SAINT LEO, Fla. – It was a record-setting day for the Saint Leo women's lacrosse team as the Lions claimed their first home victory in program history with a 19-14 win over Indiana Tech on Sunday afternoon at University Field. The win advances the Lions' record to 2-6, while the Warriors drop to 2-1 on the season.
Freshman Brittany Millsap kept the Lions in contention with a career-high 19 saves on the day, including 11 in the second half.
A total of nine different players contributed to the scoring efforts for Saint Leo, with five posting new career bests for their efforts.
Stephanie Marran had a career day with a new best in goals and assists, scoring six goals and adding an assist for seven points overall.
Alix Murray netted a new best with five points, tallying the second hat trick of her career and adding a new best with two assists. Joanna Chadwick and Ashlea Mann also earned career highs with the first hat tricks of their careers, with Mann adding an assist for a new high of four points in a game.
The Warriors were led by Kendall Guthrie and Autumn McMillin with a hat trick each. Guthrie added an assist to her scoring efforts for four points on the day. In cage for Indiana Tech, Ashley elvey and Madie Berg split time, collectively earning 10 saves while allowing 19 goals. Elvey set aside eight shots in the first half, and one in the second.
Indiana Tech scored first, with a goal a shade over a minute into the contest, but the Lions pulled ahead 2-1 with goals from Viscomi and Chadwick. The Warriors knotted the score at 2-2 with a goal from Autumn McMillin on a free position shot, igniting a four goal run that left the Lions in a 5-2 hole with 14:31 on the clock.
Mann grabbed a feed from Murray 14 seconds later to pull the Lions to within two, 5-3, but another goal from Indiana Tech extended their lead back out to three with 10:49 before the half.
The Lions were not about to back down and rattled off four unanswered goals to pull into a 7-6 lead with 3:57 to go before the break, but a goal from Indiana Tech's Chelsea Olson 14 seconds later evened the score at 7-7 at the half.
Both teams traded blows to open the second stanza, setting the scoreboard at 8-8 with 27:33 to go. But the Lions pounced and fired off four consecutive goals, including two from Marran, to extend their advantage to 12-8 with 22:21 left.
The Warriors fought back and scored three straight to pull to within one, 12-11, with 15:38 on the clock, But Tanner broke the run at 14:01, and Murray found the sweet spot on two straight shots to pull the Lions ahead by a score of 15-11 with 12:54 remaining.
Both teams battled back and forth over the ensuing six minutes, setting the score at 17-14 with 6:22 to go in the game, but two more goals from Saint Leo secured the Lions first victory on their home field, 19-14.
Indiana Tech led the shot count 45-35, but as well as the total tally for shots on cage, 33-29, but the Lions dominated the Warriors in the ground ball battle, 34-15. Joanna Chadwick led the game with six ground balls, followed by Millsap with five, and Marran, Porcher, Minneci and Cathryn Winslow with four apiece.
The Lions won 13-of-34 draw controls, including seven by Marran, and were successful on 19-of-22 clear attempts. The Lions found the back of the net on 4-of-5 free position shots, and a staunch defense held the Warriors to just three goals on 10 free-position attempts.
The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team returns to action on Tuesday, March 20, when they host SCAD. Game time against the Bees is slated for 5 p.m. at University Field. Fans who cannot make it to the game can catch all of the action live at saintleolions.com.