Friday, March 13
Track at USF Invitational - All Day
Where: USF Track & Field Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
- The Saint Leo men's and women's track teams open the 2015 outdoor track and field campaign Friday at the USF Invitational. The Lions will race at the USF Track & Field Stadium against a strong field full of Division I & II competition.
- The Sunshine State Conference will have a strong presence at the invitational. Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Nova Southeastern, Tampa will join Saint Leo as DII representatives.
- All running events will be held on Friday. The 3,000m steeplechase kicks off the rolling schedule at 11 a.m. followed by the 4x100m relay, 1,500m run, 100m dash, 400m dash, 100m dash, 800m run, 400m hurdles, 200m dash, 3,000m run and 4x400m relay.
- Saint Leo will send 14 members of the women's team and 14 athletes from the men's team.
Softball hosts March Tournament - All Weekend
- The Saint Leo softball team is set to host its second tournament of the season after sweeping American International in its Wednesday doubleheader. The Lions used a 21-hit/17-run attack to oust the visiting Yellow Jackets.
- Senior Angela Kafalas pummeled a pair of home runs in the first game before adding a RBI single in the nightcap to end the day with three hits and three RBI. The offensive player leads the squad with five home runs on the season.
- First-baseman Michelle George ravaged the Yellow Jackets in game two, posting a perfect 3-for-3 outing while plating four runs to increase her team-best 27 RBI for the 2015 campaign. The sophomore also holds the team-lead in hits with 31 through 25 games.
- Senior McKenzie Burns continues to pad her program-best steals mark, swiping 20 bases this season and pushing the Saint Leo record to 127 in her career. The centerfielder is second in career runs (140) and walks (69) in her four seasons with the Green and Gold.
- The Saint Leo pitching staff is sporting a team ERA of 1.72, highlighted by junior Alana Tabel’s 1.23 ERA. The right-hander is 8-2 on the season across 57 innings of work, limiting opponents to 10 earned runs while striking out 60 batters. Senior Ashley Ehlers (5-4, 2.32 ERA) leads the team in strikeouts, fanning 73 batters in 54.1 innings.
- The weekend tournament marks the conclusion of a 23-game home stand as the Lions will hit the road for eight games, including a pair of Sunshine State Conference series against Nova Southeastern and Florida Tech.
#14 Baseball vs. #9 Florida Tech - Series
Where: Thomas B. Southard Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 19-4, 0-3 SSC | FIT 19-1, 3-1 SSC
Website: SLU | FIT
Game 1, Fri. March 13 at 6pm: Live Stats | Video
Game 2, Sat. March 14 at 1pm: Live Stats | Video
Game 3, Sat. March 14 at 4pm: Live Stats | Video
- In a couple of midweek matchups, Lions baseball returned to their winning ways with a 24-2 victory over No. 29 Slippery Rock University and a 10-1 victory over Ohio Valley University.
- Sophomore third baseman Dylan Harris has hit safely in the last 20 games including 10 multi-hit games during that stretch. He is currently batting .429 with 16 RBI this season.
- Saint Leo will be matching up with the ninth ranked Florida Tech Panthers this weekend for their second SSC series of the season. Florida Tech is 19-1 this year and 3-1 in the SSC. In their latest game, Florida Tech beat Winona State 7-0 at home.
- The top hitter so far for the Panthers has been junior catcher Austin Allen. Allen is batting .449 so far this season with six home runs and 22 RBI.
- The Lions and Panthers are 5-5 in the last 10 meetings with Saint Leo taking the last four in a row.
Women's Lacrosse vs. #19 Belmont Abbey - 7 p.m.
- Saint Leo women’s lacrosse outlasted a pair of lightning delays and Merrimack College on Wednesday on its way to a 12-10 win over the Warriors. Kelsey Burns notched four goals for the Lions, while Katherine Larson added two more. Six players recorded one goal each.
- Senior Christina Minneci is pacing Saint Leo offensively with 11 goals and four assists for 15 points, while freshman Abbie Ross leads the Lions in goals with 13 this season. Ross has scored at least one goal in all six games this season, and is ranked 60th among Division II goals leaders. Saint Leo freshman have scored 19 of the Lions' 62 goals this season.
- Goalie Brittany Millsap has charted 43 saves this season for a .506 save percentage – second-best in the SSC, and 17th in the nation. The 43 saves ranks 12th among Division II statistical leaders.
- The Lions have been very solid defensively through their first six games; Saint Leo is 16th among Division II leaders in caused turnovers (10.50 per game), and the Lions’ 9.33 goals allowed is second in the SSC and 28th in the nation.
- Belmont Abbey College is ranked 19th in last week’s IWLCA Division II Top 20 coaches poll. The Crusaders have won five in a row, and are coming off a 15-1 victory over the University of Virginia at Wise. Belmont Abbey has outscored opponents 75-41 this season, and 34-3 over its last two games. Katy Connery leads the Crusaders with 18 goals and two assists for 20 points, while Katelin Glass has 14 goals this season.
Saturday, March 14
Tennis vs. ASA College - 12 p.m.
- The Saint Leo women’s tennis team battled No. 1 (NAIA) Georgia Gwinnett to a lightning-shortened 5-2 win on Wednesday. The Lions took a 2-1 lead into singles action before ending the match on a win from Paula Montoya.
- Maria Benkirane is 7-1 on the season including perfect marks as a No. 2 (4-0) and No. 3 (3-0). The senior’s lone blemish occurred in a fourth-flight matchup.
- Gabrielle Paul owns a pristine 5-0 record on the season for singles play, and a perfect 3-0 when teaming with Isabella Robbiani in doubles action.
- The men’s squad fell 5-1 in their matchup against top-ranked Georgia Gwinnett for its third loss of the season. The lone victory came in the top flight of doubles, as Alex Theiler and Bruno Sisti outdueled Matias Hatem and Luke Morland after a tightly contested 9-8 set, ending in favor of the Lions after a 7-5 tiebreaker.
- ASA College enters the matchup as the top-ranked junior college program in the country. The men’s squad enters the match after taking a pair of wins over NYIT and Adelphi. The women are fresh off a victory over Buffalo where they won 4-3.
Men's Lacrosse vs. Florida Tech - 1 p.m.
- The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team will open it's Sunshine State Conference slate at home against Florida Tech. The Lions will host the 5-1 Panthers Saturday at 1:00 pm.
- Junior Dave Moore leads the Sunshine State Conference with 12.80 saves per game and a 0.571 save percentage which ranks him 11th and 14th respectively in Division II.
- Junior Will Cothron leads Division II 14.40 ground balls per game and ranks 10th with Face-off win percentage (.660).
- The Panthers are on a three-game win streak, including an upset win over #15 Wheeling Jesuit on March 9th.
- Florida Tech is led by Jason Terry who leads the SSC with 3.75 goals per game. The Lions will also face one of the league's top goal keeps Eric Biller who leads the SSCU with a 9.33 goals against average.