Women's lacrosse bests Fort Lewis, 12-7

Women's lacrosse bests Fort Lewis, 12-7

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team turned it up on Sunday afternoon to take down visiting Fort Lewis, 12-8, in non-conference action at University Turf Stadium.

The Lions, who played three games in five days, fell in a heartbreaker on Friday evening but were able to have a short memory as they bounced back to take down Fort Lewis just 41 hours later.

Saint Leo used eight free position goals to their advantage in the game as the Skyhawks committed 17 penalties in the match.

Junior Abbie Ross, sophomores Kaylah Walstad and Leslie Ferguson, and freshman Delaney Chrisco each tallied two goals, while Sabrina Sanacore, Katherine Larson, Neely Regan, and Caroline Fraser each added one of their own.

The Basics
Saint Leo topped Fort Lewis, 12-7
Location: University Turf Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 3-2 | Fort Lewis 0-1

How it happened
1H |
Saint Leo opened up the scoring in the first half as two Kayla Walstad goals sandwiched a Leslie Ferguson free position goal. The Skyhawks tallied their first goal of the season as Kelli Warmouth got them on the board with 17:05 left in the half. Ferguson then found Abbie Ross for the score, giving the Lions a 4-1 lead. However, Fort Lewis scored two straight to cut the Lions lead to just one. With just 49-seconds on the clock, Ferguson recorded her second goal, giving the Lions a two-goal lead into the half. Saint Leo went 3-4 on free position attempts in the half, and Rebecca Halley recorded four saves. | Saint Leo 5-3.

2H | Freshman Delaney Chrisco scored the first goal of the second half over ten minutes into action. She netted the free position attempted, extending the Lions' lead to three goals. Walstad found a cutting Sabrina Sanacore for the Lions' second goal of the half less than a minute later. Fort Lewis would add a free position goal before Katherine Larson added a free position goal for the Lions. The Skyhawks countered with a quick goal off the draw to make it 8-5 for the Lions. Emily Pittenger was fouled near the goal, and instead of using the FPA for herself, she found a wide open Caroline Fraser for the score. Abbie Ross then tacked on a free-position goal to increase the Saint Leo lead. The Skyhawks' Brooke Galle then recorded back-to-back goals before the Lions closed out the game with free position goals from Chrisco and Neely Regan. Saint Leo grabbed 21 ground balls in the second half to FLC's 11. Halley added four more saves in the second half, while junior defender Amanda Coppolo played outstanding defense, snagging passes out of the air. | Saint Leo 12-7

Points to note

  • Amanda Coppolo finished with a career-high five caused turnovers. She added a team-high seven ground balls.
  • Both Kaylah Walstad and Leslie Ferguson tallied three points with two goals and an assist.
  • The Lions out-shot Fort Lewis, 33-16. 
  • Saint Leo only allowed Fort Lewis four free position attempts, and the Skyhawks only converted one.

Up Next
Saint Leo hosts Seton Hill at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11.

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