SAINT LEO, Fla. – Finally opening the home portion of their schedule five games into the 2010 season, the Saint Leo lacrosse team did so in impressive fashion as they defeated visiting St. Andrews Presbyterian 18-9 in non-conference action on a chilly Friday evening at University Field.
The Lions were hunting for goals early as they had already hit the post in the first 60 seconds. It would take just another minute and a half before SLU was finally on the board when freshman George Proechel took a Kyle Marceau pass directly in front of the goal and blasted it past the goalie for the game’s first tally.
The Lions’ Luke Baruch got into the action at the 11:55 mark of the first quarter when he sliced through the St. Andrews defense and zipped the ball into the bottom of the goal for a 2-0 advantage. The Lions would stretch it to 3-0 behind a Joe Guerin from Nick Bova goal before St. Andrews would manage to tally their first score.
The Bobby Murray goal from the visiting Knights would be the only one for St. Andrews in the first quarter as Saint Leo saw Guerin and Marceau join Ray Ferrara in the scoring frenzy with the score 6-1 in the Lions favor at the horn.
The second quarter saw both teams score two goals each as SLU took an 8-3 advantage into the halftime.
Saint Leo came out of the break on fire as they score five goals in the first eight minutes, including blistering the Knights’ defense for three goals in a 65-second span with the final two coming from the tandem of Baruch and Proechel.
The Lions would earn an extra-man goal later in the quarter when SLU took advantage of an illegal body check penalty to see Marceau rack up his third goal of the night.
SLU allowed the visitors from Laurinburg, N.C. to outscore them in the final frame, but it was also an opportunity for Head Coach Brad Jorgensen to see some of his reserves get some playing time under their belts as the game was firmly in the Lions’ control.
The Lions were led by Baruch as he scored four goals in just seven shots and Marceau, the reigning DSC Player-of-the-Week, as he hit the back of the net three times. Proechel was also heavily involved in the Lions’ attack as he scored three times in just five shots.
Saint Leo’s Frank Keel and Cole Sieja also posted two goals each in the win, while Bova tallied three assists.
The stat of the night goes to face-off man Mike Del Buono, who seemingly had his way with the Knights’ face-off players. The junior was an astounding 20-for-25 in face-off attempts, going undefeated in the first quarter and only losing 1-of-5 attempts in the second period.
SLU goalie David Erdman faced 14 shots and earned seven saves while back-up Patrick Berry faced four shots in the final 10 minutes and made two saves.
Junior Riley Fink held the hot-hand for the visitors as he scored three goals and added an assist in the losing effort.
The win over St. Andrews came at the beginning of a long home stand for SLU as the Lions prepare to play five more games at University Field over the next 20 days. The Lions’ next contest will be against Pfeiffer University on Sunday afternoon. The game is scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m. at University Field on the Saint Leo campus.