Men's soccer Senior Night highlights busy weekend

Men's soccer Senior Night highlights busy weekend

Friday, 10/21

Volleyball vs. #12 Palm Beach Atlantic - 7 p.m.
Marion Bowman Activites Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
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Saturday, 10/22

Volleyball vs. Nova Southeastern - 4 p.m.
Marion Bowman Activites Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
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Women's Soccer at Florida Southern - 7 p.m.
Barnett Field | Lakeland, Fla.  
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Men's Soccer vs. Florida Southern - 7 p.m.
Senior Night
Universtiy Soccer Field | Saint Leo, Fla.  
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Monday, 10/24

Men's Golf at the UIS Island Getaway
Puerto Rico Wyndham Rio Mar | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Women's Golf at the UIS Island Getaway
Puerto Rico Wyndham Rio Mar | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Tuesday, 10/25

Men's Golf at the UIS Island Getaway
Puerto Rico Wyndham Rio Mar | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Women's Golf at the UIS Island Getaway
Puerto Rico Wyndham Rio Mar | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Volleyball Notes

  • The Saint Leo volleyball team is looking to build off its 3-1 win over #20 Tampa as they take on both #12 Palm Beach Atlantic and SSC for Nova Southeastern this weekend. This will be the first time the Lions play these opponents this season. The match versus PBA is considered non-conference as the Sailfish are still provisional SSC members, while the match versus NSU will be a regular conference match.
  • In the Lions last outing they took down #20 Tampa, 3-1; 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 25-21, for the second time this season to make history. This marked the first time the Lions have ever swept Tampa in a season, and it was the first ever victory over the Spartans for Saint Leo on their home court. This also marked just the third win over UT in program history. Hope Lemon led the Lions with 15 kills on a .255 clip, adding two aces, five digs, and a block. The rest of the offense remained balanced as Victoria Omoregie added seven kills, five digs, and three blocks, while setter Maddy Powell followed with six kills. The junior added 30 assists, 12 digs, three blocks and a service ace. Avery Bradshaw was a key cog in the victory as she came off the bench in the second and third sets and put down five kills, committing no errors, and hit .500.
  • Lemon leads the Lions offensively on the season, averaging 3.67 kills per set and 4.3 points, as she adds .42 aces per set and 0.38 blocks. Bradshaw follows with 2.62 kills per set, and Britt Sederholm adds 2.49.
  • Defensively, Sederholm falls in second in digs per set at 2.36, while libero Jamee Townsend adds an SSC-best 5.29 per set. On the front line, Annabella Arcari leads the team with 1.07 blocks per set, while Katie Adamson follows with 0.71.
  • Palm Beach Atlantic comes into the match as the No. 12 team in the nation in the AVCA Poll, and are currently 16-3, and on a 16-match winning streak. PBA finished the 2016 season as the National Runners-up.
  • Offensively, the Sailfish are led by Ally Rohn, who puts down 3.43 kills and adds 3.10 digs per set as well. Sarah Ragland follows with 2.33 kills per set and 1.88 blocks per set, while Olivia Finckel adds 2.09 kills. The Sailfish run a 5-1 with Molly Burkhardt, as she is averaging 9.24 assists per set.
  • Nova Southeastern comes in with an 11-8 record and a 3-3 Sunshine State Conference record. They are currently on a one-match winning streak after taking down Barry and are currently 3-1 in road matches.
  • The Sharks have two players averaging 3.0-plus kills per set in Denvyr Tyler-Palmer and Jessica Ronyak. Tyler-Palmer averages 3.76 kills, while Ronyak adds 3.18. Defensively, Megan Burns scoops up 5.11 digs per set. 

Men's Soccer Notes

  • The Saint Leo men’s soccer returns home to host Florida Southern at University Soccer Field on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., as the Lions honor their seven seniors for senior night.
  • The Lions enter at 4-6, 2-4 SSC, and on a two-game win streak after defeating Tampa 2-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Tampa. Teddy Auyoma and Brain Werchek were credited for goals in the win.
  • Werchek’s goal was his first of his career in the Green and Gold, as he scored in the third minute off a Yuga Yanagisawa pass.
  • Auyoma’s goal was his third of the season. Auyoma scored in the ninth minute to put the Lions up 2-0 early on Tampa.
  • On the year, Auyoma and Marcelo Casas lead the team in points (7) and goals (3). Both players have one assist on the year. Bafou Sanogo is third on the team in points (6) as he has three goals on the year.
  • Keeper James White has seen action in both of the Lions’ previous two games and picked up two wins moving to 3-2 on the year with 450:00 minutes played. White has tallied 17 saves while allowing eight goals to get past. White has been in goal for the two Saint Leo shutouts on the season.
  • Conor McElhinney has played in 486:58 minutes this season and owns a 1-4 record while tallying 25 saves with 12 goals against.
  • The Lions crack the top 10 in the nation in fouls per game only committing 8.80 fouls per game. Saint Leo leads the conference with the 8.80 mark. In 10 games, the Lions have only committed 88 fouls, holding just above the second SSC team in the line, Nova Southeastern at 107 fouls for 8.92 fouls per game.
  • McElhinney ranks 33rd in the country in saves per game (5.00) and leads the SSC.
  • Florida Southern enters the game with a 6-4-1 overall record and 2-3-1 in the SSC. The Moccasins last played on Tuesday, Oct. 18 when they took down Flagler 1-0 at home. Their previous SSC game saw the Mocs fall to Florida Tech 1-0 on Oct. 15.  
  • Florida Southern through 11 games is led by Joseph Ammer who has 15 points on the year with five goals and five assists. Florian Thumm is close behind with 11 points with four goals and three assists. Jonathan Radvogin rounds out the double-digit point leaders on the Mocs team with 10 on four goals and two assists.  
  • Keeper Cole Clingerman has started all 11 games in goal and has amassed 1014 minutes in goal. The senior has tallied 47 saves and has allowed 16 goals in while holding a 6-4-1 record. 
Women's Soccer Notes
  • The Saint Leo women’s soccer team looks to hit the road for the final time in the regular season as they travel to Lakeland, to face Florida Southern on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
  • The Lions will enter the match with an 8-3-1 overall record while owning a 4-1-1 mark in the Sunshine State Conference, sitting in third in the conference standings.
  • Saint Leo heads to face the Moccasins after holding on in double-overtime against Tampa at home on Oct. 19 for a 1-1 draw. Cassidy Place scored her first career goal with a header in the sixth minute of the game.
  • Natalie Melillo notched her eighth assist in the tie on a corner kick finding Place’s head. Melillo leads the team in assists (8), leads the SSC in total assists (8) and assists per game (0.67). Melillo ranks sixth in the nation in assists per game, 10th in total assists and 75th in points per game (1.33), while sitting in fourth in the SSC in PPG.
  • Saint Leo’s leading scorer, Arielle Kabangu leads the team in points (25), goals (25) and shots (60). Kabangu leads the SSC in goals per game (1.00), points per game (2.08), total goals (12) and total points (25). The senior sits inside the top 25 in the national rankings in goals per game (9th), points per game (12th), total goals (14th), and total points (22nd).
  • As a team, the Lions lead the conference in six categories – assists per game (2.17), points per game (7.50), scoring offense (2.67), total assists (26), total goals (32), and total points (90).
  • Out of the 255 Division II teams ranked, the Lions sit inside the top 30 in six categories – assists per game (13th), points per game (13th), scoring offense (13th), total assists (23rd), total goals (26th), and total points (27th).
  • Florida Southern enters the contest with a 1-7-1 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the SSC. The Moccasins enter on a five-game skid after dropping their last contest 1-0 to Eckerd on Oct. 19.
  • On the season, the Mocs are led by Anna Griessler who has six points on three goals. The only other Moc to score was Megan Styron who has one goal for two points. Four other Florida Southern players have notched points with one assist a piece in Dominique Cirnigliaro, Alex Diamandis, Sheila Ramos and Kaitlyn Svopa.
  • Keeper Helena Norrstrom has played a majority of the minutes in goal for the Moccasins with 809:31 minutes played allowing 12 goals on 53 saves on the season. Norrstrom leads the SSC in saves per game with a 5.89 mark. She is third in the SSC in total saves with 53 total saves.
  • As a team, Florida Southern leads the league in saves per game with 5.89. 

Men's Golf Notes

  • The Saint Leo men’s golf team, ranked No. 13 by GolfStat and No. 7 by the Golf Coaches Association of America, heads to Rio Grande, Puerto Rico for a two tournament hosted by the University of Illinois-Springfield at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort on Oct. 24-25.
  • The Lions take part in their last fall tournament after having hosted their previous two fall tournaments. Saint Leo took eighth of 12 teams in their home tournament on Sept. 19-20 before taking fifth out of 18 teams as the NCAA Division II National Preview at Reunion Resort on the Watson course.
  • At the DII National Preview, Hugo Bernard led the team after firing off a third round 66 (-6). Bernard shot a two-over, 74, on the first round and followed that up with a 65 (-7) in the second round, as he saw himself tie for first before heading to a three-way playoff to determine a winner. Riley Goss tied for 10th after finishing at 213 (-3) with rounds of 69-71-73.
  • Four Saint Leo golfers rank inside the top-250 golfers in the nation by GolfStat led by Hugo Bernard who sits first overall, followed by Casey Bannon (39th), Riley Goss (51st) and Gustav Tegel (142nd).  
  • Saint Leo’s starting five … 1. Casey Bannon, 2. Ryan Gendron, 3. Colby Tyler, 4. Colin Warren, 5. Nilo Sanchez
  • The Field … Saint Leo, Valdosta State, Illinois-Springfield, Delta State and Division III Manchester University
  • The Course … Rio Mar Country Club-River Course, par-72 6,902 yards.

Women's Golf Notes

  •  Saint Leo women’s golf brings its Fall 2016 slate to a close at the Island Getaway, presented by the University of Illinois at Springfield. The eighth-ranked Lions will be joined by the host squad from UIS, along with No. 3 Tarleton State, No. 17 St. Edward’s, Anderson (S.C.), William Jewell, Texas Wesleyan, and Manchester University. Manchester is a NCAA Division III program, while Texas Wesleyan is a NAIA member.
  • The Lions’ five for the Island Getaway will be, in order, junior Vilde Eriksen, senior Marie Coors, junior Amanda Jakobsson, junior Margine Arguello, and freshman Izzy Lawrence.
  • Saint Leo is coming off a 15-stroke victory at its home tournament, the Saint Leo Women’s Golf Invitational, last Monday, and Tuesday at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club North Course. Eriksen won her first collegiate tournament after shooting six-under over the 36-hole event, then winning a one-hole playoff with Florida Tech’s Brittany LaPadula. The Lions’ win was their first at the Saint Leo Invitational.
  • Quoting Head Coach Tommy Baker: “I think we’re riding some high momentum right now after winning our last two tournaments, and we want to go into this tournament with the same type of mindset – prepare as best we can, go out there and execute, and add up the scores and see if we can come home with a trophy at the end.
    “I think this will come down to dissecting the golf course during the practice round when we get out there – there will be a lot of wind right there along the ocean, and a lot of cross breezes – so paying attention to those sorts of things during the practice round will help us in the competition.”