WINTER PARK, Fla. –Christina Minneci and Stephanie Marran made their final game of the 2013 season count, but the Saint Leo women's lacrosse team was unable to overcome a solid fourth-ranked Rollins squad as the Lions fell by a score of 19-4 at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall Sandspur Field on Tuesday evening. The Lions conclude their sophomore campaign with a record of 8-7, while Rollins advances to a mark of 13-1.
Minneci and Marran each netted two goals and an assist, scoring the Lions' only points of the evening. Kristen McGovern led the team with three ground balls, while freshman Paige Leggio took charge off of the draw winning four.
In cage for Saint Leo, Brittany Millsap collected seven saves, facing a total of 34 shots and 26 shots on target. Elyse De Lisle for the Tars made a total of five saves while between the pipes.
The nationally ranked Tars were led by Ginevra Czech and Sophie Townsend with three goals apiece. Mo Imel led the way in assists with two as a total of 14 players contributed to the scoring efforts for Rollins on the night.
Rollins got the scoring started, running out to a six goal lead, but Minneci broke the streak at the 8:23 mark on a free-position shot, setting the score at 6-1. Minneci won the ensuing draw control to give the Lions possession, and on a drive into the eight-meter, Marran was able to earn another free-position attempt. Marran converted her shot with 7:40 to go in the first half to give the Lions their second goal of the night, and pull the Lions to within four, 6-2.
Rollins closed out the half with three straight scores to put the scoreboard at 9-2 at the break, and then opened the second period six more goals, pulling out to a 15-2 lead over the Lions. Minneci and Marran teamed up to place the next two goals between the pipes for the Lions, with Minneci scoring at the 16:53 mark off of an assist from Marran, and Marran scoring with 12:42 on the clock off of an assist from Minneci, to put the scoreboard at 15-4. The Tars finished the game with four more to finish the game with a final score of 19-4.
Saint Leo trailed the shot count 34-12, and were thwarted by the Tars off the draw, winning only 8-of-25. The Lions were successful on 12-of-14 clear attempts, and converted 2-of-3 free-position shots on the night. Saint Leo led the game in saves with seven.