March 28, 2012

Lions Turned Back by Fourth-Ranked Rollins, 20-2

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team took on a challenging fourth-ranked Rollins College squad, posting two goals in the first half against the tireless Tars.  Despite the Lions' best efforts, the Tars posted a 20-2 victory over Saint Leo.

With the loss, Saint Leo dips to 4-7 on the season, while Rollins stays perfect on the season and advances to an undefeated record of 11-0.

Alix Murray netted both of the Lions goals on the evening, scoring both in the first half.

Leading the game in draw controls was Alyssa Viscomi with four, while Brittany Millsap led the Lions with three ground balls, followed by Andrea Kuhl with two of her own.

Between the pipes, Brittany Millsap collected 12 saves on the evening, including 10 in the first half.  Nicole Sirota-Plotnikov closed out the game in cage, earning two saves in seven and a half minutes.  For Rollins, Elyse De Lisle made six saves on the evening, with Vasiliki Barakos closing out the game with two saves of her own.

Leading the game was Cat Kelley with three goals and two assists for a five point performance.  Tori Snow netted a hat trick, while Ginevra Czech, Mo Imel, Sarah Ann Showell, Alley Rhinehart, and Erica Pagliarulo each scored twice.

Rollins sprinted out to a 6-0 lead in the first 12 minutes, but Murray broke the streak with a goal at the 16:41 mark.  The Tars answered back with three more before Murray could break through once again, setting the score at 9-2 with 8:27 to go before the half.

The Tars closed out the first period with four more goals to put the score at 13-2 at the break, and continued to sail through the second stanza with seven unanswered goals for a final score of 20-2.

Rollins led the shot count, 42-12, and won the ground ball battle 30-14.  Saint Leo won more on the draw, winning 13-of 23, and found success on 12-of-16 clear attempts.

After their tough challenge against Florida foe Rollins, the Lions return to action on Monday, April 2, when they host Converse College.  Game time against the Valkyries is set for 7 p.m. at University Field.  For the latest news, updates, and information on the Lions, visit saintleolions.com.