Lions open April with busy weekend of action

Lions open April with busy weekend of action

Friday, April 1




Saint Leo men’s and women’s track at Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic
Where: Daytona Beach, Fla. | ERAU Track Complex
When: April 1-2



  • Saint Leo men’s and women’s track heads up to Daytona Beach for Friday and Saturday competition in the Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic. The event will be held at the same site as the Sunshine State Conference Invitational on Saturday, April 16, when all the SSC track programs will compete against each other in an unofficial conference meet.
  • Friday’s slate begins at 1:30 p.m. with the field events, with track events starting at 4:00 p.m. and the last event starting at 9:30 p.m.
    Saturday’s schedule will see both the track and the field events commencing at 9:00 a.m.
  • Saint Leo will be competing mostly in the middle distance and distance events, with some representation in the sprints and relays. The Lions are currently slated to compete in the women’s 100m dash, women’s 4x800m relay, men’s 4x800m relay, women’s 1500m, men’s 1500m, women’s 200m dash, men’s 200m dash, women’s 5000m, men’s 5000m, men’s 10,000m, and women’s 400m dash. 




vs. Flagler (Doubleheader)
Where: University Softball Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla. 
When: Friday, April 1 - 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Coverage Links: Live Stats (G1) | Live Stats (G2) | Video


  • No. 7 Saint Leo enters the doubleheader with a 29-1 record where the visiting Flagler Saints are 20-21. The Lions enter on a 15 game win streak, and is 17-0 at home, where the Saints are on a one game skid and are 10-9 in away contests.
  • The Lions come into the matchup after taking three games at Barry on March 24th and 25th. Saint Leo won game one 10-0 (5 innings), game two 8-5 and game three 6-5. Stephanie Adkins picked up all three wins moving to 13-1 on the year.
  • After her performance in all three games, Adkins was named SSC Pitcher of the Week, for the third time this season. She pitched 12.2 innings giving up 11 hits, two runs, and one walk and struck out 11 batters over the three game span. With her 11 strikeouts, Adkins moved over the 100-strikeout mark on the year, entering this weekend with a 105 total.
  • On the year, Saint Leo is led by Adkins in the circle who owns a 0.49 ERA in 15 appearances and 86.1 innings pitched, for a 13-1 record. Rachael Heath leads the way from the box with a .424 batting average with 29 runs scored, 10 RBI and is 23-for-26 on the base paths in stolen bases.
  • Flagler enters the matchup after splitting their last outing with Lander, winning game one 9-2 and losing game two 7-3. The Saints are led by Tinsley Smith in the circle with a 2.32 ERA on 78.1 innings pitched as she owns a 3-3 record. Whitney Woodard leads the way for Flagler from the batter’s box with a .362 batting average with 31 runs scored, 17 RBI and is 23-for-24 in stolen bases. 



vs. Embry-Riddle (Three-game series)
 Thomas B. Southard Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla. 
When: Friday, April 1 - 6 p.m. // Saturday, April 2 - 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Links:  Live Stats (G1) | Live Stats (G2) | Live Stats (G3)


  • Saint Leo baseball steps out of the Sunshine State Conference loop for the final time this season with this weekend’s three-game series against Embry-Riddle. Currently provisional members of both the SSC and Division II, the Eagles will become a full member of both in 2017-18.
  • Troy Sieber (.427) and Alex Mata (.378) lead Saint Leo offensively. Sieber ranks among the SSC’s top five in average, slugging (2nd, .745), and on base pct. (2nd, .533), and is tied for fifth in the league in total hits (47). Mata is among conference leaders in RBI (T-7th, 32), and doubles (T-4th, 12).
  • The pitching staff is anchored by sophomore Jordan Pendleton, who brings a 6-2 record and 2.60 ERA into the weekend and is ranked second in the SSC in both wins and earned run average. Zach Whitaker (4-0, 3.72 ERA) is tied for seventh in the league in total strikeouts.
  • Embry-Riddle is coming off a series victory over No. 2 Tampa, after the Eagles captured games two and three by 8-7 and 11-10 scores. Kyle Zirbes is ERAU’s top hitter with a .362 average, along with 42 hits, 10 doubles, and 24 RBI. Jonathan Camp has also had a productive 2016 spring with team highs of 36 hits and 30 RBI. Corey Tufts anchored the pitching staff with a 6-1 record and a 3.27 ERA over 63.1 innings in 10 appearances.




at Florida Tech | 7 PM
Where: Panther Stadium | Melbourne, Fla.
Records: SLU 7-2 | FIT 5-4
Coverage Links: Live Stats  | Video


  • The No. 19 Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team hits the road for just the second time this season as they head to Florida Tech for a Sunshine State Conference showdown.
  • The Lions enter the match-up with a 7-2 record, losing the conference opener in a heartbreaker to Rollins, 12-10. Dylan Yonts finished with four goals, and one assist, while Jake Gilmour finished with four assists and one goal.
  • Yonts currently leads the nation in goals per game, averaging 4.78, while Gilmour is second in the nation in assists per game, averaging 3.11.
  • The Lions’ main face-off guy, Will Cothron, is currently fourth in the nation in face-off winning percentage, holding 69.0-percent, while falling in at 6th in ground balls per game at 8.78. He leads the Sunshine State Conference in both those categories.
  • Florida Tech comes into the game having lost their SSC opener as well, falling to Florida Southern, 12-5. The Panthers are sitting at 5-4 currently.
  • Defensively, Addison Abramson leads the SSC in caused turnovers per game, averaging 1.78 per game. Offensively, three different players have scored double-digit goals, led by Austen Zugelter who has 15 goals. Cody Martin follows with 13 goals, adding six assists to be the leading point scorer with 19. Brian Bacarella added 12 goals and five assists so far, for 17 points. 


Saturday, April 2



at No. 3 Lindenwood | 1 PM
 University Turf Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: SLU 2-7 | LU 10-2
Coverage Links: Live Stats | Video


  • The Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team will host No. 3 Lindenwood (Mo.) on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Lions dropped a close game with Southern Connecticut the last time out, falling 8-6. Saint Leo was led offensively by Abbie Ross with two goals, going 1-1 on free position attempts. Kelly Smigiera, Anna Tamayo and Maddie Ozog all recorded their first season goal during the non-conference match-up, while Jennifer Doyle added her sixth of the season.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Rebecca Halley has recorded 83 saves on the season, good for second in the SSC.
  • Offensively, Kelsey Burns, Abbie Ross, and Kaylah Walstad lead the Lions. Burns has scored 15 goals, adding three assists for 18 points, while Ross has scored 14 goals, also adding three assists, for 17 points. Walstad follows with 16 points on 11 goals and five assists.
  • The Lindenwood Lions enter with a 10-2 record, but are currently on a two-game losing streak falling to Rollins, 12-11, and Florida Southern, 10-9 in overtime.
  • Lindenwood averages 13.95 goals per game on 31 shots per game. They have eight players who have scored double digit goals on the season, including Amanda Schimpke, who has tallied 25 goals. 


Sunday, April 3




vs. Lynn | 10 AM
Where: Saint Leo Tennis Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Women's Live Stats | Men's Live Stats 


  • The Saint Leo men’s and women’s tennis teams hit the road to take on SSC foe Lynn on Sunday. The No. 3 Saint Leo women’s team will take on the No. 5 Lynn Fighting Knights, while on the men’s side, it will be a battle between the No. 2 Lions and the No. 9 Fighting Knights.
  • The women’s team is coming off its second SSC win, taking down Tampa, 8-1. The Lions used a 3-0 sweep of doubles to start things off, and saw Isabella Robbiani add a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win, and Marine Beugre-Guyot added a 6-1, 6-0 win to seal the match.
  • The match with No. 5 Lynn marks the fourth match with a Top-10 opponent, and the ninth with a Top-25 opponent. The Lions are 8-1 in those matches, with the lone loss coming to Flagler back in February.
  • The men’s team is coming off a 7-2 win over SSC foe Rollins. The Lions are now 13-1, 2-0 SSC. Saint Leo opened with a 3-0 sweep in doubles and saw win in the No. 3 and 1 singles seal the match.
  • The Lions are now 8-1 against Top-25 opponents, with their lone loss coming to the new No. 1 team in the nation, Hawaii Pacific. The match with Lynn is also the first of three-straight matches versus Top-10 opponents, as the Lions follow with home matches versus No. 7 Barry and No. 5 Landers.  


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