April 11, 2013

Lions Set to Clash with Spartans Tonight in DSC Tournament Semifinal Action

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men's lacrosse team takes to the turf tonight in a Deep South Conference Tournament Semifinal showdown, squaring off against the University of Tampa Spartans at 8 p.m. at the Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex.  Tickets will be available at the gate for $5. Children 13 and under are free.

Directions to the Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex: From Interstate 275, exit at Ashley Street/Downtown West. You are now on Ashley St. Turn right at the first traffic light, Tyler. Tyler merges into Cass as you cross the Cass Street Bridge. Turn left at the next light (North Boulevard) and turn right at Kennedy Blvd. The stadium is on the right. The complex is located on Kennedy Blvd., between North Blvd., and Willow Street.

The Lions advance to the semifinals after earning a 10-6 win over Florida Southern on Tuesday.  Led in scoring by Deep South Conference Co-Player of the Year Matt Obermeyer with 29 goals and five assists, the Lions have earned an 8-4 overall record, and went 5-2 in DSC regular season action.   First Team All-DSC player Chris Caiazza sits second on the team in scoring with 25 goals and six assists, followed by another fellow first-team selection, George Proechel, who has netted 18 goals and nine assists.

Freshman Dave Moore leads the Lions in cage, posting 150 saves and racking up a .605 save percentage, allowing only 98 while facing 489 shots and 270 shots on target.

Tampa enters into tonight's contest with a 9-4 record, and are led by Greg Griffo with 23 goals and five assists. 

This game marks the second matchup for the Lions and Spartans this season.  In February, Saint Leo picked up a hard-fought 8-7 overtime thriller over the Spartans, kicking off a seven game win streak.  Caiazza stymied the Spartan defense back on the 23rd, scoring five goals to help lift the Lions to victory.  Moore had an unbelievable day between the pipes, making 21 saves, including six in the fourth quarter, to earn the win.

The winner of tonight's game will play the winner of the Catawba- Lenoir-Rhyne game in the Deep South Conference Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.  This year's tournament championship is hosted at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field on the campus of Rollins College.  Fans can follow all of the action live by clicking HERE.