacrosse to top shooting percentage in DII

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team was officially named 2017 NCAA Division II men's lacrosse statistical champion for Shot Percentage, while junior Kyle Pauwels led the nation and was named the statistical champion for the individual shot percentage.

Pauwels finished the season with a shooting percentage of .690, 12-percentage points higher than the second-place mark. Pauwels also finished second in the nation in goals per game with 3.50, making his shooting performance even more impressive. He finished the season with 49 goals on 71 shots. This marks the second time in his collegiate career that Pauwels has earned the shot percentage title. He led the NCAA DII in his freshman season at Pfeiffer. 

With Pauwels leading the way, the team was primed to take the top spot, and with junior Anthony Visintin finishing with the 12th highest shooting percentage in DII at .479, the Lions ran away with the top mark of 0.378. Saint Leo had a higher percentage that all of DI, and only two DIII teams finished with better marks.

Jake Bye, Jason D'Aoust and Justin Hindman finished 2017 with 100-percent shooting, six other finished above 40-percent, including Pauwels and Visintin.

This is the second straight season that the Lions have earned a NCAA DII Statistical title as they finished the 2016 season as the Man-Up Offense leaders.

Both the team and Pauwels will receive plaques from the NCAA for their accomplishments. 

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