NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team opened up the 2017 season with a commanding 21-2 win over Newberry College, setting a new Saint Leo record for goals scored in a single game on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions led 11-1 at the half and only allowed the Wolves to tally one goal in the second half as well while scoring ten more of their own.
Saint Leo crushed their previous point record of 27, set back in 2014, as the Lions added 12 assists to their 21 goals for 33 points. The 12 assists also break a single-game record, which was previously set in 2012 with nine.
Senior Caroline Fraser led the Lions with nine points, tallying a team-high four goals and a team-best five assists. Her nine total points break the single-game record of seven that was set in 2012 and tied once in 2014.
Freshman Lexie Walstad added six points with a team-high four goals and adding two assists. Fellow freshman Sabrina Sanacore tallied three goals, while junior Abbie Ross added two points with one goal and two assists.
The Basics Saint Leo tops Newberry, 21-2 Location: Newberry, S.C. | Setzler Field Records: Saint Leo 1-0 | Newberry 2-2
How it happened…
1H | Saint Leo mainstay Abbie Ross scored her first goal of the season, and the first goal of the game for the Lions, just 1:15 into the game. Freshman Delaney Chrisco scored her first career goal off a pass from Kaylah Walstad. Caroline Fraser tallied her first assist of the game after she found fellow senior Kelsey Burns for the score. The next two Lions goals came off career firsts for freshmen as Lexie Walstad, and Sabrina Sanacore both found the back of the net. Katherine Larson added the sixth for the green and gold before Newberry was able to get on the board with their only goal of the half. Burns and Sanacore tallied their second goals of the game, and Fraser added her first goal of the game. The half was closed with Lexie Walstad's second and third goals. | Saint Leo 11-1
2H | Sanacore tallied her third goal of the game off a Ross pass to open up the half for Saint Leo. Caroline Fraser tacked on another, and it was followed by Leslie Ferguson's first career goal. Larson added her second of the game before Anna Tamayo could tack on one of her own. Fraser scored another off a Ross assist, and Tamayo tallied her second of the half. Emily Pittenger was able to score her first of the season off a pass from freshman Sydney Drummings, and then Pittenger dished the rock off to Fraser for the Lions' 20th goal. Lexie Walstad scored the final goal for the green and gold off Jillian Bontempo's first career assist. Newberry would score their second goal of the game with just 2:15 left in the match. | Saint Leo 21-2
Points to note
Saint Leo split time in goal between sophomore Rebecca Halley and freshman Erin Davis. Both played a half and tallied a save apiece.
The Lions went 10 for 12 on their clear attempts and picked up a program-record 42 ground balls.
Saint Leo won 16 draw controls.
Up Next Saint Leo heads to Charlotte, N.C. to take on No. 9 Queens on Monday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m.
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