Lions athletics head into busy weekend

Lions athletics head into busy weekend

Friday, 10/14

Swimming at Lynn University
Women's Swimming vs. Lynn and Florida Tech - 3 p.m.
Men's Swimming vs. Florida Tech - 3 p.m.
McCusker Pool Complex | Boca Raton, Fla. 

Volleyball vs. West Florida - 2:30 p.m.
Orlando Sports Center | Orlando, Fla.
South Region Crossover Tournament Page

Saturday, 10/15

Volleyball vs. Valdosta State - 10 a.m.
Orlando Sports Center | Orlando, Fla.
South Region Crossover Tournament Page

Volleyball vs. North Alabama - 4:45 p.m.
Orlando Sports Center | Orlando, Fla.
South Region Crossover Tournament Page

Women's Soccer at Embry-Riddle - 6 p.m.
ERAU Soccer Stadium | Daytona, Fla.  
Live Stats | Video 

Men's Soccer vs. Embry-Riddle - 7 p.m.
Universtiy Soccer Field | Saint Leo, Fla.  
Live Stats | Video 

Swimming Notes

  • The Saint Leo men’s and women’s swim teams will compete in their first team events of the season on Friday afternoon with three-school event at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Saint Leo, Lynn, and Florida Tech will hold a double-dual meet for the women, while the Saint Leo men and Florida Tech will square off in a head-to-head event.
  • Leading the Saint Leo men will be newly-minted Division II National Swimmer of the Week Hunter Bains, who turned in two solid performances last week at the Colorado Mesa Intermountain Shootout. Swimming against the host Colorado Mesa squad as well as Division I programs Utah, Brigham Young, and Air Force, Bains set NCAA “B” cut marks in the 200 Free (1:38.25, altitude adjusted) and the 100 Free (45.51, altitude adjusted). In addition to Bains, a 2016 NCAA qualifier, Saint Leo will be looking for significant point contributions from returnees Gabe Langer and Jan Urbaniak
  • The Saint Leo women’s swim team is paced by a pair of 2016 NCAA qualifiers, senior Nicole Weber and junior Natalia Garriock. Garriock won the 100 Butterfly at last season’s SSC Championship, and competed in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Butterfly, and 100 Backstroke at the NCAA meet, with her best finish in the 100 Free (11th). Weber had a second-place finish at the SSC meet in the 200 Breaststroke, and was 13th in that same event at the NCAA championships. She was also third in the 200 IM at the conference championships, and fourth in the 100 Breaststroke. Sophomore Maftuna Tuhtasinova came on strong at the end of the 2015-16 season, posting a third-place finish in the 200 Backstroke at the SSC championship, and is also expected to be a larger points contributor in 2016-17.
  • Next up: the Lions will travel to Winter Park, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 28, to compete in a dual meet with Rollins College.

Volleyball Notes

  • The Saint Leo volleyball team brings a 10-5 record into the South Region Crossover tournament this weekend, and they are currently riding a two-match winning streak. Most recently they took on Lynn, taking the Fighting Knights down, 3-1; 25-22, 29-27, 25-27, 29-27.
  • In the win over Lynn, Saint Leo saw freshman Victoria Omoregie put down a career-high 15 kills on a clip of .393. Senior Jamee Townsend scooped up a career-best 36 digs, and reached her 1,000th dig in the process. Her performance earned her a third Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor. Middle blockers Annabella Arcari and Katie Adamson each tallied eight blocks in the match as well.
  • Offensively, Saint Leo is averaging 13.30 kills per set, while hitting .204 as a team. Senior Hope Lemon leads the way, averaging 3.69 kills per set. Arcari leads the Lions in efficiency as she has a .321 hitting percentage.
  • Defensively, Arcari also leads the team in blocking, averaging 1.05 blocks per set. Townsend leads on the back line, scooping up a conference-best 5.30 digs per set.
  • West Florida enters the weekend with a 13-5 record, and are receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll. They are currently 9-1 in the Gulf South Conference. The Argos have three players averaging three-plus points per set. Kathryn Torre averages a team-high 3.18 points, putting down 2.52 kills per set and adding 0.93 blocks per set. Corisha Smith adds 3.06 points, averaging 2.67 kills, while Rachel Neblett tacks on 3.22 points per set, as she puts down 2.52 kills per set and leads the team in blocking at 1.08 per set.
  • Valdosta State currently holds 8-10 record, and are 6-5 in the GSC. They will open the South Region Crossover with matches against Barry and Nova Southeastern on Friday, and will close the tournament with Saint Leo at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Susanna Peonia leads VSU in kills per set at 3.61, and does it quite effectively as she hits at .230. The Blazers run a two-setter offense as Carly Smart averages 6.84 assists per set, and Sara Danridge dished out 5.78 per set.
  • North Alabama will be Saint Leo’s final opponent at the South Region Crossover Tournament. UNA is currently 16-3, and 8-3 in the GSC. They are also receiving votes in the AVCA poll. As a team, UNA averages 13.9 kills per set on .275 hitting. They are led by Natasha Fomina who puts away 3.89 per set. Three of the Lions’ starters average above a .300 hitting percentage. Jessica Austin averages 2.43 kills per set on a clip of .379, while Lexie Bradley averages 2.55 kills on a .301 clip. Setter Jayden Davilamcclary is hitting .364, having put down 43 kills on the season while dishing out 11.25 assists per set. 

Men's Soccer Notes

  • The Saint Leo men’s soccer returns home to host Embry-Riddle at University Soccer Field on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.
  • The Lions enter at 2-6 and 1-4 after taking a 3-2 loss in double-overtime to Montevallo at Columbus State. Carlos Moncayo and Bafou Sanogo each tallied a goal in the loss.
  • On the season, Saint Leo is led by Marcelo Casas with seven points on three goals and one assist where Sanogo is second with six points on three goals.
  • Splitting duties all season, keepers Conor McElhinney owns a 1-4 record where James White is 1-2. McElhinney has played in 486:58 minutes with 25 saves and 12 goals against. White has played in 270 minutes with nine saves and eight goals against.
  • McElhinney leads the SSC in saves per game with 5.00 where he is ranked 32nd in the nation.
  • EMBRY-RIDDLE enters the contest with a 2-4-3 record, coming off a 6-2 loss to Florida Southern on Oct. 12.
  • The Eagles are led by Felix Moller and Joao Belmonte who each have double-digit points on the season. Moller leads the way with 11 on four goals and three assists where Belmonte has 10 on four goals and two assists.
  • Keeper Richard Dearle has started all nine contests and has played in 857:45 minutes between the posts giving up 26 goals and recording 52 saves. 
Women's Soccer Notes
  • The Saint Leo women’s soccer team travels to Daytona Beach to face Embry-Riddle for a 6 p.m. start. Saint Leo enters at 8-2, 4-1 SSC and sits tied for second with 12 points in the conference.
  • The Lions are coming off a 4-1 victory at Catawba on Oct. 12 where Natalie Melillo tallied two goals to increase her season goal and points totals. Katie Waddell and Genevieve Gignac were the other two Lions responsible for goals Wednesday.
  • On the season, Arielle Kabangu leads the way with 23 points on 11 goals and one assist where Melillo is second with 15 points. Melillo has four goals and leads the team in assists with seven. Waddell rounds out the double-digit points leaders on the roster with 12 on three goals and six assists.
  • Keepers Megan Charlton and Julia Oritz have shared minutes in goal this season with Charlton holding a 3-1 record where Ortiz is 5-1. Ortiz leads in minutes played with 561:42 with 24 saves and nine goals against where Charlton has played 344:02 minutes, recorded 19 saves and allowed five goals.
  • The Lions lead the SSC in five categories points (Kabangu 23), points per game (Kabangu 2.30), goals (Kabangu 11), goals per game (Kabangu 1.100), assists (Melillo 7).
  • As a team, the Lions rank in the top-10 in the nation in three categories – sixth in assists per game (2.50), seventh in scoring offense (3.00), and eighth in points per game (8.50). All three categories, the Lions lead the SSC.
  • Individually, Melillo ranks fourth in assists per game (0.70) and eighth in total assists (7), and Kabangu is seventh in goals per game (1.10) and ninth in points per game (2.30).
  • EMBRY-RIDDLE enters the matchup with a 5-3-1 record and are on a two-game skid having lost 5-0 to Lindsey Wilson on Oct. 11.
  • The Eagles are led by Isabelle Haaranen on the year, where she has tallied seven points on three goals and one assist. Maria Schmiedhofer is second with six points (2 G, 2 A), and Andrea Froshaug is third with five points (2 G, 1 A).
  • Keeper Fanny Kristiansson has played all nine games racking up 33 saves in goal in 861:40 total minutes played. Kristiansson has allowed nine goals in the nine games played holding a 5-3-1 record.