Jan 29, 2016
vs. Tampa | 3:00 pm
Where: Saint Leo University Aquatic Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
- Saint Leo hosts Tampa in a dual meet on Friday afternoon for Senior Day, honoring six student-athletes. Pawel Trenda, Evan Jacob, and Matheus Assis on the men's side and Stephanie Martinez, Isabella Bains, and Katie Sanacore on the women's will compete in their final meet in the Bowman Center Pool.
- Saint Leo swept the day in ther last meet on Wednesday, when competing at Florida Tech. The women's team beat out Florida Tech and Lynn, while the men took down FIT. Junior Nicole Weber recorded three individual first-place finishes to lead the Lions in the double-dual against Florida Tech and Lynn. Weber captured the 100 Breaststroke (1:04.16), the 200 Breaststroke (2:16.96), and the 400 Individual Medley (4:31.33), posting this season’s best time in the 400 IM for the Lions. All three of Weber’s times were within the NCAA “B” cut times. The Lions opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 400 Medley Relay (3:28.87) with the four-some of Trenda, Jacob, Matheus Assis, and Bains. Saint Leo’s team of Assis, sophomore Gabe Langner, Trenda, and Bains nearly won the 400 Free Relay as well, but came in second behind Florida Tech by .03 seconds.'
- The Lions last faced Tampa at the Tampa Relays back on Jan. 9. On the women's side, the Lions won the 400 Back Relay, the 400 Medley Relay, and the 400 IM relay. On the men's side, Saint Leo won a highly anticipated matchup against the Spartans in the 800 Free Relay to open the men’s meet. The team of Daniel Bis, Pawel Trenda, Matheus Assis, and Hunter Bains turned in a time of 6:56.64 – just over three seconds ahead of the squad from their archrival. The Lions were also victorious in the 500 SNARF (3 x 166) relay, with Bis, Jan Urbaniak, and Gabe Langner putting together a time of 5:07.59, nearly four seconds better than the Spartans. Saint Leo also finished first in the 400 IM Relay, with Assis, Evan Jacob, Trenda, and Bains touching the wall in 3:33.05.
- Meet Schedule:
200 Medley Relay
400 Free Relay
- The Lions host the University of Montevallo, out of the Peach Belt Conference, for an opening weekend three-game series.
- The Lions will start the season with a rotation of senior Michael Dunnigan, sophomore Jordan Pendleton, and redshirt junior Dylan Collett. Dunnigan, who went 7-2 last season, enters his final collegiate campaign with 21 wins – seven shy of setting a new Saint Leo career wins record. Pendleton, who posted a 7-1 record in 2015 with his only loss coming to eventual national champion Tampa, will try to match the accomplishments of a stellar freshman season when he finished with a 3.58 ERA. Collett, the only lefthander on the Saint Leo staff, was viewed by the coaching staff as someone they thought would be an impact performer last season – but it never happened. This season, said O'Connor, Collett has looked much better and should be ready to go.
- The infield will be anchored by junior Troy Sieber at first base. A First Team All-SSC, Second Team All-South Region honoree and a semifinalist for the 2015 Tino Martinez Award, Sieber belted 14 home runs with a team-leading 59 RBI. Defensively, he committed just seven errors in 338 chances at first, and was among the most sure-handed first basemen in the SSC.
- The Lions return one starter in the outfield in sophomore Lane Stancil, who started 14 games in left last season and seven in center. Stancil will start the season in left field, making way for redshirt sophomore Chad Miller, who played in 22 games in 2015, to start in center.
- The 2016 season has the potential to be the breakthrough campaign for the Lions, who bring more speed and more experience than they've had in past seasons. A total of 18 letterwinners, including four position starters and two starting pitchers, return to the lineup this season. Rounding out the roster will be 13 newcomers, including several junior college transfers who will jump right into the starting lineup.
- The Montevallo Falcons were predicted to finish 10th in the Peach Belt Conference standings this year following the release of the preseason coaches poll Jan. 27. Montevallo, which finished ninth in the conference standings a year ago, racked up 51 votes in the preseason coaches poll.
- The Falcons return six position players who started more than 20 contests a year ago and bring back two full-time members of the starting rotation and two others who started conference contests last season. Three members of the bullpen who pitched more than 25 innings also return.
- Right-handed pitcher Cody Hughes, a four-year member of the starting rotation and a member of the Falcons' nine-man senior class, will lead the weekend rotation as the Friday night starter. Hughes recorded a 3-3 mark on the mound with a 4.25 earned run average while registering 60 strikeouts and 28 walks in 72 innings across 12 starts last season.
- Sophomore Trent Higginbotham will start the second game in the series for Montevallo. Higginbotham is coming off a redshirt freshman season where he recorded a 2-2 mark and a 3.15 earned run average in 34 1/3 innings, including three starts.
- Freshman Jamison Roney will make his debut with the Falcons as the starter in the final game of the three-game series. Roney, who was named the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 3A Player of the Year a year ago, finished his senior season with a 9-1 mark on the mound with a 0.49 earned run average while recording 127 strikeouts in 72 innings as he helped Geneva High School reach the AHSAA Class 3A semifinals.
- The Saint Leo women's basketball team heads to Florida Southern on Saturday for an Sunshine State match-up. When these two teams last faced up, the Mocs got the upper hand, taking the game at Saint Leo, 82-73.
- In their last outing, the Lions fell 63-48 to Eckerd College on Wednesday evening. Chelsy Springs recorded her seventh double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
- On the season, Springs is averaging 17 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game. She is also shooting 53.0-percent from the field.
- Sophomore Mary Redmond has increased her productivity, averagin 8.1 points per game. She has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games, while completing that feat just three times in the 11 games prior.
- Florida Southern, who cracked the Top-25 this week, was held up at Barry on Wednesday, falling 62-54 on the road. Florida Southern was held to just 26.5-percent shooting.
- Mariah Harris leads the Mocs at 13.7 points per game, and grabs a team-high 6.1 rebounds. Jensen Blassage follows with 11.7 points and 3.76 assists per game.
- On average, the Mocs shhoot 44.5 percent from the field, and grab 36.9 rebounds. They also average 74.6 points per game, while holding their oppoenents to 64.8.
- The Saint Leo men’s basketball team travels to Florida Southern on Saturday night for an SSC matchup. Florida Southern comes into the game with a 4-6 record in the conference having lost their last game at Barry on Wednesday night 101-63. When the two teams met in December in Saint Leo, the Lions won with a final score of 91-89 erasing an 11 point deficit with 2:49 to play. Carter Belling, Caleb Stewart and Marcus Dewberry led the comeback with Belling scoring eight points, Dewberry with four and Stewart with three down the stretch as Saint Leo closed the game on an 15-2 run.
- The Lions are looking for their third road win as they enter Saturday’s game with a 2-5 road record, 2-3 in conference play. Saint Leo has three players averaging double-figures on the season in Marcus Dewberry (19.4 ppg), Caleb Stewart (15.4 ppg) and Tyreece Brice (14.3 ppg). In road game, Dewberry is averaging 21.7-points per game as Brice is second with 15.7 ppg and Stewart is at 11.8 ppg. The Lions are averaging as a team 81.9 points per game. With one of the conference’s best three point defense, Saint Leo is holding opponents to 25.8-percent in road contests, while shooting 39.7-percent themselves.
- In their previous game, Saint Leo took down No. 10/11 Eckerd at home on Wednesday evening with a score of 87-84 where the Lions, who with the victory, improves to 11-2 at home, were paced by the trio of Brice, Dewberry and Stewart, each scoring in double-figures. The major key to the game was that the Lions were able to hold the Tritons to just 3-of-16 shooting, 18.8-percent, from beyond the arc as Eckerd came into the game the best in the league at 40.3-percent.
- Saint Leo now leads the conference in both three point shooting and three point defense after their performance against Eckerd. The Lions shoot 39.4-percent from beyond the arc holding their opponents to 31.7-percent. Their defense will need to step up as the Mocs average conference best 11.5 three pointers per game on 37.2-percent shooting.
- The Mocs are led Dylan Travis on the season with a point per game average of 21.9. Dominique Williams, Sheldon Zablotny and Michael Volovic as the four guys average double-figures. Williams is second on the team at 19.2 ppg, Zablotny follows with a 12.8 and Volovic is close behind at 12.5. Travis is second in the conference averaging 21.9, with 24.1 ppg in conference play.