Busy weekend ahead for Saint Leo Athletics

Busy weekend ahead for Saint Leo Athletics

Friday, 3/10

Tennis vs. Grand Valley State - 3 p.m.
Saint Leo Tennis Center | Saint Leo, Fla.

Baseball at #3 Tampa - 6 p.m.
University of Tampa Baseball Field | Tampa, Fla.
Video | Live Stats

#10 Softball vs. Eckerd - 7 p.m.
University Softball Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
Video | Live Stats 

Saturday, 3/11

#10 Softball vs. Eckerd (DH)- 12 p.m. 
University Softball Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
Video | G1 Live Stats | G2 Live Stats 

#17 Men's lacrosse vs. Westminster - 2 p.m.
University Turf Stadium Saint Leo, Fla.
Live Stats 

Baseball at #3 Tampa (DH) - 3 p.m.
University of Tampa Baseball Field | Tampa, Fla.
Video | G1 Live Stats | G2 Live Stats 

Women's lacrosse vs. Seton Hill - 7 p.m.
University Turf Stadium Saint Leo, Fla.
Video | Live Stats 

Sunday, 3/12

Men's Golf at Southeastern Intercollegiate
Kinderlou Forest G.C. | Valdosta, Ga.
Live Score 

Monday, 3/13

Men's Golf at Southeastern Intercollegiate
Kinderlou Forest G.C. | Valdosta, Ga.
Live Score  

Tuesday, 3/14

Men's Golf at Southeastern Intercollegiate
Kinderlou Forest G.C. | Valdosta, Ga.
Live Score  


Tennis Notes
  • Saint Leo men’s and women’s tennis host Grand Valley State on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. The men enter the match with a 4-2 record, while the women’s team is 2-4. 

  • This will be the first of five-straight home matches for the 

    women, and four straight for the men.

  • The men’s squad is looking to bounce back from a 5-2 loss to DI opponent Valparaiso. The teams played DI rules, and Valpo took the doubles point, 2-1.

  • The women are looking for redemption following a tough 5-4 loss to Rollins in Sunshine State Conference play.

  • GVSU’s men’s team comes into Friday’s match with a 9-1 record.  They are currently 5-0 on their Florida road trip. The Lakers women’s team is 15-4, and have gone 4-1 while in Florida.

Baseball Notes


  • The Saint Leo baseball team heads into a three-game series with No. 3 Tampa on Friday at 6 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday at 3 and 6 p.m.
  • This will be third-straight outing against national-ranked opponents for the Lions, as they took down No. 12 Minnesota State, 5-2, and blanked No. 24 Catawba, 11-0.
  • The Lions are 10-6 so far this season, but the series with UT will be the Lions first Sunshine State Conference games of the season.  Saint Leo is averaging a .409 on-base percentage, and have scored 117 runs with 24 dingers.
  • Dylan Harris has had 73 at-bats, and in those attempts, the red-shirt junior has provided the Lions with 37 hits, two doubles, and one homer. Senior Alex Mata has knocked in 27 RBIs on 25 hits. Brett Coffel leads the team in runs with 23 while hitting four homers and adding 14 RBIs.
  • No. 3 Tampa enters with a 12-4 record, with an 8-2 record at home. The Spartans are riding a three-game win streak after taking the second two games of their three-game series with Flagler and a single game with Rockhurst. 


Softball Notes

  • No. 10 Saint Leo (18-6, 1-2 SSC) welcomes Eckerd (11-15, 0-3 SSC) to University Softball Stadium for a three-game series March 10 and 11.
  • The Lions look to add to their conference wins after dropping their first SSC series to Nova Southeastern 2-1. Saint Leo bounced back after two-straight losses to the Sharks with an 11-0 win over Ashland (5 innings) and a 7-0 win over Findlay at the Dot Richardson Games Tuesday in Clermont, Fla.
  • In the two wins, Kacie Kelly led the offense with a .750 batting average and a .857 on-base percentage. Sommer Pollard was second on the team with a .500 batting average, including an inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning against Findlay. The Lions used ten runs in the third inning against Ashland to run-rule the Eagles after five innings.
  • In the circle, all three pitchers saw action where Alison Mitts and Sara Neuman earned their fourth wins of the year after Mitts threw in game one and Neuman game two. Stephanie Adkins came in for the final three innings against Findlay and shut down the Oilers earning seven strikeouts of the final ten batters, with no hits.
  • On the year, Danielle Bottley leads the team in batting average (.455), having ten hits in 22 at-bats. Kelly is second at .403 with 31 hits in 77 at-bats. Ciera Schumaker and Samantha Ohmie lead the team in RBI where Schumaker is at 19 RBI and Ohmie at 18. Bottley, Ohmie, and Kelly lead the team in on-base percentage with Bottley first at .500, Ohmie second at .482 and Kelly in third at .477.
  • In the circle on the year, Adkins leads the team in ERA at 1.25 where she owns a 9-2 record and one save in 67.1 innings of work. Adkins had recorded 82 strikeouts in 13 appearances. Sara Neuman is second on the team in record, 4-0, and ERA, 1.48, where she is third in strikeouts with 24 in 33 innings of work. Alison Mitts stands at 4-3 on the year with a 1.96 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched.
  • Eckerd comes to Saint Leo after having swept their doubleheader against Quincy (Ill.) University 4-2 // 5-3 Wednesday night.
  • On the year, the Tritons are led by Crystal Garcia who owns a team-best .276 batting average. Rachael Luckett and Chelsea Armstrong lead the team in RBI with 12 and 10, respectively. Luckett holds a .383 on-base percentage, to lead the players that have appeared in more than 15 games.
  • In the circle for the Tritons, Nikole Van Gennep leads the team in ERA, 2.02, and in record at 7-11. Van Gennep has pitched in 114.1 innings and has 49 strikeouts on the year. Janna Gaburo is 2-2 on the year and owns a 3.80 ERA in 27.2 innings of work. Grace Willeck is third on the team in ERA at 3.85 and owns a 2-2 record as well. Willeck had 30 strikeouts in 36.1 innings of work. 

Men's Lacrosse Notes

  • The No. 17 Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team takes on visiting Westminster out of Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
  • The Lions will enter the game with a 4-1 record and their lone loss coming to No. 2 Limestone.
  • Saint Leo is averaging 17.8 goals per game on 69.6-shot on goal percentage. Twenty-one different Lions have already scored in the young season, three having put up double-digit goals. Saint Leo is currently second in the nation in scoring offensive, and first in shot percentage. They also rank first in clearing percentage and fourth in points per game.
  • Junior Kyle Pauwels is a two-time SSC offensive player of the week and has scored 22 goals and added five assists so far this season. He is currently second in the SSC in goals per game at 4.40, second to Andrew Kew of Tampa who is at 4.43. Pauwels is currently fifth in the nation in goals per game, and second in shot percentage at .759. He is also 10th in points per game at 5.40.
  • Fellow junior Jake Gilmour broke the Saint Leo record for assists in a career in just 33 games for the green and gold. He has 61 career assists and continues to expand that margin atop the leader board. Gilmour has dished out 13 assists this season while adding 13 goals. He is first in the SSC in assists per game, and fourth in goals per game. He is second to Pauwels in points per game, which puts him at 15th in the nation in points per game. He is 9th in the nation in assists per game.
  • Westminster is 1-0 entering Saturday’s showdown with their first win of the season coming against then-ranked No. 18 Rockhurst, 14-13.
  • Jake Berard led the Griffins with five goals in that game, while Nick Marcy added three goals and two assists. 
Women's Lacrosse Notes
  • The Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team host Seton Hill in their fourth-straight home game. The Lions are currently 3-2 on the season.
  • Offensively, Saint Leo is averaging 15.0 goals per game, while averaging 11.8 draw controls. They are also only allowing 9.0 goals per game.
  • Katherine Larson has tallied ten goals on the season, while Leslie Ferguson, Sabrina Sanacore, and Lexie Walstad have each scored eight. Senior Caroline Fraser leads the team in points with 18 as she has scored seven goals and dished out 11 assists.
  • Defensively, in all but one game, the Lions have split time in goal between sophomore Rebecca Halley and freshman Erin Davis. Halley has made 25 saves, while Davis has recorded 16. On the back line, junior Amanda Coppolo has recorded ten caused turnovers while adding 13 ground balls.
  • Seton Hill comes into Saturday with a 1-2 record, having lost two-straight conference matches before heading to Florida.
  • Charlotte Cunningham leads the Griffins with 14 points as she has scored six goals and added eight assists. Keagan Pontious and Katelyn Cressman both have added six goals as well. 

Men's Golf Notes

  • Saint Leo heads to Kinderlou Forest Golf Club to participate in the Southeastern Intercollegiate tournament hosted by Valdosta State March 12-14.
  • In their last outing, Saint Leo finished ninth out of 15 teams at the Panther Invitational with a three-round total of 918 (+54). Ryan Gendron led the team with a ninth-place finish at 223 (+7) after rounds of 74-75-74. Colby Tyler was third on the team with a 232 (+16) for 40th place with rounds of 76-75-81. Simon Knutsson and Riley Goss tied for 48th at 234 (+18). Knutsson fired off rounds of 77-76-81, where Goss shot 79-82-73, turning in the best third-round scorecard for the Lions. James Jessop rounded out the five Lions with a 67th place finish with a 241 (+25) total. Jessop shot rounds of 82-83-76.
  • Starting Five: Ryan Gendron, Simon Knutsson, Riley Goss, James Jessop, Colby Tyler.
  • The Course: Kinderlou Forest Golf Club ... par 72, 7,363 yards