First half of week filled with action for Saint Leo Athletics

First half of week filled with action for Saint Leo Athletics

Monday, 3/6

#19 Men's Golf at Panther Invitational
Duran GC | Melbourne, Fla. 
Live Scores 

#8 Women's Golf at Pirate Women's Invitational
Savannah Quarters Country Club | Pooler, Ga. 

#15 Men's Lacrosse at Emmanuel - 1 p.m.
Emmanuel Athletics Field | Franklin Springs, Ga.
Video | Live Stats

Baseball vs. Northwood - 4 p.m.
Thomas B. Southard Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
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Tuesday, 3/7

#19 Men's Golf at Panther Invitational
Duran GC | Melbourne, Fla. 
Live Scores  

#8 Women's Golf at Pirate Women's Invitational
Savannah Quarters Country Club | Pooler, Ga.  

#8 Softball vs. Ashland - 1 p.m.
National Training Center | Clermont, Fla.

#8 Softball at Findlay - 3:30 p.m.
National Training Center | Clermont, Fla.

Baseball vs. #30 Minnesota State - 6 p.m.
Chain of Lakes Complex | Winter Park, Fla.

Wednesday, 3/8

#2 Men's Tennis vs. Valparaiso - 3 p.m.
Saint Leo Tennis Center | Saint Leo, Fla. 

Baseball vs. #21 Catawba - 6 p.m.
Thomas B. Southard Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
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Men's Golf Notes

  • Saint Leo returns to the course on March 6 and 7 as they head to Melbourne, Fla. to participate in the Panther Invitational at Duran Golf Club. The Lions travel to Duran as No. 19/16 in the nation - GolfStat Relative Ranking // GCAA Coaches’ Poll – and will look to climb within the top 5 of teams at the tournament.
  • In their last outing, Saint Leo finished tied for ninth at the Matlock Invitational with a team score of 871 (+7), where Ryan Gendron paced the Lions with a T7 place finish at five-under-par, 211. Gendron posted rounds of 71-73-67, respectively to place himself within the top 10 golfers. Simon Knutsson finished T26 with a 217 (+1), Riley Goss was T43 at 222 (+6), and James Jessop came in at T55 with a 227 (+ 11) while Colin Warren wrapped up the five golfers in T64 at 231 (+ 15).
  • On the season, Knutsson holds the lowest stroke average with a 72.33 after three rounds of play. Gendron is second on the team with a 73.18 average with 11 rounds under his belt, followed by Goss at 73.22 in nine rounds and Casey Bannon at 74.50 in eight rounds.
  • Starting Five: Ryan Gendron, Simon Knutsson, Riley Goss, James Jessop, Colby Tyler.
  • Individual(s): Nilo Sanchez
  • The Course: Duran Golf Club ... par 72, 7,151 yards
  • The Field: 15 teams, 12 individuals for 87 competitors … (all rankings from GolfStat Relative Rankings) No. 2 Lynn, No. 3 Florida Southern, No. 4 Barry, No. 15 Florida Tech, No. 17 Columbus State, No. 19 Saint Leo, Carson-Newman, Eastern Florida State College, Eckerd, Embry-Riddle, Findlay, Keiser University, Keiser ‘B’, Palm Beach Atlantic and West Texas A&M.

Women's Golf Notes

  • Saint Leo women’s golf, ranked No. 8 in the nation by GolfStat Relative Rankings, heads to Savannah Quarters Country Club to participate in the 2017 Pirate Women’s Invitational March 6-7 hosted by Armstrong State University.
  • In their last outing, the Lions placed second out of 18 teams at the Florida Southern Lady Moc Classic Feb. 20-21. Saint Leo fired off an 898 (+34) team total, led by Marie Coors who tied for first with a 214 (-2). Coors shot rounds of 72-73-69 to tie for first place.
  • Amanda Jakobsson tied for 15th behind Coors with a 226 (+10) where Margine Arguello and Vilde Eriksen tied for 24th at 229 (+13). Izzy Lawrence rounded out the five Lion golfers with a 242 (+26) good enough for 62nd.
  • On the season, Coors leads the way with a 71.92 average in 13 rounds played. Eriksen is second on the squad with 11 rounds and a 74.73 average. Jakobsson and Arguello average 75’s as Jakobsson sits at 75.31 with 13 rounds played and Arguello at 75.54 in 13 rounds as well. Lawrence, the Lions’ fifth for the Pirate Invitational, averages 77.36 having played 11 rounds this season.
  • Starting Five: Margine Arguello, Marie Coors, Vilde Eriksen, Amanda Jakobsson and Izzy Lawrence.
  • Individual(s): Alex Velez
  • The Course: Savannah Quarters Country Club … par 72, 5,947 yards
  • The Field: 12 teams … (all rankings from GolfStat Relative Rankings) No. 3 Dallas Baptist, No. 5 Florida Tech, No. 8 Saint Leo, No. 19 West Florida, Armstrong State, Columbus State, Lincoln Memorial, Newberry, North Georgia, UNC Pembroke, Young Harris, and NAIA’s No. 6-ranked team USC Beaufort.

Men's Lacrosse Notes

  • No. 15 Saint Leo men’s lacrosse takes on Emmanuel on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Franklin Springs, Ga, on Emmanuel’s campus.
  • It will be battle of the King of the jungle as both schools sport the Lion as their mascot.
  • Last season these two teams met in Florida at Saint Leo and Saint Leo took the game 22-3 in the 2016 season opener.
  • In Saint Leo’s last outing, the Lions took on No. 2 Limestone, falling 17-10. Junior Kyle Pauwels scored a career-high six goals in the Lions loss. Saint Leo also held Limestone to 0-5 in man-up opportunities.
  • Pauwels is the Lions leading scorer, having tallied 16 goals in just four games. Jake Gilmour is the Lions leading assist man, dishing out 10 so far this season. He is currently tied atop the career list for assists with 58.
  • Emmanuel enters the game at 0-4. EC has scored no more than four goals in each of their last three games.
  • Austin Brundage leads the Lions with 10 goals on the season. Cam Free has added six goals and two assists. 

Baseball Notes

  • Saint Leo baseball continues its string of four games in five days by hosting Northwood University at Thomas B. Southard Stadium. This hectic stretch continues on Tuesday with a game in Winter Haven, Fla., against No. 30 Minnesota State, followed by a home game versus No. 21 Catawba on Wednesday. All that is prelude to the Lions’ Sunshine State Conference opener this Friday, when Saint Leo faces No. 2 Tampa in a three-game series.
  • The Lions are coming off a 13-3 shellacking of Cedarville University on Saturday, in which Saint Leo battered Yellow Jacket pitching for 19 hits – most in a single game dating back to April 9, 2016, and 22 hits in a 27-7 pounding of Lynn University. Senior Dylan Harris paced the Lions in the Cedarville victory with a 5-for-6 effort at the plate with two runs and three RBI. Senior Zack Sabo and junior Zach Scott each belted home runs versus the Yellow Jackets, their second and fifth of the season respectively.
  • Saint Leo is fourth in the SSC in hitting with a .331 average, and sixth in the conference in pitching with a 5.13 ERA. Individually, senior Dylan Harris checks in a third in the SSC in hitting with a .483 batting average, fifth in on base percentage (.508), and sixth in total hits (29). Senior Alex Mata is tied for second in the SSC with 23 RBI, and is in a four-way tie atop the SSC leaderboard in doubles with eight.
  • Northwood (8-3) arrives at Saint Leo’s campus for game seven of its Florida trip, with the Timberwolves riding a four-game winning streak. Northwood is coming off a 5-2 win over St. Joseph’s (Ind.) on Sunday in Auburndale, and a 7-1 victory over Chestnut Hill on Saturday in Fort Pierce. The Timberwolves have a .313 team batting average, led by David Vinsky with a .541 average in 37 ABs. The pitching staff holds a 4.50 ERA with 80 runs allowed over the team’s first 10 games.
  • No. 30 Minnesota State (2-2) will face Lewis University in Auburndale on Monday, and has a 9:30 a.m. clash with Grand Valley State on Tuesday in Auburndale prior to taking on Saint Leo on Tuesday night. In a matchup against one of Saint Leo’s SSC rivals, Minnesota State dropped a 2-1 contest to Florida Southern on Friday in Lakeland. The two teams combined for 32 strikeouts and just seven hits in the low-scoring affair, with the Mocs’ Logan Browning recording 11 strikeouts. The Mavericks are batting just .250 as a team, but also hold a 1.36 team ERA.
  • No. 21 Catawba (13-4) will be making the trip to Florida for just two games – a Tuesday night game at Florida Tech, leading up to Wednesday’s clash with Saint Leo at Southard Stadium. The Indians have a .356 team batting average, ranked fourth in all of Division II, led by Luke Setzer’s .500 average with a 1.494 OPS in 74 at bats. Catawba has scored 172 runs this season, while allowing 109.
Softball Notes
  • No. 8 Saint Leo (16-6, 1-2 SSC) travels to the National Training Center to participate in the Dot Richardson Games with a game against Ashland at 1 p.m. and Findlay at 3:30 p.m.
  • The Lions look to bounce back after having dropped their last two games against Nova Southeastern on Saturday 7-4 and 3-2 to lose their opening Sunshine State Conference series of the year. Saint Leo won game one 7-0 on Friday before falling in the doubleheader Saturday.
  • In the three-game series, Samantha Ohmie led the team going 5-9 from the plate with a .556 batting average with three runs scored and one double. Ohmie ended the weekend with a .667 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage.
  • Stephanie Adkins went 1-1 on the weekend, winning game one and losing game two of the series. Adkins finished with a 1.75 ERA in eight innings of action, allowing 10 hits, four runs, two earned and eight strikeouts.
  • On the year, Danielle Bottley leads the team in batting average with a .476 where she owns a .571 slugging percentage and a .522 on-base percentage as well. Kacie Kelly is second on the team, and first in players with over 30 at-bats, with a .384 batting average ahead of Ohmie who is at a .375 average. Ohmie leads the team in slugging percentage (.578).
  • In the circle, Adkins leads with a 9-2 record and a 1.31 ERA in 64.1 innings of work and 75 strikeouts. Sara Neuman is second in ERA at 1.75 having a 3-0 record in 28 innings. Alison Mitts owns a 2.11 ERA in 53 innings, while striking out 32 batters. The trio of pitchers hold opposing batters to a .217 average.
  • Ashland traveled to Florida with a 2-3 record and opened up play at the Dot Richardson games with four games prior to taking on the Lions.
  • Findlay traveled to Florida with a 4-4 record after they opened up their season in Kentucky and then in Illinois. The Oilers open play Monday at the Dot Richardson games with a game at 2 p.m. against West Virginia Wesleyan and a 6 p.m. game against Wayne State (Neb.).

Men's Tennis Notes

  • The No. 2 Saint Leo Tennis team hosts DI Valparaiso on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Saint Leo is 4-1 on the young season, with their lone loss coming at No. 3 Armstrong State. The Lions have been on 12-day break since their last match on Feb. 24.
  • The Lions are led by their No. 1 and 2 in Thomas Grinberg and Vincent Suillerot. Grinberg is 5-0 at No. 1 singles, and Suillerot is also 5-0 at No. 2. The duo also pairs up to play No. 1 doubles, and they are 4-1.
  • Valparaiso enters with a 7-1 record, including six in a row. While in Florida, the Crusaders will play seven matches, including matches against Rollins, Mount Saint Mary’s, and Grand Valley State, all before heading to Saint Leo.