March 20, 2012

Lions Make it Two Straight With 14-10 Victory Over SCAD

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Freshman midfielder Alix Murray scored a goal and added a program best five assists as the Saint Leo University women's lacrosse team secured a two-game win streak with a 14-10 victory over Savannah College of Art & Design on Tuesday afternoon at University Field.

Murray's game high six points on the afternoon helped lift the Lions to an overall mark of 3-6, while the Bees drop to 4-2 on the season.

Stephanie Marran led the game in goals with four, followed by Christina Minneci and Joanna Chadwick with a hat trick apiece.  Minneci added an assist to her three goals for four points on the day, while Cathryn Winslow tallied a two point game with a goal and an assist.  Ashlea Mann and Heather Hedrick rounded out the scoring efforts with a goal apiece as seven different Lions contributed to the victory.

The Bees were led by Kayla Nelson, whose two goal two assist performance tallied a SCAD high four points.  Alexis Spaide earned three points on the afternoon with a goal and two assists, while Britney Lukowski tallied two goals of her own.  In total, eight different players helped put points on the scoreboard for SCAD.

Saint Leo got the ball rolling in the first half with a goal from Joanna Chadwick 57 seconds into the contest thanks to an assist from Murray.  Even though the Lions held onto the momentum early in the game, SCAD evened the score at 1-1 with a goal from Charlotte Cutts three and a half minutes later, but Chadwick pulled the Green and Gold back into the lead on a free position shot with 24:43 on the clock.

Murray fed a pass to Winslow 39 seconds later to extend the Lions' advantage to 3-1, but a goal from Spaide broke Saint Leo's scoring streak.  Despite the break, Saint Leo kicked their play into high gear, scoring four straight, including three from Marran and an assist from Murray, to pull ahead 7-2 with 12:32 remaining before the half.

SCAD closed out the first period with three unanswered goals, whittling away at their deficit to secure a 7-5 score at the half, and then exploded into the second period with two more goals to knot the score at 7-7 with 27:52 on the clock.

A timeout called by the Lions helped the squad regroup, and with two successful free position shots from Hedrick and Minneci, Saint Leo pulled back into the lead, 9-7 with 24:12 to go.

SCAD fired right back with two goals within 15 seconds of each other to even the score at 9-9, but Marran struck again on a free position shot to give the Lions a slim one-goal advantage.  SCAD's Chelsea Barnardo earned a free position goal of her own with 14:37 on the clock, setting the score at 10-10, but it was the last time the Bees would put a ball between the pipes.

Saint Leo closed out the contest with four unanswered goals to secure their second-straight victory, and hand SCAD its second loss of the season.

The Saint Leo University women's lacrosse team returns to action on Thursday, March 22, when they host Erskine at University Field.  Game time against the Flying Fleet is slated for 7 p.m.  Fans who cannot make it to the game will be able to catch all of the action live at saintleolions.com.