Cross country competes at the D-II Fall Festival in weekly Ledger

Cross country competes at the D-II Fall Festival in weekly Ledger

Thursday, December 4

  Swimming at Savannah College of Art and Design – All Day (Thursday-Saturday)

Where: Chatham County Aquatic Center (SCAD Invitational), Savannah, Ga.
Website: SLU | SCAD

Game Notes

  • Both teams are looking for automatic qualifiers for NCAA post-season competition.
  • The last time out, the Lions’ men swam at Tampa for a 157-105 victory as Rhet Rheinlander, Mattheus Assis, and Hunter Bains each posted multiple first-place finishes.
  • Gabe Langner earned SSC Swimmer of the Week honors after three first place finishes in the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM.
  • Saint Leo women’s tied with Tampa 131-131 in their latest competition as swimmers Nicole Weber, Joanna Dembska and Stephanie Martinez each finished with multiple top-times.
  • Natalia Garriock had two individual first place finishes in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and anchored a first place finish in the 400 free relay.  All three finishes set school records.

Saturday, December 6

  Cross Country at NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships - 11 a.m.

Where: E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park (hosted by Bellarmine University), Louisville, Ky.
Website: SLU 

Game Notes

  • The Saint Leo women’s cross country team will race in its first NCAA National Championship meet after finishing second in the South Regional.  Freshman Colett Rampf finished second overall with a 6K time of 22:25.31 to lead the Lions to its first national appearance.
  • Jelena Tancic finished third behind Rampf, as the sophomore clocked a 22:29.55 finish at the Huntsville, Ala. regional.
  • The Saint Leo men’s cross country team will head to the national championship for the second consecutive season, earning a trip in 2013 for the first time on the men’s side.  Valentin Lenz mirrored Rampf with a second place finish on the men’s side, crossing the line in 32:12.46 for the 10K.
  • Niclas Bez finished fifth in the regional meet while Carl Dunne was 17th.

  Women's Basketball at Barry – 2 p.m.

Where: Barry Health and Sports Center, Miami Shores, Fla.
Record: SLU 4-1 | BU 4-2
Website: SLU | BU
Links: Live Stats| Live Video

Game Notes

  • The Lions are coming off a 56-53 win over UPR-Bayamon.  Senior Melissa Jackson spun a double-double with 13 points and a career-best 16 rebounds.  The forward is averaging 12.6 points per game and 10.4 boards per game through the first five contests.
  • Saint Leo is averaging 68.2 points per game as a team while limiting opponents to 58.6 points. The Lions average 39.6 rebounds per game.
  • Junior Monique Bunk has 34 points, 24 rebounds and 21 assists this season, tuning the Lions offense to a 40% shooting percentage from the field.
  • Barry defeated Stillman College 78-76 last Saturday, as Ashley Lutz nailed a three-pointer with five seconds remaining.  Lutz posted 12 points on the contest while Jackie Perez led the charge with a 7-for-16 showing, scoring 19 total points.
  • Perez leads the charge for Barry, averaging 15.5 points per game. Amra Elezovic has 38 rebounds this season while scoring an average of nine points per game.
  • The Lions took both contests from the Bucs during the 2013-14 season, defeating Barry 78-65 in Buccaneer territory and claiming a 90-88 win in the Bowman Center.

  Men's Basketball at #12 Barry – 4 p.m.

Where: Barry Health and Sports Center, Miami Shores, Fla.
Record: SLU 4-3 | BU 5-0
Website: SLU | BU
Links: Live Stats| Live Video

Game Notes

  • Saint Leo men’s basketball opens Sunshine State Conference play this week when the Lions travel to Miami Shores, Fla., to face Barry University. Saint Leo is 34-26 all-time versus Barry, and the Lions have won seven-in-a-row and 11 of the last 14 versus the Buccaneers dating back to the 2007-08 season.
  • The Lions head into the Barry contest with a 4-3 record following Monday’s 59-51 setback at Flagler College. Senior Ron Foxx paced Saint Leo with 17 points, while sophomore Marcus Dewberry netted 10 points and junior Edmunds Dukulis came up shy of the double-double with 10 rebounds and eight points. Foxx saw his consecutive free throws streak end at 29, after he missed on the second of two foul shots early in the second half.
  • Barry has a 5-0 record as it prepares to face Saint Leo, following wins over Sioux Falls (77-50) and UPR-Rio Piedras (96-75) in the Odio Thanksgiving Classic. All five of the Buccaneers’ games this season have been at home, with Barry averaging 88.6 ppg with a +24.8 scoring margin. The Buccaneers also played a pair of exhibition games against tough Division I opponents, falling to #8 Louisville (91-71) and #7 Florida (79-70). Yunio Barrueta leads Barry with 17.8 ppg and 8.4 rpg, while Juan Ferrales is adding 12.6 ppg. Adrian Gonzalez (10.4 ppg) and Anders Haas (10.2 ppg) are also regular offensive contributors for the Bucs.
  • Foxx is pacing the Saint Leo offense with 15.9 ppg, with Dewberry contributing 14.4 ppg and dishing out 4.43 assists per game. Foxx is the only Saint Leo player to score in double-figures in all seven games this season, and the Lions are 4-0 when both Foxx and Dewberry crack double digits. Dewberry began the week ranked 44th among all Division II players in total assists, and 61st in assists per game. Foxx’s .912 free throw percentage to start the week placed him 48th among D-II leaders.
  • Saint Leo began the week ranked eighth in the nation in team free-throw shooting percentage (.801), and was 16th among Division II leaders in scoring defense allowing just 61.0 points per contest. The Lions’ +8.8 rebounding margin was good enough for 30th on the Division II statistical leaderboard, and Saint Leo has outrebounded its opponent in six out of seven games this season.

For the latest news, updates, and information on Saint Leo Athletics, visit SaintLeoLions.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Lions news by following Saint Leo Athletics on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.