Saint Leo, Fla. (March 15, 2008) – The Saint Leo University lacrosse team (4-3) fell in heartbreaking fashion, as the Lions were defeated 9-8 by the visiting Pace University Setters (1-2) on Saturday afternoon at University Field.
Leading the way for Saint Leo was Chris Storrie (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) who registered three goals. Ben Brigham (Jr., Scituate, Mass.) and Kyle Marceau (Concord, N.H.) added to the scoring with a goal and assist apiece for Saint Leo.
The Lions quickly took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on goals from Evan Mills (Fr., Wesley Chapel, Fla.), Storrie and Greg Geiss (Fr., Syracuse, N.Y.). However, Pace answered with five unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead at half-time.
Pace came out of the tunnel and built to its lead with a pair of goals in the third quarter. Storrie netted his second goal of the game in between the Setters’ third quarter goals, but it was still a 7-4 for the visitors heading into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was dominated by the Lions, who mounted a comeback attempt near the end of regulation. The Lions pulled to within a goal after three late tallies, but could not tie the score in the final 2:44 of the contest.
Blake Barnett (Fr., Florrisan, Mo.) faced 31 shots and made 9 saves in his first career start for the Lions. Pace goalie Timothy Matheis made 10 saves in net for the visitors.
The Saint Leo lacrosse team returns to action on Tuesday, March 18 to play at home against visiting Franklin Pierce University. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.