Monday, March 9
Women's Lacrosse vs. #20 Bloomsburg - 7 p.m.
- Saint Leo women’s lacrosse is coming off a 12-11 loss to Pfeiffer University, Friday afternoon at the University Turf Stadium. Abbie Ross scored three goals for the Lions, while Kelsey Burns and Christina Minneci each tallied a pair of goals. Pfeiffer tied the game in the final minute of both regulation and the first overtime period, before the Falcons posted the win in the sudden death second OT period. Both Saint Leo losses this season have been in double overtime.
- Minneci became the first Saint Leo to reach the 10-goal mark for the season, giving the senior 72 career goals and 32 assists for 104 career points. She has 10 goals and three assists for 13 points this season. Abbie Ross has eight goals, while Kelsey Burns has five goals and three assists for eight points. Alix Murray and Emily Pittenger each have four goals this season.
- Saint Leo freshman have scored 11 of the Lions' 41 goals this season.
- The Lions have been very solid defensively through their first four games; Saint Leo is eighth among Division II leaders in caused turnovers (11.25 per game), and the Lions’ 9.50 goals allowed is second in the SSC and 24th in the nation.
- Bloomsburg University was ranked 20th in last week’s IWLCA Division II Top 20 coaches poll, and will be playing their season opener tonight versus Saint Leo. The Huskies were slated to host Lake Erie College on Wednesday, but the game was cancelled due to snow and ice in Bloomsburg, Pa.
Tuesday, March 10
Softball vs. Lock Haven (DH) - 5 p.m.
- The Saint Leo softball team enters the doubleheader after taking its previous series 2-1 over rival Tampa. The Lions posted a 4-1 victory in the Friday night matchup before unloading a 17-3 trouncing to open up the Saturday twinbill. Tampa snuck away with a 3-2 win in the final game of the series.
- Senior Adriana Sanders totaled seven hits on the week, batting a torrid .538 clip with four RBI and a pair of stolen bases. The third-baseman slugged at a .923 mark, lacing a pair of doubles and solo home run in her four games.
- Offensive player Angela Kafalas sports a .457 batting average with 12 RBI this season. The senior is tied for the team-lead with two home runs in her 16 games of action.
- Lock Haven is suffering a five-game skid entering the Tuesday doubleheader. The Bald Eagles were dealt an 8-7 loss at the might of West Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday, pushing the team’s record to a 1-5 margin.
#14 Baseball vs. Slippery Rock - 7 p.m.
- Last time out the Saint Leo baseball team came up short in a weekend series against ranked conference opponent Nova Southeastern University. The Lions dropped all three games for their first home and conference losses of the season.
- On Tuesday evening, Saint Leo will face Slippery Rock University out of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), The Rock are 7-1 on the season. All games to this point have been either neutral site (4-0) or away (3-1).
- Through 21 games the Lions maintain a collective batting average of .330 while The Rock are hitting .331 through eight games.
- Over the weekend Sophomore Troy Sieber picked up his 31st RBI of the year which is among the top in the nation.
Wednesday, March 11
Tennis vs. Georgia Gwinnett - 3 p.m.
- The Saint Leo tennis teams enter the Wednesday matchup after sweeping their respective doubleheader opponents, Sunday. The men outdueled Merrimack by a 9-0 margin before tackling No. 27 Southern Indiana by a 7-2 final score.
- The women’s team swept both of its opponents without dropping a single set, defeating Merrimack 9-0 and then Stonehill in similar 9-0 fashion.
- Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio has improved to a nearly-perfect 9-1 record this season while the women are led by Isabella Robbiani’s 7-2 mark as the top court contender.
- The No. 1 (NAIA) Grizzly men’s squad is 5-1 on the year after suffering its first setback of the season to Division II No. 3 Barry on Sunday.Â GGC has defeated the No. 31-ranked USC-Aiken and former No. 8 Lander thus far this season. The Grizzly men are led by ITA NAIA No. 2 Jordan Cox while five total are named in the top-50.
- The No. 1 (NAIA) Grizzly women are 2-2 after sliding 6-3 to No. 2 Barry on Sunday.Â The GGC women suffered another loss to Division III No. 1 Emory as its other loss of the year. The women's squad is led by No. 4 (NAIA) Valeria Podda and has three members ranked in the ITA top-50.
Softball vs. American International (DH) - 5 p.m.
- Freshman Brittany Creamer tallied her second homer of the season, a game-winner over the leftfield fence off of Tampa’s All-American pitcher Julia Morrow to take the first game of the Tampa series. The shortstop has 11 RBI this season with seven extra-base hits to her credit.
- Junior Alana Tabel (7-1, 1.29 ERA) has led the squad in the circle, tossing 48.2 innings while striking out 49 and issuing 14 walks.
- The American International begins its season in Florida, facing Minnesota State-Mankato and St. Thomas Aquinas before meeting the Lions for a Wednesday doubleheader.
- In 2014, the Yellow Jackets were led by Haley Marchand who batted at a .311 clip while slugging two home runs and drove in 18 RBI as a senior.
#14 Baseball vs. Ohio Valley - 6 p.m.
- On Wednesday night in another neutral site game in Clearwater, Florida, the Saint Leo baseball team will take on Ohio Valley University. The Fighting Scots are 0-0 due to their first four games being cancelled thus far. Weather permitting they will play their first game March 9 in Clearwater.
- Ohio Valley is out of the GMAC conference, which also features Salem International whom Saint Leo swept earlier this season.
- Last season Ohio Valley finished sixth in the conference at 19-30 including a 4-7 neutral site record.
Women's Lacrosse vs. Merrimack - 7 p.m.
- Merrimack has one game under its belt – an 18-11 win over Findlay on March 3 in North Andover. The Warriors face UVa-Wise on Monday afternoon in Clearwater, Fla., prior to Wednesday’s game at University Turf Stadium.
- Hunter McCarthy paces the Warriors with four goals and three assists for seven points, while Valerie Dayton and Meghan Wiseman have each tallied three goals this season. Merrimack returns three of its top four goal scorers from a year ago who combined for 44 goals, but so far this season they have accounted for three of the Warriors’ 18 goals.
Thursday, March 12
#8 Men's Tennis at #13 Rollins - 3 p.m.
- The Saint Leo men’s tennis team will continue SSC play on the road against Rollins. In the last SSC meeting for the Lions, Saint Leo fell 6-1 to No. 3 Barry in a rain-shortened battle in Miami Shores, Fla.
- The Tars will enter the contest after hosting both Merrimack and Ferris State on Monday and Tuesday. In the last SSC contest, the Tars defeated Florida Southern College 8-1 on Feb. 25th.
- Rollins is led by No. 10 Anton Bettink who enters the contest with an 8-1 record. The Tars also have No. 38 Robin Marchione ranked in addition to the doubles tandem of Bettink and Adrian Di Felice ranked No. 19 in Division II.
Men's Lacrosse vs. Lees-McRae - 7 p.m.
- Saint Leo men's lacrosse returns to University Turf Stadium for its fourth game in a five game homestand Thursday. The Lions will host Lees-McRae at 7:00 pm.
- The Lions are on the heels of a 2-1 week, including an 8-7 upset of No. 10 Mount Olive last Tuesday.
- Junior Dylan Yonts led the Lions last week with 8 points. Saint Leo’s only loss came at the hands of #12 Mercy. Yonts averaged 2.33 goals, 0.33 assists and 7.33 shots per game. A precise shooter, Yonts averaged a .318 shooting percentage and a .682 shots on goal shooting percentage. Yonts currently leads Saint Leo with 15 points (14 goals, 1 assist) on the season.
- Junior Will Cothron turned in a .724 Faceoff percentage across three games. Cothron’s best game came in the Lions loss to #12 Mercy. The junior grabbed 19-of-25 decisions at the faceoff X. Cothron also grabbed a career high 25 ground balls against #12 Mercy, a school record that the junior broke earlier this season (16 GB at Coker, 2/14/15).
- The Lions are averaging 9.20 goals per game, and holding opponents to 9.61 goals per game.
- Thursday's contest will be the pairs third meeting and Saint Leo holds a 2-0 record against the Bobcats. The two teams last met on March 17, 2007 and the Lions downed Lees-McRae 17-5.
- Lees-McRae is 0-4 in 2015, and will play at SSC rival Florida Southern March 10th before entering the Lions Den. The Bobcats are led by Blaine Stottlar with 16 points (11 goals, 5 assists) this season.