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Friday, 3/3

Track at UT Track Invite - 3 p.m.
Pepin Stadium | Tampa, Fla.

Women's Lacrosse vs. Gannon - 5 p.m. 
University Turf Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
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#8 Softball at Nova Southeastern - 6 p.m.
AD Griffin Sports Complex | Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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Saturday, 3/4

#15 Men's lacrosse at #2 Limestone - 12 p.m.
Saints Field | Gaffney, S.C.
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Baseball vs. Cedarville - 1 p.m.
Thomas B. Southard Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
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#8 Softball at Nova Southeastern (DH) - 1 p.m.
AD Griffin Sports Complex | Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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Sunday, 3/5

Women's Lacrosse vs. Fort Lewis - 12 p.m. 
University Turf Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
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Track Notes

  • The Saint Leo track team heads to the UT Track Invite on Friday afternoon. The UT Track Invite will start at 3 p.m. and will have a rolling schedule.
  • Last time out the men’s and women’s teams competed at the Embry-Riddle First Chance/Last Chance meet. Colett Rampf won the women's 3000m run with a time of 9:49.18, beating her nearest competitor by over 30 seconds. Junior Haley Roussell placed seventh (2:27.40) in the 800m run, while senior Tiffany Gargiulo was 10th (2:32.85). In the women's distance medley relay, Saint Leo's DMR team of Cierra Gregory, Csubak, Rampf, and McCormick finished first overall with a time of 12:37.81.
  • On the men’s side, Saint Leo senior Rafal Matuszczak won the men's 3000m, crossing the line in 8:36.80, and was soon joined by fourth-place finisher Anthony Deleva with a time of 8:56.62. Junior Niclas Bez posted the winning time in the men's mile run, crossing the finish line in 4:22.61.

Women's Lacrosse Notes

  • The Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team host Gannon on Friday evening at 5 p.m., and host Fort Lewis on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m.
  • Saint Leo is in the midst of an eight-game home stand. They opened up the stretch with a 20-7 win over Wilmington (Del.) on Wednesday afternoon. In the game, senior Kelsey Burns recorded her 100th career point with a hat trick and two assists for a team-high five points. She is just 18 goals away from her 100th career goal, and just five goals away from tying the Saint Leo Career Goals Record. 
  • Senior Caroline Fraser is just 11 assists from tying the Saint Leo Career Assists Record. Fraser is leading the Lions with 13 points so far this season.
  • Twelve different Lions have scored this season, led by junior Katherine Larson and freshman Lexie Walstad, who have each scored seven goals.
  • Sophomore Leslie Ferguson is leading Saint Leo with ten ground balls, while Amanda Coppolo and Bailee Hurd both have four caused turnovers.
  • Gannon comes into Friday’s game with a 0-1 record, having lost to Florida Southern, 18-4.  Leilani King led the Golden Knights in scoring in that game with two goals.
  • Fort Lewis will play the Lions in their first game of the season.  Fort Lewis finished the 2016 season 8-6 with a conference mark of 4-3, which placed them fourth in RMAC regular season standings.

Softball Notes

  • No. 8 Saint Leo (15-4) opens Sunshine State Conference play this weekend when they travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to take on Nova Southeastern (6-9, 1-2 SSC) for a three-game two-day series. The Lions and Sharks tango Friday at 6 p.m. before a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
  • The Lions saw action last on February 26 when they went toe-to-toe with No. 4 North Georgia at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, falling 3-1. Before the loss, the Lions swept SSC provisional member Embry-Riddle three games to none with scores of 7-0, 3-2 (9 innings) and 8-3.
  • Samantha Ohmie was honored by the SSC as Player of the Week following her play through four games as she hit two home runs in the Lions’ 3-2 win in extra innings, one in the first inning and a solo walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.
  • On the year, Danielle Bottley leads the team in batting average (.500) while she owns a .556 on-base percentage and a .625 slugging percentage. Kacie Kelly owns the best batting average (.393) in players with more than 50 at-bats and stands at a .464 on-base percentage on the year. Ohmie leads the team in RBI with 17 as Ciera Schumaker is close behind with 16 before Kelly comes in third with 11. Brittany Creamer had 10 RBI on the year.
  • In the circle for the Lions, Stephanie Adkins leads the way with a 1.24 ERA in 56.1 innings of work while owning an 8-1 record. Adkins has allowed 37 hits, 12 runs this season with ten earned runs while striking out 67 batters for 8.33 strikeouts per seven innings average.
  • Behind Adkins, Sara Neuman is second in ERA with a 1.46 in six appearances. Neuman has a 3-0 record with 23 hits, ten runs, five earned, and 18 strikeouts. Alison Mitts is third in ERA on the staff in 45.2 innings of work for 11 appearances. Mitts holds a 3-2 record and has allowed 37 hits, 15 runs and has racked up 30 strikeouts.
  • As a team, the Lions own a .328 batting clip with a .413 on-base percentage as they score an average of six runs a game. The Green and Gold hold opponents to a .211 batting average and a .284 on-base percentage where they allow just 2.1 runs per game and strikeout 6.1 batters a game.
  • Nova Southeastern enters after dropping their conference series with Barry one game to two. The Sharks lost the first two games – 6-2, 9-3 – before closing the series with a 6-2 win. In their win, Sydney Lageyre led the way at the plate going 2-for-3 with one run and two RBI.
  • On the year, Erica Winter leads the team in batting average with a .364 with 11 at bats. Dakota Villella leads the team with players with more than 40 at-bats with a .341 clip. Villella leads the team as well in slugging percentage (.415) and owns a .429 on-base percentage for the season.
  • In the Shark tank, Lexie Storrer leads the team with a 4-4 record, 2.42 ERA in 52 innings of work. Storrer has allowed 48 hits, given up 26 runs 18 of which are earned and has struck out 28 batters. Behind Storrer, Winter is 2-1 in the circle with a 4.87 ERA in 23 innings pitched with 15 strikeouts while Megan Granitto is 0-2 at 7.74 ERA. Dominique Sprangers owns a 0-2 record and an 8.04 ERA in 15.2 innings.
  • The Sharks average 3.53 runs per game on a .243 batting average while allowing opponents to average 5.47 runs per game on .296 hitting. Nova Southeastern’s pitchers average 3.3 strikeouts per game while their batters are sitting down on the ‘K’ 5.7 times per game. 

Men's Lacrosse Notes

  • The No. 15 Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team heads to Gaffney, S.C., on Saturday for a 12 p.m. game versus No. 2 Limestone.
  • The Lions are currently 3-0 on the season with wins over No.7 LIU Post, Chowan, and Coker. 
  • Junior Kyle Pauwels has led the Lions in goals this season with ten total. He has also added two assists for 12 total points. Fellow junior Jake Gilmour is leading the team in points with 14 as he has tallied seven goals and seven assists.
  • Gilmour is just four assists from breaking the Saint Leo Career Assists record of 58 set by George Proechel, 2010-13.
  • Saint Leo is currently third in the nation in Scoring Offense, averaging 17.67 goals per game, while they are also in the top ten in scoring defense as they only allow 7.00 points per game. Saint Leo also leads the nation in turnovers per game, meaning they are averaging the lowest amount of turnovers per game at 11.33.
  • No. 2 Limestone enters the game at 4-0 on the season with wins over No. 14 Lenoir-Rhyne, No. 9 Seton Hill, No. 7 Tampa, and Lees-McRae. The Saints are averaging 16.5 goals per game while holding opponents to an average of 9.0 per game.
  • Brendan Smith leads the Saints with 17 points with ten goals and seven assists. Charlie Sheehan has 12 points with 11 goals and an assist. Kevin Reisman, LC’s All-American Faceoff man, is 68 of 90 on attempts this season for a 75.6-winning percentage. 
Baseball Notes
  • The Saint Leo baseball team hosts the Cedarville Yellow Jackets on Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. game.
  • The game against Cedarville, out of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Thomas B. Southard Stadium. This contest replaces one of the three games lost due to the cancellation of the Saint Leo vs. Benedict College series previously scheduled for this weekend in Columbia, S.C.
  • Saint Leo heads into the game with a 6-6 record on the season.
  • Last weekend, the Lions opened up their three-game series against Palm Beach Atlantic with a 4-3 win on Friday evening, before dropping both games of the Saturday doubleheader.
  • Senior Alex Mata continues his climb up the Saint Leo leaderboards, and approaching a couple of benchmarks on that journey. He enters the weekend with 150 career RBI, fourth among Saint Leo career leaders. He needs three more RBI to tie Cliff Champion (1984-87) for third on the list. Mata’s 221 career hits rank sixth all-time at Saint Leo and puts him seven shy of Ryan Brnovich (2010-13) who ranks fifth. Finally, Mata’s 55 doubles are third among Saint Leo career leaders; he needs four more to match Matt Gifford (1994-98) in second place with 59.
  • Brett Coffel and Zach Scott both have four homers on the year, as they Lions have 20 as a team.
  • Cedarville is 0-3 on the season. As a team, the Yellow Jackets have given up 28 runs, while only scoring 13 runs of their own.