Saint Leo, Fla. - The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team fell to Sunshine State Conference foe, University of Tampa, on Saturday afternoon in nail-biting overtime action, 8-7.
Saint Leo's second half was undeniably the come-back bid a team hopes for, but ultimately it fell short in the first overtime period. The Lions' defense held strong in the second half, holding the Spartans completely scoreless in the 30-minute period to push the game into extra periods. However, Tampa was able to net the game-winner with just 26-seconds on the clock in the first three-minute period.
With a stellar performance in net, Rebecca Halley did her part to help the Lions come-back effort, recording a career-high 13 save. With 114 saves so far this season, she is now just 10 saves from breaking the single-season saves record of 123 set in 2012.
Caroline Fraser recorded her 13th assist on the season, making the junior two assists away from breaking the single-season assist record.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 7 | Tampa 8 Location: University Turf Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 3-10, 0-2 SSC | Tampa 5-9, 1-3 SSC
How It Happened
1H | Saint Leo started things out just four minutes into the game with an unassisted goal from Kelsey Burns. The Spartans evened out the score with an unassisted goal, and with 20:46 remaining Tampa took their first lead of the half. The Spartans add their third unanswered goal to force Saint Leo into a timeout. The Spartans' fast play in front of the net earned them the 4-0 run on the Lions. The Spartans sneak the fifth goal in the right corner to increase the early lead. Fraser ended the visitor's 5-0 run after slicing one in to make it a 5-2 game. Tampa's passing proved effective to add two more marks on the board. Kaylah Walstad capitalized on a free position attempt to try to cut into the lead before going into halftime. | Tampa 7-3 |
2H | Strong defensive play on both ends opened the second half scoreless for the first 10 minutes until Neely Regan opened up the scoring with a free position goal to add the fourth point for Saint Leo. The Lions went on their first run of the game from a fast-break goal by Larson, lessening the gap to only two goals. Fraser finds a streaking Abbie Ross in the crease to net the Lions' sixth goal to make the conference match-up a one-goal game. Quickly after, Allie Sheftall found the back of the net on a free position attempt to tie the game on the Lion's fourth unanswered goal, making it seven all. Saint Leo won all five draw control attempts in the period after winning just one in the first. The Lions were also more aggressive, picking up 11 ground balls, and out-shooting the Spartans, 14-8 in the second half. | Saint Leo 7-Tampa 7 |
1OT | In the first three-minute overtime period, back-and-forth action opened things off, but eventually the Spartans scored their first goal since the first half of the game with just 26-seconds remaining in the period. | Tampa 8-7 |
Up Next Saint Leo women's lacrosse team will hit the road to face SSC opponent Florida Southern on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.
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