Eight teams in action for packed weekend

Eight teams in action for packed weekend

Friday, February 6

  Tennis at Coastal Georgia - 2:30 p.m.

Where: Marta B. Torrey Tennis Complex, Brunswick, Ga.
Website: SLU | CCG

Game Notes

  • Both Saint Leo tennis teams open the season on the road, facing NAIA opponent Coastal Georgia.  The Intercollegiate Tennis Association tabbed the men’s team as No. 14 in Division II while the women earn a top-10 nod, beginning the season ranked No. 3.
  • The women’s team ascended to the NCAA 2014 Semifinals for the first time in program history, falling 5-0 to Armstrong State.  The Lions defeated many challenging foes, including a pair of late-season wins over No. 5 Lynn University. 
  • Sophomore Anastasia Wagner anchors a strong Lion’s lineup as the Singen, Germany native took the ITA South Region Rookie of the Year award for her first season donning the Green and Gold.  Wagner ended the 2014 season ranked No. 48 in the nation for singles play while her tandem with Paula Montoya garnered a No. 24 ranking.
  • The Saint Leo men’s team advanced to the Sunshine State Conference Semifinals, falling 5-0 to Barry University.  The Bucs enter 2015 ranked No. 3 in the nation.
  • The men’s lineup is led by All-SSC second team selection Fons Verberne and junior Bruno Sisti.  Verberne posted a 12-1 record and a perfect 3-0 tally in SSC play while Sisti was 4-5 and 1-2 in conference from the No. 2 spot on the roster.

  Softball at Eckerd College Tournament

Where: Eddie C. Moore Complex, Clearwater, Fla.
Record: SLU 2-0 | SU 0-0 | HU 2-0 | CSU 0-0 | UWF 0-0 | SBU 0-0 | PBA 0-0
Website: SLU | SU | HU | CSU | UWF | SBU | PBA
Coverage Links: 
Friday, 2/6 vs. Shorter at 4:30 pm: Live Stats
Friday, 2/6 vs. Harding at 7:00 pm: Live Stats
Saturday, 2/7 vs. Chadron State at 11:00 am: Live Stats
Saturday, 2/7 vs. West Florida at 1:30 pm: Live Stats
Sunday, 2/8 vs. Southwest Baptist at 9:00 am: Live Stats
Sunday, 2/8 vs. Palm Beach Atlantic at 11:30 am: Live Stats

Game Notes

  • The Saint Leo softball team is fresh off a double-header sweep of Flagler College to begin the season 2-0.  The Lions offense surged in the first contest, taking a 13-3 win in six innings before outdueling the Saints 2-1 in the second contest.
  • Starting pitcher Alana Tabel threw 5.2 innings in the second contest, striking out five batters while limiting Flagler to a lone run.  The junior sports a 1.29 earned run average after a strong opening performance.
  • Sophomore Rachael Heath batted 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI and a home run on the day.  Senior Torrie Weindorf picked up two hits and three RBI while hitting a homer to her credit.
  • Catcher Tori Thomas and Ciera Schumaker each recorded three hits, as the latter added three RBI in the first game.
  • Senior hurler Ashley Ehlers pitched a six inning, complete game win over the Saints, surrendering three runs while striking out seven batters.  Freshman Samantha Tyler earned a save in the second contest, finishing Tabel’s gem to complete the sweep.
  • The Lions will face six opponents over the three day tournament, as Saint Leo participates in the latest edition of the Eckerd College Tournament.

  Baseball vs. Salem International

Where: Thomas B. Southard Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 3-0 | SIU 0-3
Website: SLU | SIU
Coverage Links: 
Friday, 2/6 at 7:00 pm: Live Stats | Live Video
Saturday, 2/7 at 6:00 pm: Live Stats
Sunday, 2/8 at 1:00 pm: Live Stats | Live Video

Game Notes

  • Saint Leo University baseball is 3-0 in the new 2015 season after sweeping Tusculum College in the season opener. They take on 0-3 Salem International University Tigers who dropped its opening series to Armstrong State.
  • Left-handed pitcher Jordan Taylor earned Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance. His stat line was 7.0 innings pitched, four hits, two runs given up (zero earned), zero walks, and five strikeouts. 62 of his 86 pitches went for strikes. The Saint Leo pitching staff has a combined 1.67 ERA.  Through three games they maintain a 4:1 K/BB ratio and average nearly seven strikeouts a game.
  • As a team, the Lions are batting .342 with nine homeruns. Of the 37 runs scored this season, 35 have been RBI. Troy Sieber leads the team with three homeruns and nine RBI.
  • First baseman/outfielder Nicco Lollio leads the Tigers in batting average at .333 going 3 for 9 in the first three games. Lollio and fellow teammate Colton Lankford have been invited to join the Hannibal Cavemen in the Prospect League.
  • Salem International University (formerly Salem-Teikyo University) resides in Salem, West Virginia. They are members of the Great-Midwest Athletic Conference. Later this season Saint Leo will play Ohio Valley University of the same conference. Trevecca Nazarene University has won the G-MAC conference championship the last two seasons. In their first season in the G-MAC, SIU finished last with an overall record of 9-42.
  • The Lions are coached by Sean O’Connor in his third season with Saint Leo. The Tigers are coached by Shawn Pynn in his third season as manager.

Saturday, February 7

  Tennis at Armstrong State - 10:00 a.m.

Where: Armstrong Tennis Complex, Savannah, Ga.
Website: SLU | ASU

Game Notes

  • Head coach Chris Frusci enters his first season at the helm of the Lions’ tennis program, as the former NYIT coach brings his expertise to the Sunshine State.  Frusci guided the Bears to a 21-6 record and a perfect 6-0 in conference while his former women’s squad ended last season 25-6 and 8-0 in conference.
  • The men’s squad added depth in the offseason with the additions of freshmen Netanel Alcabas and Jaime Bueno.  NYIT transfer Francisco Aparicio and Alex Theiler also have been added to the Lions roster.
  • Junior Pauline Helgesson returns after posting a 10-4 record and a 4-1 tally in SSC play as a sophomore.  Senior Maria Benkirane is a year removed from a strong 18-4 record and a 7-3 margin in conference action.
  • Armstrong State opens its season against the Lions after the women advanced to the Division II championship match, losing 5-4 to Barry University.  The men’s team concluded 2014 with a 20-7 record and NCAA National Semifinal loss to eventual national champion West Florida.

  Women's Basketball vs. No. 14 Rollins - 2 p.m.

Where: Marion Bowman Activities Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 7-13, 2-8 SSC | RC 17-2, 8-1 SSC
Website: SLU | RC
Coverage Links: Live Stats | Live Video

Game Notes

  • Women’s basketball fell 87-71 Wednesday evening at Florida Tech.  The Lions road woes continue as the team is 0-6 when away from home this season.
  • Freshman Mary Redmond continues her strong opening season with the Lions, posting 17 points against FIT.  The guard added six rebounds and three assists on her rounded effort while shooting 50% from beyond the arc.
  • Junior Chachi Guzman mirrored with 17 points to her credit as the fellow guard added six assists and three each of boards and steals.  The Miami, Fla. native is 41-for-47 from the charity stripe this season after converting a pristine 4-for-4 against the Panthers, Wednesday.
  • The No. 14 Tars battled Palm Beach Atlantic in a midweek showdown.  Rollins took the contest by an 82-73 final score as the balanced attack of the Tars led the team to victory. Five players on the Rollins roster reached double-digit points as Sarah Taylor led with 16 points. 
  • Two-time SSC Player of the Week Emmalee Schill turned a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.  The Forward added three blocks, two steals and an assist while converting a perfect seven trips to the free-throw line.
  • In the last meeting between the two teams, the Tars defeated the Green and Gold by a 70-47 final score.

  Men's Basketball vs. Rollins - 4 p.m.

Where: Marion Bowman Activities Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 11-11, 3-7 SSC | RC 7-13, 0-9 SSC
Website: SLU | RC
Coverage Links: Live Stats | Live Video

Game Notes

  • Saint Leo men’s hoops hosts Rollins College on Saturday at the Marion Bowman Activities Center. Tip-off will be at 4:00 p.m. The Lions posted a 57-54 overtime win over the Tars when the teams first met back on January 10, 2015, giving Saint Leo its fifth win over Rollins in the last nine meetings.
  • The Lions are coming off a 61-54 setback to Florida Tech on Wednesday night in Melbourne, Fla. Senior Ron Foxx paced Saint Leo with 21 points and eight rebounds, while senior Devin Crisosto netted 10 points and four boards. Senior Cale Girten came off the bench to tally 13 points with three three-pointers. The Green and Gold shot 39.6 percent from the field, while the host Panthers fired at a 45.5 percent clip including nine three-pointers.
  • With his 21 points versus Florida Tech, Foxx reached the 1,000-point mark for his career. The senior tallied 321 points during his two seasons at Miles College, and has amassed 679 points in his two seasons at Saint Leo. Foxx is currently fifth among SSC scoring leaders (15.7 ppg), and is seventh in free throw percentage (.854).
  • Saint Leo continues to sit atop the Division II statistical leaderboard in team free throw percentage, shooting .801 from the line. Individually, Foxx is ranked 46th in the nation in free throw percentage, and is 35th in the nation with 105 free throws made. The Lions are also ranked 11th among D-II leaders in scoring defense, allowing just 62.0 points per game.
  • Rollins is coming off an 86-65 loss at the hands of Palm Beach Atlantic – a defeat that extended the Tars’ winless streak to nine games. Jeff Merton paced the Tars with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor, while Sharif Almulla charted 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Sunday, February 8

  Women's Golf at the World Golf Invitational - All Day

Where: Slammer & Squire Course (hosted by Flagler College), St. Augustine, Fla.
Website: SLU | FC

Game Notes

  • Saint Leo women’s golf returns to the links for the spring season at the Third Annual World Golf Invitational. The event is hosted by Flagler College at the par 72, 6010-yard World Golf Village Slammer & Squire Course on Sunday, Feb. 8, and Monday, Feb. 9.
  • The 17-team field features eight ranked Division II teams, including 13th-ranked Saint Leo. Top-ranked Florida Tech leads the field, along with fourth-ranked and defending champion Lynn University. Host Flagler is currently ranked third in Division II. Other ranked teams in the field include No. 2 Nova Southeastern, No. 11 West Florida, No. 12 Barry, and No. 22 Shorter University. Rounding out the field is Catawba College, Columbus State, Lander, Mount Olive, North Georgia, Tampa, West Georgia, and Young Harris College.
  • The Lions will be joined by a new face this spring with the addition of freshman Amanda Jakobsson, a highly touted junior player from Sweden.
  • Freshman Vilde Eriksen and sophomore Marie Coors pace the Lions with a 76.33 stroke average over nine rounds, with senior Clare Connolly close behind with a 76.89 stroke average over her nine rounds in the fall.

Monday, February 9

  Men's Golf at the Matlock Collegiate Classic - All Day

Where: Lone Palm Golf Course (hosted by Florida Southern College), St. Augustine, Fla.
Website: SLU | FSC

Game Notes

  • The Saint Leo men's golf team will open the 2015 spring season at the Matlock Invitational, hosted by Florida Southern at Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla. 
  • The Lions closed the fall season ranked 9th by Golfstat. The poll was released on November 18. Based on analytic data, the GolfStat rankings compare programs through adjusted scoring average, adjusted fifth score for each program, and comparative record and winning percentage versus all opponents. Similar analytics against teams among the top 25 are also used in the ranking.
  • ​The Matlock Invitational will feature nine teams in the Top-20 NCAA DII Golfstat rankings including Nova Southeastern (1st), South Carolina-Aiken (2nd), Barry (4th), Lynn (6th) and Columbus State (10th). 
  • Joey Savoie is Saint Leo's top returner. The sophomore averaged a score of 70.60 across 10 rounds in the fall. Ryan Gendron will also make his first spring appearance, and scored an average 72.00 in 10 fall rounds. Rounding out the five person travel party is Liam Ainsworth (73.90), Erick Alonso (75.80), ​ and Casey Bannon (75.00).  
  • The Matlock Invitational is the first of five spring tournaments for the Lions leading up to the Sunshine State Conference Championships April 12-14. 
  • Saint Leo will host the 2015 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Regional Championships May 4-6 at the Lake Jovita Country Club in Dade City, Fla. For Championship information please visit NCAA.com.

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