SAINT LEO, Fla. – For the third straight week Saint Leo volleyball player Kaitlin McKenna has claimed the female side of the Saint Leo Athlete of the Week, this time she is joined by men’s soccer goalkeeper Erik Mozzo as they claim the weekly awards for the span ending September 27, 2009.
McKenna, who is coming off repeat honors as the top player in both the University and the Sunshine State Conference, simply dominated this week’s opponents. In two matches against tough SSC competition in Lynn and Barry, the Farmington Hills, Mich. native posted a surreal .615 attack average, including a 12-of-16 performance against Barry where she hit .750. For the week, the junior averaged 3.71 kills and .70 blocks per set. She totaled 26 kills and only two errors in 39 attempts. She spearheaded a Lions attack that hit .314 for the week and stayed undefeated in conference play.
Despite the rough week for Saint Leo men’s soccer, Mozzo showed great poise in goal despite his freshman standing. In facing Flagler and 15th-ranked Rollins, the native of Beaufort, S.C. only allowed a single goal in each contest and made five saves. In 180 minutes of action, the Saint Leo defense, including Mozzo held opponents to just 16 shots toward goal, and seven that carried between the posts. Mozzo’s performance was, unfortunately, for not, as the Lions offensive effort was stifled by both teams, with the lone goals in each contest becoming the decisive tally in the 0-2 week.
After last week’s busy homestand, with every team playing twice in the friendly confines, this week sees men’s soccer and volleyball head to St. Petersburg to face Eckerd on Tuesday and Wednesday nights respectively. Women’s soccer has over a week to rest before welcoming Florida Tech to University Field on Saturday evening. They will kick things off at 5:00 p.m. before the men take on the Panthers at 7:00 p.m.
Following a two-week hiatus, the Saint Leo men’s and women’s cross country teams will be back in action on Friday afternoon as they travel to Titusville, Fla. to compete in the flrunners.com Invitational.