SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team fell at home to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opponent Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 18-7, in non-conference action on Monday evening.
IUP opened up strong with a 5-0 lead to start the game, and took a 10-1 lead. But from there, the Lions and the Crimson Hawks had a much more competitive game, going 8-6 in the last 31 minutes of the game.
Kelsey Burns recorded her second-straight hat-trick, leading the Lions with three goals on five shots. Abbie Ross also finished with three points, netting a goal and dishing out two assists.
The Basics Final: Saint Leo 7 | IUP 18 Locations: University Turf Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: SLU 1-3 | IUP 1-1
1H | The visiting Crimson Hawks came out firing in the first half, scoring with just a few ticks off the clock. Adriana Greco streaked across the front of the net and was hit with the pass by Kim Hooven for the goal. From there, the visitors continued to press on the gas, taking a 5-0 lead before the Lions saw Emily Pittenger get the Lions on the board. Pittenger took a pass across the face of the goal from Ross to net the score. Greco increased the lead with a free-position goal at the 10:39 left in the half. Just seconds later, Ally Burrows scored a goal right off the draw for IUP. The Crimson Hawks jumped to a 10-1 lead before Burns got a pass from Ross to halt the bleeding. However, IUP netted another with 1.4 seconds left to play. | IUP 11-2 |
2H | Freshman Kaylah Walstad started the second half with a goal, following it up with an assist to Ross to give the Lions their third and fourth goals. IUP answered with a goal going up 12-4. Burrows netted another for IUP on a free-position goal. The second half saw a more balanced offensive game as the two teams went back and forth, with the Lions attempting to get back in the swing of things. Burns netted her second goal to help bolster the Lions offense. IUP netted three goals before Neely Regan added her second goal of the season to bring the score to 17-6. Burns tallied the hat-trick, netting her third score of the game. Ultimately the Crimson Hawks strong first half was too much for the Lions. | IUP 18-7 |
Up Next Saint Leo continues its home-stand, hosting No. 14 Queens (N.C.) on Wednesday evening at 7PM.
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