CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team mounted a second-half comeback, but it was not enough as No. 7 Queens University took the win on Monday afternoon, 14-8, in non-conference action.
Despite being down 8-2 at the half, the Lions would not give up. Saint Leo scored the first two goals of the second half, making it just a four-point game. The two teams would each score six goals in the second half, but it was not enough for Saint Leo to overcome the six-point deficit they had mounted in the first half.
Junior Katherine Larson was the lone Lion to score multiple goals, tallying both first half goals for the team, and scoring the final goal of the game.
The Basics Saint Leo falls to No. 7 Queens (N.C.), 14-8 Location: Charlotte, N.C. | Athletic Field at Marion Diehl Park Records: Saint Leo 1-1 | #7 Queens 2-1
How it happened…
1H | The No. 7 Royals tallied the first three goals of the game before Saint Leo's Katherine Larson netted the Lions' first score of the afternoon. Queens followed it with three more goals before Larson again found the back of the net, making it a 6-2 game. The Royals would tack on two more goals, both on free position attempts, before the close of the half. The Lions had the final possession of the half but were unable to convert. Rebecca Halley made four saves in the period, but the Lions were outshot, 14-5, in the half. | QC 8-2
2H | Freshman Sabrina Sanacore opened the second half up for the Lions with her first goal of the game, cutting the Royals lead to just five points. A huge save by freshman Erin Davis gave the Lions possession, and as they charged down the field, Kaylah Walstad snuck in the second goal of the half for the Lions, cutting it to an 8-4 Queens lead. Queens would snag their first of the half at the 22:46 mark, bringing the Royals lead back to five goals, 9-4. Queens scored their second-straight to bring the lead out to six. The Lions cut into the lead with a sister-sister goal as Kaylah Walstad found Lexie Walstad for the score for the first time this season. Queens followed with a quick score to make it 11-5. Abbie Ross was able to get another on the board for the Lions with a free position goal. An ensuing save by Davis was unfortunately followed by a failed clear attempt that saw the Royals snag another. After winning the next draw, freshman Delaney Chrisco carried the ball down the field and tallied the score. Queens would score a man-up goal almost five minutes later. Larson snuck in her third goal of the game with 1:24 left to play, making it just a six-goal game. From there, neither team would find the back of the net again before the final horn. | QC 14-8
Six different Lions scored on the day, led by Larson's three.
In the second half, both teams scored six goals.
100-percent of the Lions' shots were on goal.
Up Next Saint Leo opens at home with a 4 p.m. game versus Wilmington (Del.) on Wednesday, March 1.
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