MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The journey just got a lot tougher for the Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team as the #12 Lions were dominated from the opening whistle as nine different players wearing the opposing jersey found the back of the net at least one time as host Pfeiffer University handed Saint Leo a 19-3 defeat on Sunday afternoon.
A 3-1 first quarter where Saint Leo’s (2-1) only goal came from the stick of Truett Valentine answered the first two Pfeiffer (2-1) tallies to keep the Lions within arm’s reach. It wasn’t until the second quarter that the hosts would gain some separation and the Falcons pulled away in the second 15 minutes outscoring SLU 6-0.
Just 27 seconds into the third quarter, Lions senior Evan Mills would try to give Saint Leo a little second half momentum with his goal to make it 9-2, but Pfeiffer again responded reeling off the next four grabbing a 13-2 lead. A short-handed goal at the 13:19 mark and a man-up score just 48 seconds later added to more of the Lions’ misery. The Falcons would strike two more times before Saint Leo’s Rob Van Bomel put home the Lions third and final goal of the afternoon with 6:13 left in the third.
Looking to recover from the program’s largest setback, the Lions will return to Saint Leo and open the home portion of their 2011 schedule when they face Notre Dame de Namur University in a week from Sunday. The game is scheduled to get underway at 2:00 p.m. on March 6 at University Field on the Saint Leo campus.