SAINT LEO, Fla. – The 12th-ranked Catawba Indians came into University Field and handed the Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team their first home loss in nearly two years as the visitors dealt the Lions a 21-15 defeat in Deep South Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
It was a game that was decided in the second half as each team answered their opponent goal-for-goal up to a 9-9 halftime score.
The difference came in the second half. After Saint Leo (4-2, 2-1 DSC) scored the first two goals of the half to take an 11-9 lead Catawba (5-1, 2-0 DSC) figured out the Lions’ defense as they rolled out 12 of the game’s final 16 goals. The 36 goals turned out to be the highest combined final score in the history of the Saint Leo men’s lacrosse program, surpassing the 34 goals in the season-opening win over Rollins.
It marked the first time the Lions walked off their home field not as the victors since their 11-10 setback to Limestone on March 21, 2009. It also marked the first Deep South Conference setback since March 22, 2008 when the Lions dropped a 9-5 decision to Mars Hill.
It was another four goal effort for George Proechel as he attempted to keep the Lions in the game. Starting Saint Leo goalie Patrick Barry only managed 10 saves and allowed the 21 goals in picking up the loss.
Catawba’s Braden Artem went off the charts against SLU as he scored eight goals and had two assists.
The Lions will look to rebound when they face Queens University of Charlotte on Wednesday night. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at University Field on the Saint Leo campus.