SAINT LEO, Fla. – Playing in their final regular season home game of the 2010 season, the Saint Leo lacrosse team laid claim to at least a share of their first regular season conference title as they defeated visiting Rollins College 9-5 in Deep South Conference action at University Field on Tuesday night.
Rebounding from the setback in South Carolina the last time they played, the Lions wasted little time in jumping out to a convincing lead when they went up 5-0 on the Tars in the first quarter. The first two goals that SLU scored came unassisted as both freshman George Proechel and senior Luke Baruch pierced the Rollins (3-8, 1-4 DSC) defense and zipped a shot past the Tars’ goalie for the 2-0 lead.
After just managing one goal in the first nine minutes of the first quarter in Proechel’s at 13:47, the Lions would then explode for four tallies in less than six minutes to take the five-goal lead.
Frank Keel would spin a pass from Kyle Marceau into the goal to notch the only score of the second quarter for either team as Saint Leo (10-2, 4-0 DSC) would take a 6-0 lead into the halftime.
Out of the break, the Green & Gold would stretch the lead to 7-0 before Rollins finally managed to slip a shot past SLU goalie David Erdman with seven minutes left in the third quarter.
That goal would spark the Tars to outscore the Lions 5-2 through the remainder, but Erdman, Pat LoGiudice, Jeff Conroy and Ryan Askerberg solidified a defensive showing that withstood the Rollins rally.
Saint Leo saw Proechel, Baruch and Cole Seija each post two goals in the win as Proechel also had two assists.
Rollins spread their scoring around as five different players scored goals for the visitors from Winter Park.
Mike Del Buono had another solid night in the face-off as he went 14-of-17 with 10 ground balls.
Erdman had another outstanding showing in goal with 18 saves, many at point-blank range.
Rollins goalie, Zach Cole, finished with 17 saves in the losing effort.
Finishing their home slate with an undefeated record, the Lions will look to claim the outright Deep South Conference regular season championship as they travel to Lakeland, Fla. to close out the regular season with a conference game against Florida Southern. The Lions and Mocs will square off at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.