SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team dropped their second-straight home game in a week’s time as the Lions fell to visiting 10th-ranked Queens University of Charlotte 11-7 in action at University Field on Wednesday evening.
It turned out to be a game dominated by the Queens (5-1) attack as they scored the first two goals of the game in the first four minutes. The Royals managed to push the lead to a commanding 5-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Saint Leo (4-3) would close the lead to 7-5 at halftime as they outscored Queens 4-2 in the second quarter. Goals from four different freshmen during that quarter put the Lions within reach of a comeback as the game headed into the second half.
The rally would never materialize as the visitors from Charlotte, NC outscored the Lions 4-2 in the entire second half, even blanking Saint Leo in the final quarter to solidify the win.
It was a game where the newcomers stepped up for the Lions as freshmen were responsible for all the goals scored by the Lions. Connor McBride was the only Saint Leo player to manage a multiple-goal effort with two goals while Dustin Goss scored a goal and had two assists.
Corey Geroy scored three goals in leading Queens to the win.
In an unusual sight, Saint Leo came up short not only on the scoreboard, but also in other areas Lions’ fans are used to seeing them hold the advantage. The Lions only won 8-of-21 faceoffs and successfully cleared just 19-of-25 chances. In addition to being outshot 38-to-36 and outgained in ground balls 34-to-30, the Lions committed 17 turnovers in the loss.
The Lions will now have ten days off before facing their toughest opponents of the 2011 season when they welcome the nation’s No. 2 team in Limestone College. The Lions and Saints are scheduled to get their contest underway at 7:00 p.m. on March 26th.