- The Lions head into Sunshine State Conference action with a 5-3 record following a difficult weekend at the Colorado Premier Challenge. Over the weekend, Saint Leo faces then-ranked No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul, No. 8 Lewis, Regis, and No. 18 Colorado School of Mines. The Lions fell to Concordia-St. Paul, 3-0, they topped Lewis, 3-1, and wrapped up the tournament with a 3-1 loss to Regis, and a 3-0 loss to Mines.
- Saint Leo opens with #22 Florida Southern and #16 Tampa for their fifth and sixth matches versus ranked opponents already this season.
- Senior Hope Lemon currently ranks second in the SSC in Kills with 4.57 per set. She has put down 20-plus kills in three matches this season and is currently sitting at 852 career kills. Her 4.57 kills per set rank seventh in the nation.
- Senior libero Jamee Townsend is second in the SSC in digs per set at 5.07. She has led the Lions in every match so far this season and is currently at 890 digs for her career.
- As a team, the Lions lead the SSC in assists per set and kills per set behind the offense orchestrated by freshman Anna Garrett. Garrett leads the conference with 11.07 assists per set. The team is averaging 12.96 per set and is 17th in the nation. As for kills per set, the Lions average 13.61 and are 30th in the nation.
Women's Soccer Notes
- The Lions (3-1, 1-0 SSC) hit the road for the first time all season when they travel to Lynn for their second SSC matchup.
- Saint Leo enters the match after opening SSC play with a 4-1 rout of Eckerd at home Wednesday night.
- Arielle Kabangu has led the Lions in every game with a first half goal. She has a total of six goals on the season and will look to add to her tally in the weekend nightcap. Kabangu notched a hat trick in Wednesday’s contest to lead the Lions over the Tritons.
- Natalie Melillo found the back of the net Wednesday night to add to her point total. Melillo is second on the team in points with five – one goal and three assists.
- Kabangu leads the team in points with 12 – six goals.
- Genevieve Gignac, Selena Jaimes and Katie Waddell each have three points on the season, all having one goal and one assist to their name.
- Julia Ortiz is 2-0 in goal for the Lions with her most recent 4-1 victory over the Tritons Wednesday. Ortiz picked up her first victory in between the posts for Saint Leo on Sunday in the 3-1 victory over Christian Brothers. Megan Charlton is 1-1 on the season with getting the starting nod in the Lions 3-2 loss to Mississippi College and the 2-1 win over West Alabama. Charlton started the game against Christian Brothers, playing five minutes for a season total of 193:56. Ortiz is at a season total 174:53 in goal.
Men's Soccer Notes
- The Lions, who moved up to No. 9 in this week’s NSCAA Coaches Poll rankings, dropped their SSC opener at Eckerd on Wednesday night, 3-0, and enter the contest Saturday with a 1-1, 0-1 SSC record.
- The top-10 showdown on Saturday at Lynn will look to spark the Lions offense and even things out in the SSC record. Saint Leo heads to Lynn Saturday and looks to pick up their first SSC win of the season.
- Saint Leo recorded 14 shots Wednesday night with five on target. The Lions saw keeper James White recorded four saves on 12 shots, seven on frame.
- On the season, White is 1-1 with six saves in 180 minutes played.
- Leading the offensive charge is Marcelo Casas, Matthias Katerna and Bafou Sanogo who each have two points on the season. The trio of forwards each recorded a goal in the Lions’ 3-2 upset of previous No. 9 Young Harris to open the season.
- Brandon Rivera has tallied one point on the season with his assist in the first game against Young Harris on Katerna’s goal.
- LYNN enters the match at No. 2 in the nation and owns a 5-0-1, 0-0-1 record after recording their first tie of the season at Palm Beach Atlantic Wednesday night. The Fighting Knights previously upset No.1 Pfeiffer 2-1 on Sept. 11 to end non-conference play
- The Fighting Knights are led by Jack Watson who has 15 points on the year – 7 goals, 1 assist
- Alun Webb has chipped in with 13 points – 5 goals, 3 assists – just ahead of Dominic Docherty who has 7 points – 1 goal, 5 assists.
- Lynn keeper Alexander Roth has 572:10 logged in goal with a 5-0-1 record and three shutouts. Roth has only allowed three goals scored over the six-game span.
- The Lions will need to shut down the Knights forwards as Lynn has 21 goals in six games played.