WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo lacrosse team kicked off the 2010 season and the defense of their Deep South Conference Tournament title as they traveled to Rollins and handed the host Tars a 14-5 non-conference defeat on Saturday afternoon.
Despite the lopsided final score, Rollins (0-2) actually led by a score of 2-1 at the end of the first quarter and had a two-goal advantage with 9:19 to go before the break, but were unable to tame the Lions’ attack as they slowly tacked on 12-straight unanswered goals throughout the remainder of the contest.
Nearly shutting out the hosts in the second half, a tally from Matthew Lunnen with 1:44 remaining, closed the deficit to nine, but the Lions had already flexed their muscles.
Saint Leo saw a big opening day from senior attackman Joe Guerin, who racked-up five goals and an assist for six points overall to kick off his senior campaign. The Lions opened their 2010 slate on a high note, seeing scoring efforts from seven different players while four different individuals notched assists.
The Lions out-shot Rollins 45-22, but the Tars stayed close in ground balls with SLU leading the count 36-33. The Tars won 10-of-21 faceoffs thanks to newcomer Eric Schmit who went 7-for-9 with his counterpart Ty Trombley making good on 10-of-13 attempts.
Sophomore Austin Ricci led the Tars with two goals and an assist in the loss.
After getting a late start to their season, the Lions will more than make up for it over the next eight days as Saint Leo takes their longest road trip of the season. SLU will travel to North Carolina and face three opponents in six days. They will first face off against Deep South Conference opponent Wingate University on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.