SAINT LEO, Fla. - The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team won their third straight game, defeating Erskine College 10-8 on Thursday evening at Univerity Field. Setting a new program best for consecutive wins, the Lions came out on top thanks to a total team effort and smart play, advancing their overall record to 4-6 on the season. The Flying Fleet, in their fourth season as an NCAA program, drops to 2-8 on the season.
A balanced attack helped the Lions defeat their South Region opponent, led by Stephanie Marran with a game high five points as she tallied three goals and two assists on the evening. Alix Murray netted four points with a hat trick and an assist, followed by Joanna Chadwick with two goals of her own. Alyssa Viscomi and Ashlea Mann netted one goal each to complete the Lions' attacking efforts.
A spry and steadfast midfield unit helped Saint Leo put pressure on the Flying Fleet in all areas of the field. A staunch defensive squad that saw efforts from the entire team held Erskine to just 21 shots and 17 shots on frame. Brittany Millsap, who saw an entire 60 minutes between the pipes for the Lions, set aside nine shots while allowing just eight goals.
The Flying Fleet was led by Samantha Burns, who earned a team best four points with three goals and one assist. In cage, Kaitlyn Overley made 11 saves as she faced 29 shots, 21 of which were on target, from the Lions.
Erskine pulled out to a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game, but Marran put the Lions on the scoreboard on a free position shot at the 20:13 mark to set the score at 1-1. The ensuing 10 minutes remained scoreless for both teams, but a goal from Erskine's Alesia Jerrells snapped the drought and put the Flying Fleet up 2-1.
Murray netted two straight to give the Lions the lead with 4:11 before the half, and a free position goal from Mann at the 2:48 mark gave the Lions a 4-2 advantage at the half.
Marran opened the second stanza with a goal just 33 seconds in to pull the Green and Gold to a 5-2 lead, but the Flying Fleet jetted ahead and rattled off three straight over four minutes to knot the score at 5-5 with 24:23 on the clock.
Murray, Chadwick, and Marran each scored to give the Lions a three goal cushion with 12:30 remaining in the game, but a goal from Burns broke the streak to pull Erskine back to within two, 8-6, with 7:34 left on the clock. Both sides traded blows over the final seven minutes, scoring two goals apiece to close out the game with 10-8 on the scoreboard in the Lions' favor.
Saint Leo led the shot count, 29-21, and came out on top in the ground ball battle, 24-19 thanks to Chadwick, Marran, and Christina Minneci with four apiece. Viscomi, and Murray were close behind on the ground ball count with three each. The Lions drew even with Erskine on the draw, winning 10-of-20 led Marran with five, and Minneci came with three.
The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday, March 28, when they host fourth-ranked Rollins College. Game time against the Tars is slated for 7:30 p.m. at University Field. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo women's lacrosse team, visit saintleolions.com.