Wednesday, April 1
#5 Women's Tennis at #45 Tampa - 3 p.m.
- The Saint Leo women’s tennis team returns to SSC action with a midweek matchup against No. 45 Tampa. The Lions have a 2-1 record in conference play, earning wins over Lynn and Florida Southern while dropping a contest to Nova Southeastern.
- The squad is led by No. 14 Isabella Robbiani, who has a 9-4 record in singles play and has two SSC Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week awards under her belt.
- Both Marine Beugre-Guyot and Pauline Helgesson each enter the meeting with a 10-1 singles record to lead the Lions.Â Gabrielle Paul owns a pristine 8-0 mark in singles action for a strong Saint Leo lineup.
- Tampa is led by Kelsey Matthews and Jenelle Morgan, as the duo sport singles records of 10-2 and 10-3, respectively. The Spartan’s top doubles tandem is Matthews and Kristen Mee who manage a 7-1 record.
- In the 2014 showdown, Saint Leo defeated Tampa by a 7-2 final score as the Lions dominated singles play with a 5-1 mark.
Women's Lacrosse vs. Tampa - 7 p.m.
- Saint Leo women’s lacrosse will be playing its first conference game in program history as it hosts the University of Tampa in its Sunshine State Conference debut. Tampa played its first SSC game in its season opener, dropping a 24-5 decision at Rollins College on February 8. The Tampa game opens a run of three games against SSC opponents over a six-day span.
- The Lions are coming off a 13-12 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne back on March 20, meaning Saint Leo women’s lacrosse will have enjoyed an 11-day break since its last contest. The Lions pulled to within one goal of the Bears with 8:18 left in the game, when Lenoir-Rhyne scored what proved to be the game winner 36 seconds later. A Saint Leo goal with under two minutes remaining again cut the margin to one goal, but the Lions would get no closer. Kelsey Burns paced the Green and Gold with five goals, while Caroline Fraser notched two goals and three assists.
- Freshman Abbie Ross currently leads Saint Leo in goals (22) and total points (24), and has scored at least one goal in each of the Lions’ 10 games this season.
- Tampa fell to Lenoir-Rhyne, 15-6, in its last outing on March 27 in Hickory, N.C. Amanda Voges tallied three goals, while Amanda Rom, Shannon Sweeney, and Natalie Carraway finished with one goal apiece. The Spartans, who are 5-8 this season, have dropped their last two contests and five of their last seven.
Thursday, April 2
Softball vs. #14 Rollins - Series
Where: University Softball Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 28-11, 4-8 SSC | RC 30-5, 11-4 SSC
Website: SLU | RC
Game 1, Thu. April 2 at 6pm: Live Stats
Game 2, Fri. April 3 at 12pm: Live Stats | Video
Game 3, Fri. April 3 at 2pm: Live Stats | Video
- The Saint Leo softball team looks to rebound after being swept by SSC foe Florida Tech in its previous matchup. The Lions were dealt a 1-0 loss in the first game before concluding a 12-inning marathon on the wrong side of a 3-2 tally. The Green and Gold finished the series with a 6-3 defeat as the Panthers took the series.
- Senior McKenzie Burns made history over the weekend, passing Tracy Roy (’97) for fifth in program history for career hits (189). The senior ranks second in both career runs (151) and walks (70) while setting the new record in stolen bases with 137 total across her four years of play. The centerfielder is batting .394 with 50 hits through 39 games this season, swiping 30 bases and scoring 41 runs.
- Fellow senior Adriana Sanders leads the team in batting average, hitting at a torrid .484 clip. The third-baseman also leads the team in RBI, plating 36 runners on the season.
- Junior Alana Tabel leads the pitching staff with a 1.00 ERA, ranking her first in the SSC and 12th in Division II. The right-hander sports a 12-4 record through 105 innings of work. The Saint Leo pitching staff ranks sixth in Division II in ERA with a team 1.49 mark.
- Rollins enters the series first in the SSC after taking its set against Barry University 2-1 over the weekend. The Tars used 12 runs to tackle the Saturday twin-bill after dropping the Friday night battle by a slim 1-0 margin.
- Brittany Johnson garnered SSC Softball Player of Week honors after guiding the Tars to a 6-1 record. The junior hit 11-for-21 across the six-game span, driving in six runs and crossing three times for Rollins.
#15 Baseball vs. #13 Lynn - Series
Where: Thomas B. Southard Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 27-6, 8-4 SSC | LYNN 25-7, 8-4 SSC
Website: SLU | LYNN
Game 1, Thu. April 2 at 6pm: Live Stats | Video
Game 2, Fri. April 3 at 1pm: Live Stats
Game 3, Fri. April 3 at 4pm: Live Stats
- Saint Leo baseball moved to 27-6 on the season and 8-4 in the Sunshine State Conference following a three game sweep of Rollins College in their previous outing. This is the seventh straight conference win for the Lions and eighth of the last nine SSC games.
- The Lions will be facing the #13 Fighting Knights of Lynn University who just took a series 2-1 from #3 Nova Southeastern in their last outing. Lynn is 25-7 overall with an 8-4 record in the SSC. The Lions are 4-2 in their last six meetings versus Lynn.
- The Green and Gold’s bats have been led lately by sophomore Troy Sieber who is currently on a 12-game hit streak. In the previous 12 games he has six multi-hit contests, seven doubles, two home runs, and 13 RBI. Junior outfielder John Borup leads the Knights with a .400 batting average. Having played in all 32 of Lynn’s games thus far, Borup has amassed 33 runs scored and 22 RBI.
- Senior captain Liam O’Sullivan picked up his team leading seventh win in game 2 of 3 against Rollins. O’Sullivan pitched his second complete game of the season holding the Tars to one run on five hits while striking out eight. Senior pitcher for the Knights Travis Connelly has tallied five wins and one complete game this season in nine appearances. Connelly sports a 2.66 ERA this season while leading Lynn with 50.2 innings pitched.
Friday, April 3
Track at Pepsi Florida Relays- All Day
Where: Pepsi Florida Relays (hosted by University of Florida and Embry-Riddle), Gainesville, Fla. and Daytona Beach, Fla.
- The men's and women's track teams will race Friday and Saturday in the Pepsi Florida Relays hosted by the University of Florida and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
- The women will race both Friday and Saturday at the Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic. Friday's competition will be strictly a collegiate meet, while Saturday's schedule will be sprinkled with high school events.
- Leading the women's team is Collette Rampf. Rampf raced against some of the best Division I competition last weekend at the Raleigh Relays and finished 10th in the 3000 meter steeple chase. The redshirt-freshman finished second in the second heat of the 3000 meter steeple chase, in 10:53.34, a provisional NCAA qualifying time in the event.
- Rampf is the first female to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track & FIeld Championships. Rampf cleared the 11:11.53 provisional standard by nearly 20 seconds, and was just under 20 seconds off the automatic qualifying standard of 10:27.95. Rampf's 3000 meters steeple chase time currently ranks fifth in Division II and would have made last years NCAA Championships.
- A handful of men will make the trip to Gainsville before joining the remainder of the team at Embry-Riddle. Joe Marrah, Rafal Matuszczak, Herns Aygemang-Duah, and Valentin Lenz were invited to compete at James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track. The running events will begin Friday at 10:00 am and conclude after the 5K at 9:30 pm.
- The Pepsi Florida Relays have grown in epic proportions from the small regional competitions on April Fools’ Day that featured 209 competitors, to one of the nation's premier track and field meets.
Women's Lacrosse at Rollins - 1 p.m.
- Saint Leo women’s lacrosse travels to Winter Park, Fla., to face the 10th-ranked Tars, opening a tough stretch of games for the Lions to close out the 2015 regular season; three of Saint Leo’s final five regular season games are against teams in the top ten of the IWLCA Division II Coaches poll.
- Rollins is coming off a 15-8 road loss to Florida Southern, a win that vaulted the Mocs into the No. 4 spot in this week’s Division II rankings. Kristina Coppolino and reserve Emily Eddowes each scored three goals for the Tars, while Alley Rhinehart and Tyler Thomas each picked up a goal. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Tars (8-3, 1-1 SSC), who are idle until the game against Saint Leo on Friday, April 3.
- The Lions are ranked 30th out of 92 teams in Division II in scoring defense, allowing just 10.10 goals per game, and are third in the SSC in that category. Saint Leo is benefitting from the solid play of goalie Brittany Millsap, whose .473 save percentage is 20th in all of Division II and second in the conference.
- Freshman Abbie Ross (22G, 2A, 24 Pts.) is eighth in the SSC in goals/game, and 10th in the league in total goals. Senior Christina Minneci (17G, 6A, 23 Pts.) is second on the team in both goals and points, while sophomore Kelsey Burns is close behind with 16 goals.
Saturday, April 4
Men's Lacrosse vs. Florida Southern - 7 p.m.
- The Saint Leo men's lacrosse regular season is drawing to a close and the Lions will return to University Turf Stadium for the final time Saturday. Saint Leo will host Sunshine State Conference foe Florida Southern.
- In their last outing the Lions ran out of time despite a strong push in the final minutes to Tampa. Saint Leo held its nationally ranked opponent to 10 points and became the third team to hold the Spartans to 10 or fewer points this season. No. 1 Limestone held Tampa to seven points on Feb. 14 and Ithaca kept the Spartans at nine points on Mar. 10. Saint Leo also matched the lowest scoring margin for the Spartans this season in the one-point loss.
- Chad Marino led the Green and Gold last week with 12 points (seven goals, five assists). In the Lions win over Adams State, Marino dished out five assists and missed the single game assist record by one helper, a mark of six assists set in 2006 and reached again in 2009. Marino tallied five goals against Tampa, a career high.
- Saint Leo will recognize its seniors in a brief ceremony prior to the start of the game.
- Florida Southern (5-7, 1-2 SSC) enters Saturday's contest on a two-game win streak and have won three of its last four games. The Mocs are led by Dane Sorensen with 52 points this season (45 goals, seven assists).
- Saint Leo and Florida Southern have met six times in the Lions 10 year history, and the Mocs hold a 5-1 series edge. Saint Leo's lone win came in 2009 in the pairs first meeting.
Sunday, April 5
Women's Golf at Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate - All Day
Where: Mimosa Hills Country Club (hosted by Appalachian State), Morgantown, N.C.
- The Saint Leo women's golf team returns to action after a two-week hiatus at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate hosted by Appalachian State. The Lions will play the 36-holes at Mimosa Hills Country Club .
- Amanda Jakobsson, Marie Coors, Clare Connolly, Vilde Eriksen and Lauren Petty will be making the trip to Morgantown, N.C.
- At the Lady Bucs Invitational in March 16-17, a pair of Saint Leo women's golfers, Jakobsson and Connolly, earned top-20 status. Jakobsson was the top Saint Leo performer from start to finish, with a 74 in the first round and a team low 71 in the second. The freshman carded a third-round 77 to capture her second top-20 finish of the season and her lowest 54-hole score of her career. Jakobsson's second round 71 is also the lowest score by any Lion this season.