LAURINBURG, NC – Led by four goals each from Jake McGuinness and Matt Obermeyer, the 12th-ranked Saint Leo lacrosse team defeated host St. Andrews Presbyterian 16-10 in NCAA lacrosse action from Knights Field on Friday afternoon.
Most of the Lions’ scoring occurred in the first half, and started nearly immediately. In fact, just four seconds into the game McGuinness ripped the ball past the Knights goalie for the first tally of the game.
SLU (2-0) would push the advantage to 4-0 before St. Andrews (0-2) managed to push a shot past Patrick Berry, the Saint Leo starting goalie with 6:30 left in the first quarter.
The lead would increase to 11-4 before halftime as the Lions took control of the contest.
Things got a bit nervous for the Lions in the second half as drew as close as 13-8, but as the game moved into the last period, the Lions scored three of the next four goals to tilt the game in their favor.
The reigning Conference Freshman of the Week again proved his worth as he punched in four key goals. McGuinness broke onto the scoring scene with four key transition goals as he was part of a strong offense.
On the defensive side, Patrick Berry was solid in goal making 10 saves in his season debut.
Winning 18-of-28 face-off opportunities, preseason all-America Mike Del Buono dominated from the face-off x. Along with his team-leading 15 groundballs, he would help push the Lions to their second win of the season.
Staying in North Carolina, the Lions will face Pfeiffer University on Sunday afternoon. The game will get underway at noon on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus.