Busy weekend ahead for Saint Leo Athletics

Busy weekend ahead for Saint Leo Athletics

Saturday, 10/1

M/W Cross Country at the Lehigh University 43rd Paul Short Run
Men's Race - 11:00 a.m. | Women's Race - 11:45 a.m.
Goodman Campus Cross Country Course | Bethlehem, Pa.
Paul Short Run homepage

Men's Soccer at West Florida - 1:30 p.m.
UWF Soccer Complex | Pensacola, Fla.
Video | Live Stats 

Volleyball at Florida Tech - 4 p.m.
Clemente Center | Melbourne, Fla.
Watch | Live Stats 

Sunday, 10/2

Women's Soccer vs. Valdosta State - 1 p.m.
Saint Leo Soccer Field | Saint Leo, Fla.
Video |  Live Stats 

Monday, 10/3

Men's Golf at the Division II National Preview - All Day
Reunion Resort - Watson Course | Kissimmee, Fla.
Hosted by Saint Leo, Central Florida Sports Commission, and Experience Kissimmee
Live Stats 

Tuesday, 10/4

Men's Golf at the Division II National Preview - All Day
Reunion Resort - Watson Course | Kissimmee, Fla.
Hosted by Saint Leo, Central Florida Sports Commission, and Experience Kissimmee
Live Stats 

Cross Country Notes

  • Saint Leo men’s and women’s cross country will compete on Saturday at the 43rd Annual Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University and presented by ASICS. The Paul Short Run is one of the largest cross country meets in the country with 6,000 athletes from nearly 450 colleges and high schools. A total of eight different collegiate races will be held on race day.
  • Saint Leo will be competing in the College Gold races for both men and women, which are the premier collegiate races of the Paul Short Run and will have a largely Division I field. The men’s College Gold race will include No. 8 Georgetown, No. 16 Iona, No. 25 Columbia, and No. 26 Penn, while the women’s field will feature No. 19 Georgetown, No. 22 Penn, and No. 29 Yale. Nine men’s team and 12 women’s teams currently among the top 15 of the USTFCCCA’s Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings are also registered. Adams State, ranked among the top three in both the men’s and women’s Division II polls, along with the No. 9-ranked Stonehill College women’s team will join Saint Leo in the College Gold races.
  • Both Saint Leo cross country teams are coming off stellar performances at last weekend’s UF Mountain Dew Invitational. The men’s team won the non-Division I race led by freshman Ronald Cheserek, who finished first overall out of over 200 runners and was named the USTFCCCA Division II National Athlete of the Week – the first Sunshine State Conference XC runner to be so honored. The women’s team also won the non-Division I race at the Mountain Dew Invitational, with junior Colett Rampf pacing the field and posting a new Saint Leo record at the 5K distance.
  • Saint Leo women’s cross country is receiving votes in the USTFCCCA’s Division II national poll, after remaining atop the South Region rankings for an unprecedented third straight week. The Saint Leo men jumped one spot to fourth in the South Region poll, after holding in fifth place in the preseason poll and weeks one and two.

Men's Soccer Notes

  • Saint Leo steps out of conference play to travel to Pensacola for a weekend matchup with West Florida. The Lions are 2-4, 1-4 SSC where the Argos are 2-4 and 2-1 in the Gulf South Conference.
  • The Lions enter after dropping a midweek contest with Rollins at University Soccer Field 3-0.
  • On the season, Marcelo Casas leads the way in points (7) and goals (3), followed closely from Bafou Sanogo who has four points on two goals.
  • WEST FLORIDA most recently defeated Delta State 1-0 on Sept. 25 in Cleveland, Miss.
  • The Argos on the season are led by Marteinn Urbancic who has six points on two goals and two assists. Gavin Gillies is second on the team with four points on two goals.
  • The matchup calls for a low scoring game as both teams are getting outscored by their opponents – Saint Leo 9-14, West Florida 9-13. 

Volleyball Notes

  • The Saint Leo volleyball team looks to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Eckerd with a road match at Florida Tech on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Lions enter the match with an 8-5, 2-2 SSC record. The host Panthers are currently 2-9, 0-3 SSC.
  • Saint Leo looks to its outside hitters, Hope Lemon, Britt Sederholm, and Avery Bradshaw to keep igniting their offense. Lemon is averaging 3.92 kills per set, while Bradshaw is averaging 2.72 per set on a clip of .235. Sederholm adds 2.65 per set while scooping up  2.25 digs per set, second to libero Jamee Townsend.
  • Townsend is averaging 5.06 digs per set and is just 14 shy for 1,000 for her career.
  • Setters Anna Garrett and Maddy Powell each have been dishing the rock for the Lions. Garrett is averaging 10.68 assists per set, while Powell averages 7.64. 
  • Florida Tech comes into the match averaging 11.3 kills per set and 1.7 blocks per set. 

Women's Soccer Notes

  • The Lions look to bounce back after dropping their first Sunshine State Conference game of the year at Rollins on Wednesday night, 3-1.
  • The lone goal for Saint Leo came from a Natalie Melillo corner kick that Sara Hemmer put in the net, for her first goal of the year.
  • In the SSC, Saint Leo sits in first with 12 points with a 4-1 record.
  • The Lions have outscored their opponents 19-13 behind leading scorer Arielle Kabangu. Kabangu leads with 10 goals followed by Natalie Melillo, Katie Waddell, and Genevieve Gignac all with two apiece. Selena Jaimes, Rakeisha Sealey and Sara Hemmer account for the final three goals as each player has tallied one goal this season.
  • This game between Saint Leo and Valdosta State is a make-up game from Sept. 1
  • VALDOSTA STATE enters with a 0-6-2 record and is coming off a 1-1 draw to Spring Hill.
  • The Blazers, who sit at 0-3-1 in the Gulf South Conference, enter the matchup with a 2-17 goal differential with their opponents. On the year Riley Tennant and Megan Muffley accounted for the Blazers lone two goals.  

Men's Golf Notes

  • No. 1 Saint Leo men’s golf teams up with the Central Florida Sports Commission and Experience Kissimmee to host the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Preview Oct. 3-4 at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. The field of 18 teams will feature 12 top-25 teams in the DII Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll, and the 96 golfers will play the Watson Course at Reunion Resort.
  • The Field … Of the 18 teams in the field, 12 are ranked inside the Top-25 of the DII Bushnell GolfWeek Coaches’ Poll. No. 1 West Florida, No. 2 Florida Southern, No. 3 Barry, No. 4 Lynn, No. 5 Nova Southeastern, No. 7 Saint Leo, No. 9 Lee, No. 10 Missouri-Saint Louis, No. 11 North Alabama, No. 16 Florida Tech, No. 17 Central Missouri and No. 21 Carson-Newman. 
  •  Last year, Saint Leo won its first national championship in school history when they defeated Chico State 3-2 in Denver, Colorado, and entered the 2016-17 season as the No.1 in the Bushnell Golfweek DII Preseason Coaches’ Poll released by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Florida Southern and Lynn both ended the year as national semifinalists where Barry and West Florida were quarterfinalists. Central Missouri closes out the field that made it to the NCAA finals a year ago, where the Mules finished 11th as a team.
  • Tournament Setup … Three rounds of 18 holes for a total of 54 holes. Monday hosts two rounds starting at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The final round will be held on Tuesday with another shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on the Watson Course in Kissimmee, Fla.