April 22, 2014

Lions Take Wind out of Tars' Sails in 12-9 Victory

Saint Leo Concludes Season with Record of 10-7

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team concluded its 2014 campaign on a high note, defeating the Rollins College Tars by a final tally of 12-9 on Tuesday evening at University Turf Stadium.  The win advances the Lions' record to 10-7, while the Tars drop to a mark of 7-7.

The loss for Rollins marks the first time the Tars have suffered a four-game skid since its 2008 season.

A total of eight players scored goals for the Green and Gold, led by junior Christina Minneci, who netted a hat trick on the night while adding an assist for four points overall.  Kelsey Burns and Allie Sheftall each scored twice, while Alix Murray, Kristen McGovern, Joanna Chadwick, Emily Pittenger and Caroline Fraser earned one goal apiece.  Sarah Johnson, Bethanny Jolly, McGovern, and Murray each earned one assist.

The Tars saw a four goal performance from sophomore Tyler Thomas, while Chelsea Pinneke scored two of her own.  Alley Rhinehart, Amy Martin, and Claire Block added one goal each, while Caroline Lamere earned all three of the Tars' assists on the night.

In goal, Brittany Millsap set aside nine shots while allowing nine goals in 60 minutes of action.  Millsap faced a total of 20 shots and 18 shots on frame from the Tars.  Her adversary for Rollins, Elyse De Lisle, earned 12 saves while allowing 12 goals as she saw 32 shots and 24 shots on frame from Saint Leo.

It was an all-out battle from the beginning, kicking off with two goals by Thomas to give Rollins a 2-0 lead five minutes into the game.  A timeout called by Coach Graham allowed the Lions to recollect, and the Lions came out of the breather on a mission.

Saint Leo rattled off four straight, including two from Minneci, to pull ahead to a 4-2 lead with 8:39 left in the half.  Block broke the streak on a free position shot with 6:06 on the clock, but Saint Leo netted the next two to set the score at 6-3 with 2:45 before the break.

Despite the Lions' best defensive efforts, Rollins tallied two quick goals in the final 34 seconds of action in the first half, pulling back to within one of Saint Leo at the half, 6-5.

The second half saw the Tars come out of the break on fire, scoring two straight to pull back into the lead with a score of 7-6 just two minutes into the second stanza.  Pittenger knotted things up once again with an unassisted goal with 21:47 to go, and two more goals by Saint Leo gave the Lions a two goal lead, 9-7, with 14:57 on the clock.

Pinneke pulled the Tars back to within one, with a goal off of an assist by Lamere, followed by Rhinehart with the fourth equalizer of the at the 10:26 mark.  But the Lions were not about to back down, scoring the final three goals of the game to conclude the contest with a three goal lead, 12-9.

Minneci collected five ground balls, caused three turnovers, and won four draw controls on the night, while Allie Sheftall scooped up three ground balls and was a perfect two-for-two on free position shots.  Overall, Saint Leo won the ground ball battle over Rollins, 21-18, but the Tars edged the Lions on the draw, winning 12-of-23 draw controls.  The Lions were successful on 14-of-18 clear attempts, but the Tars managed to cause seven turnovers.

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