NEWBERRY, S.C. -- The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team remained perfect against Newberry College Monday afternoon in the first of a two-game road swing for the Lions. Saint Leo scored 19 goals in the effort, tying a program record. The Lions extended their win streak to four thanks to a 19-7 victory in their first road game of the season.
Saint Leo won every statistical showdown against the Wolves. The Lions won 19 draw controls, including 12 in the first half, to the host's nine. Saint Leo outshot Newberry 31-20, and picked up 18 ground balls, to the Wolves' 12. Saint Leo went 14-for-16 in clear attempts, a season best, and went 8-for-12 from free position.
In a true team win, twelve different Lions scored goals, and thirteen collected points. Leading the way was freshman Abbie Ross and senior Christina Minneci. For the third time in four games, the pair combined for at least four goals. Ross scored a season second-best three goals and added her first career assist. Minneci scored three goals for the third time this season, two tallies in the first half.
The Lions jumped to an easy 5-0 lead in the first ten minutes of the first half. Abbie Ross opened fire on the Wolves just over a minute into the game on a free position shot. Alix Murray, Caroline Fraser and Emily Pittenger all added unassisted goals in the Lions run.
Newberry scored back-to-back goals to cut the Lions lead to two, but Saint Leo rattled off three goals in two minutes, including a man-up, free position goal from Jennifer Doyle, to give Leo an 8-2 lead. The Lions would score 12 goals in the first half, while holding Newberry to four goals.
Saint Leo continued to run away with the game in the second half, going on a 4-0 run sparked by a Minneci goal with 26:36 to play in the contest. Allie Sheftall, Katherin Larson and Amanda Coppolo each found the back of the net, Coppolo assisted by Sarah Johnson.
In the final minutes of the game, Saint Leo scored three goals, and iced the cake with a season best 19 goals and 23 points (19 goals, 4 assists).
Saint Leo will continue its road trip Wednesday when it takes on no. 5 Limestone College. The Saints just picked up their first loss of the season at no. 13 Rollins. The Tars upended Limestone 19-6, snapping the squads 27-game regular season win streak.
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