13 home contests highlight packed weekend for the Lions

13 home contests highlight packed weekend for the Lions

Friday, March 6

  #8 Men's Tennis at #37 Palm Beach Atlantic - 4 p.m.

Where: Rinker Athletic Campus, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Record: SLU 6-1 | PBA 4-2
Website: SLU | PBA

Game Notes

  • The men’s tennis team is fresh off an upset win over No. 4 Concordia (N.Y.) on Tuesday afternoon.  The Lions took a 6-3 win as Egor Panyushkin outdueled No. 35 Benas Majauskas in a 6-1/6-1 sweep while Bruno Sisti battled No. 31 Rafael Ferreira to a 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9) win to pull off the upset.
  • Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio improved to 7-0 on the season, clinching his second match of the season against Concordia. The senior clinched another upset win over then No. 7 Lynn University to propel the Lions to the No. 8 team in Division II, up six spots from No. 14 in the preseason ranking.
  • PBA enters the match ranked No. 37 in the nation after stumbling to a 2-2 start to the season.

  Women's Lacrosse vs. Pfeiffer - 4 p.m.

Where: University Turf Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 2-1 | PU 2-1
Website: SLU | PU
Coverage Links: Live Stats | Video

Game Notes

  • The women’s lacrosse team edged Gannon University 11-10 on Wednesday evening, pushing its overall record to 2-1 on the season.  Midfielders Abbie Ross and Allie Sheftall each netted a pair of goals while attacker Emily Pittenger scored two to her credit. Senior Christina Minneci led all players with a hat-trick, adding an assist converting a perfect 3-for-3 of her shots.  The trio of goals pushes Minneci over the 100 point threshold, representing the first student-athlete in program history to acheive the feat.
  • Goalkeeper Kaylyn Kearns earned her first win of the season, starting the second half in the net against Gannon.  The sophomore notched six saves and sealed the Lions victory.
  • Minneci leads the Lions in scoring with eight goals on the season.  Combined with her three assists, the midfielder has 11 points through three games to begin 2015.  The senior is ranked fourth in Division II in caused turnovers per game, averaging 3.50.
  • The Lions are second in the nation in caused turnovers, averaging 13.00 per contest.
  • Saint Leo freshman have scored eight of the Lions' 30 goals this season.
  • The Falcons enter the match 2-2 after a dominating 19-1 victory over Emmanuel for its most recent contest.  Gracie Herbert and Kristi Korn each netted three goals to lead the Falcons.

  Softball  vs. Tampa - Series

Where: University Softball Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 13-5, 0-3 SSC | UT 11-5, 1-2 SSC
Website: SLU | UT
Coverage Links: 
Game 1, Friday March 6, 6pm: Live Stats
Game 2, Saturday March 7, 1pm: Live Stats | Video
Game 3, Saturday March 7, 4pm: Live Stats | Video

Game Notes

  • The softball team will seek redemption after being swept by Barry University to begin SSC play.  The Lions will meet ranked foe Tampa for a weekend set as the Spartans will trek to University Softball Stadium.
  • Senior Adriana Sanders leads the Green and Gold, batting .533 on the season with 16 RBI and seven runs scored.  The third-baseman hit her first home run of the season in a 5-1 loss to Barry on Monday, representing the only run of the game for the Lions.
  • Centerfielder McKenzie Burns has 24 hits across 18 games, swiping 16 bases and scoring 22 runs for Saint Leo. The senior is the program leader in stolen bases, notching 123 over her four-year career.
  • Tampa is led by All-American pitcher Julia Morrow, as the senior sports an 8-2 record across 71.2 innings.  The right-hander has 116 strikeouts and a pristine 1.56 ERA as the Spartan ace.
  • Meagan Burke leads the UT lineup, posting a .404 batting clip with 10 RBI and a pair of home runs.
  • Last season, Tampa swept its series against Saint Leo, edging the Lions 6-2 across three games.

  #14 Baseball vs. #8 Nova Southeastern - Series

Where: Thomas B. Southard Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 17-1, 0-0 SSC | NSU 12-3, 0-0 SSC
Website: SLU | NSU
Coverage Links:
Game 1, Friday March 6, 6pm: Live Stats | Video
Game 2, Saturday March 7, 1pm: Live Stats
Game 3, Saturday March 7, 4pm: Live Stats

Game Notes

  • Saint Leo baseball is 17-1 after defeating Saint Anselm College 6-2 in their last game. The Lions are on an 11 game home-win streak to start the season.
  • In the latest polls from D2 Baseball News and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Saint Leo moved up from their previous rankings. In the D2 Baseball News poll they were previously ranked 13 and are now up to 10. In the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, the Lions were previously 28 and jumped up to 14. Both D2 Baseball News and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has Saint Leo as being ranked third overall in the South Region.
  • Saint Leo will open their conference play against ranked opponent Nova Southeastern. Nova is 13-3 on the season. The Sharks are also currently ranked 13 in the D2 Baseball News poll and 8 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. Nova Southeastern has won 9 of the last 12 against the Lions.
  • As of March 3, 2015, Saint Leo led the nation in hits (223), runs scored (177), and home runs (29).  Sophomore Troy Sieber was tied for first in the nation in RBI (29). Pitching duo Michael Dunnigan and Liam O’Sullivan each had five wins to lead the nation as well.
  • Through 18 games, the Lions as a team are batting .343 and are limiting their opponents to a .254 average against while the Sharks through 16 games are batting .300 as a team and limiting their opponents to a .245 average against thus making a series that should serve as a good litmus test for both squads going into conference play.

  Men's Lacrosse vs. Shorter - 7 p.m.

Where: University Turf Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 2-1 | SU 2-3
Website: SLU | SU
Coverage Links: Live Stats

Game Notes

  • The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team returns to University Turf Stadium on the heels of the programs first upset of a ranked opponent since 2013. The Lions will host Shorter University Friday in the second half of a Lacrosse doubleheader. 
  • Freshman Jay Calcagno scored with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter to lift Saint Leo to an 8-7 victory over No. 10 Mount Olive Wednesday night. Calcagno turned in two goals, a career high for the newcomer.
  • Junior Dylan Yonts and freshman Jake Gilmour have combined 13 of the Lions 28 goals this season. Through three games, Yonts leads Saint Leo with eight points (eight goals) while Gilmour has collected seven (5 goals, 2 assists). 
  • The Hawks enter Friday's contest with a 2-3 record. Shorter lost to conference rival Rollins College in February in a 9-5 decision. Ben Janes leads the Hawks with 12 goals, and accounts for a quarter of Shorters offense. Alex Mallnowski leads the squad with 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists)
  • Friday's game marks just second time the pair will meet in regular season competition. Last season the Lions came away with a 13-5 road victory. 

Saturday, March 7

  Tennis at Barry - 12 p.m.

Where: Buccaneer Tennis Center, Miami Shores, Fla.
Men: #8 SLU 6-1, 2-0 SSC | #3 BU 6-0, 0-0 SSC
Women: #3 SLU 5-2, 2-1 SSC | #2 BU 5-1, 2-0 SSC
Website: SLU | BU

Game Notes

  • The Lions will face Division II tennis powerhouse, Barry University for a pair of dual matches Saturday afternoon.  The Barry women captured the 2014 NCAA Division II title a season ago and the men are ranked in the top-5 in the nation for the year.
  • In the Saint Leo men fell to the Bucs in the 2014 SSC Championship 5-0 while the women last faced Barry in the regular season, losing 7-2.

Sunday, March 8

  Tennis Doubleheader - All Day

Where: Saint Leo Tennis Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Men: #8 SLU 6-1 | MC 1-1 |  #27 USI 5-2
Women: #3 SLU 5-2 | MC 11-6 | SC 13-2
Website: SLU | MC | USI | SC

Game Notes

  • The tennis teams welcome Merrimack College, Stonehill College and the University of Southern Indiana.  The men are set for a doubleheader, concluding with a showdown against the No. 27 ranked USI Screaming Eagles.
  • The women twin-bill is set for a morning matchup against Merrimack before concluding the day with a contest facing Stonehill.  The women most recently fell to No. 10 Nova Southeastern University by a slim 5-4 margin.  The Lions will look to rebound will a full slate over the weekend.

  Men's Lacrosse vs. Mercy - 1 p.m.

Where: University Turf Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 2-1 | MC 3-1
Website: SLU | MC
Coverage Links: Live Stats | Video

Game Notes

  • Men's Lacrosse will remain at home for the third game of their five game homestand. The Lions will host No. 12 Mercy College Sunday for their third game against a ranked opponent in nine days. Saint Leo is 1-1 against Top-25 teams this season. 
  • ​The Lions average 9.33 goals per game and average 36.3 shots per game. 
  • Mercy enters Sunday's game with a 2-1 record. The Lions will be the first of a two-game swing against SSC opponents. 
  • The Mavericks are led by Jesse Wood with 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) ​ this season. Robert Rossi follows with 11 points (9 goals, 2 assists).
  • The Lions and the Mavericks will meet for the first time in Sunday's game at 1:00 pm. 

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