SAINT LEO, Fla. – After two consecutive games with top-10 teams, the Saint Leo lacrosse team was able to flex its muscles against visiting Southern New Hampshire University as the Lions dominated the Penmen 17-4 in non-conference action from a cool University Field on Tuesday evening.
In their final tuneup before traveling to Limestone for the gigantic South Region matchup, the Lions saw Cole Seija score the games first three goals to set the tone. The Lions (9-1) would answer the Penmen’s first goal with two more goals at they took a 5-1 lead into the second quarter.
Unlike their game against Mars Hills, where the Lions did not score in the second half, SLU would continue the pressure out of the halftime, scoring 10 times after the teams returned from the intermission.
On the defensive side, David Erdman was rock-solid in goal as he made 11 saves, with a number of shots coming point-blank, including another one-on-one opportunity as the game was winding down.
Seija was one of four Lions with three goals as he was joined by Kyle Marceau, Luke Baruch and Nick Bova as the game’s leading scorers. Joe Guerin posted four assists and a goal as he finished as the night’s point-leader.
A physical game that saw both teams combine for 22 penalties totaling almost 20 minutes, saw the Lions also score two goals with the extra-man advantage while only allowing the visitors from Manchester, New Hampshire one goal in nine chances.
The Lions’ reigning Defensive Player of the Week, Mike Del Buono, went 13-for-23 on faceoffs and picked up seven ground balls.
Saint Leo now turns their attention to their biggest and most anticipated game this season as SLU will travel to South Carolina to face No. 4 Limestone on Saturday. The Lions and the Saints will get underway at 1:00 p.m. in Gaffney, S.C. in a contest that will determine the front-runner in the South Region of Division II.
Saturday’s game will be featured on Penn Atlantic Video and AudioCasts as well as LiveStats, all available through the Limestone College Network.