Eight teams in action in latest Lions Ledger

Eight teams in action in latest Lions Ledger

Friday, October 24

  Volleyball at Florida Tech – 7 p.m.

Where: Clemente Center, Melbourne, Fla.
Record: SLU 15-8, 4-4 SSC | FIT 9-13, 1-7 SSC
Website: SLUFIT
Links: Live Stats

Game Notes

  • The Lions concluded the FSC/South Region Crossover tournament by picking up three regional wins including a 3-2 upset over then No. 22 West Florida.
  • Libero Yaidimar Santiago was stalwart in the back row, averaging 6.95 digs per set while totaling 132 across the strong week.  The senior sits at 481 digs on the season and is 68 digs away from tying the single-season record of 549, a mark she set during her junior year.
  • Santiago leads the Sunshine State Conference in digs per set, managing a 5.53 mark for the Lions. The Cataño, P.R. native currently has 1030 career digs in just two seasons with the Green and Gold.
  • Senior Lauren Campbell swatted her 1000th career kill in a 3-2 win over former top-25 team West Florida.  The outside hitter is three kills shy of passing Audrey Starkebaum (’08) for fifth all-time with 1037 and is 16 kills away from passing Danielle Bletso (’11) for fourth all-time.
  • Florida Tech enters the match off a pair of regional wins.  The Panthers took a 3-0 decision over Christian Brothers behind double-digit efforts from Marilyn Dick and Alea Hamm.  Middle blocker Hamm posted five blocks  while Becca Bower covered the back row with 19 digs.
  • In the last contest between the two teams, Hope Lemon led the Lions to a 3-1 win with 18 kills.  Senior Tawni Warren grounded 15 while Santiago led the defense with 27 digs.  Saint Leo owns the all-time record with a 35-28 mark.



Saturday, October 25

  Cross Country at Sand Shark Invitational – 9 a.m.

Where: Hardeeville School Complex (hosted by the University of South Carolina-Beaufort), Beaufort, S.C.
Website: SLUUSCB

Game Notes

  • After a week away from competition, the Saint Leo men’s and women’s cross country teams return to the course, traveling to Beaufort, S.C. to run in the Sand Shark Invitational.
  • Both the men and women check in at No. 3 on their latest respective USTFCCCA South Region polls.  The men get a nod at third for their second straight week, while the women’s team earns a third place ranking for the third consecutive week.
  • The Sand Shark Invitational marks the last regular season meet for the Saint Leo men’s and women’s cross country teams.  After Saturday’s event, three Green and Gold sets their sights on the Sunshine State Conference Championships on November 8, hosted by the University of Tampa at the Sydney Dover Trails.



  Swimming at Rollins – 1 p.m.

Where: Alfond Swimming Pool, Winter Park, Fla.
Website: SLURC

Game Notes

  • Daniel Bis broke two school records in the 1000 Free (9:20.16) and the 200 Fly (1:53.06).
  • Jan Urbaniak also broke a school record in the 1000 Free (9:20.92).  
  • 5 men’s swimmers are in the top 10 in the nation in their respective events. (Matheus Assis, Daniel Bis, Hunter Bains, Evan Jacob, and Jan Urbaniak)
  • Nicole Weber is the top ranked swimmer in the nation in the 100 and 200 breast and is sixth in the 200 IM.
  • Natalia Garriock is seventh in the nation in the 100 fly and broke the women’s 100 fly school record.
  • The Lions will continue to push for top 25 times in country and top times in the conference.



  Volleyball at Lynn – 3 p.m.

Where: de Hoernle Activities and Cultural Center, Boca Raton, Fla.
Record: SLU | LU 0-0
Website: SLULU
Links:  Live Stats
Live Video

Game Notes

  • Saint Leo took the first contest 3-2 as senior Alexa Griffith-Hardy ravaged Lynn, blasting 20 kills at a scorching .516 attack percentage.  The right side hitter is second on the team with 247 kills, sitting one behind current leader Lauren Campbell.
  • Libero Yaidimar Santiago amassed 35 digs in the five-set thriller, limiting the Fighting Knights to a .114 team attack percentage.
  • Setter Rachel Olliff spun a double-double with 54 assists and 11 digs in addition to a career-high five service aces.
  • In its last matchup, the Lynn squad fell in three sets to No. 20 Palm Beach Atlantic.  The Fighting Knights saw strong efforts from Claire Angelich, Liga Strautniece and Lydia West as the trio combined for 25 kills at a .403 hitting mark but the rest of the team was unable to match the torrid Sailfish offense.
  • The Lions own the all-time series with a 21-13 record entering the second meeting of the season.



  No. 19 Women's Soccer at Lynn – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Bobby Campbell Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
Record: SLU 10-4, 5-2 SSC | LU 4-9, 1-6 SSC
Website: SLULU
Links: Live Stats
Live Video

Game Notes

  • No. 19-ranked Saint Leo women’s soccer closes out the regular season on Saturday with a trip to Boca Raton, Fla., to face Lynn University. The Lions won last season’s meeting at University Field, 1-0, on Selena Jaimes’ goal in the 25th minute.
  • The Lions are 12-7-0 all-time versus Lynn University, and have split their last four games dating back to an NCAA Tournament game in 2011. Prior to that, Saint Leo had won seven straight games in the series.
  • Saint Leo is coming off a 4-2 victory on Wednesday night over Florida Southern – a win that gave the Lions their third 10-win campaign over the last four seasons. Sophomore Arielle Kabangu charted two goals with an assist in the win, while redshirt freshman Katie Waddell logged two assists and scored the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute. Freshman Rosie Young scored her first collegiate goal in the 81st minute to seal the win.
  • Kabangu’s two goals versus Florida Southern gives her 34 for her career, moving the sophomore forward up to fourth among Saint Leo’s all-time career goals leaders. She has 12 goals and six assists for 30 points this season, while Waddell has recorded nine goals and six assists for 24 points. Kabangu is currently 11th among NCAA Division II leaders in both total goals and total points.
  • Saint Leo head women’s soccer coach Ged O’Connor enters Saturday’s regular season finale with 99 career victories, and will be going after win no. 100 when the Lions face the Fighting Knights.



  No. 9 Men's Soccer at No. 4 Lynn – 7 p.m.

Where: Bobby Campbell Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
Record: SLU 10-1-2, 6-1 SSC | LU 11-1-1, 6-0-1 SSC
Website: SLULU
Links: Live Stats
Live Video

Game Notes

  • With their final regular season Sunshine State Conference match on Saturday, the ninth-ranked Saint Leo men’s soccer team has potential to claim its second-straight SSC regular season title.  The task at hand will not be easy, however, as the Lions will square up against No. 4 Lynn University on the road.
  • Coming off of a 2-0 win over Florida Southern on Tuesday, the Lions enter into Saturday’s SSC showdown riding a three game win streak.  The Fighting Knights also hold onto a three game win streak as well as a seven game unbeaten streak.
  • Both the Lions and Fighting Knights have dropped only one game this season, and both have fallen at the hands of the Rollins College Tars.  Saint Leo dropped a 1-0 decision to the Tars on October 12 in SSC play, while Lynn fell to Rollins in non-conference action by a final score of 2-1 back on September 20.
  • The Lions’ defense currently ranks fourth in the nation in team goals against average, having allowed just six goals in 12 games played for a percentage of .480.  Saint Leo is currently tied for first with Quincy and Cal Poly Pomona in team shutout percentage with .670.  Manuel Schoenhuber ranks fifth in DII in goals against average with .483, and ninth in save percentage with .854.
  • On the opposite end of the spectrum, Lynn’s leading scorer, Chris Hellmann, ranks second in DII in total goals, eight in total assists, and first in goals per game with 1.23, and total points with 40.
  • After Saturday’s conference clash, the Lions prepare for one last regular season game, an epic Saturday night matchup under the lights against Rollins in regional action.  Game time against the Tars is set for 7 p.m. on November 1.



Monday, October 20

  No. 19 Men's Golf at McDonough Cup – All Day

Where: Rio Pinar Golf Course (hosted by Rollins College), Orlando, Fla.
Website: SLURC
Links: Live Stats

Game Notes

  • The No. 19 Saint Leo men’s golf closes out the Fall 2014 portion of the schedule with the short trip over to Lakeland, Fla., to play in the Rollins College McDonough Cup. The two-day tournament takes place at the par 72, 6,955-yard Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Fla., with 36 holes on Monday, Oct. 27, followed by 18 holes on Tuesday, Oct. 28.
  • The McDonough Cup will have a field loaded with teams among the Golf Coaches Association of America Division II top 25: No. 2 Nova Southeastern, No. 4 Lynn, No. 7 West Florida, No. 10 Columbus State, No. 13 Flagler, No. 14 Armstrong State, No. 16 Florida Tech, No. 18 Florida Southern, and No. 20 Georgia College. Altogether, nine of the 18 teams in the field appear in the poll.
  • The Lions are coming off an eighth place finish at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate in Morganton, N.C. – a largely Division I tournament where Saint Leo and Brevard were the only non-Division I entries. Individually, Joey Savoie was tied for sixth in the rain-shortened, 36-hole event with a two-under 138. Liam Ainsworth and Ryan Gendron were tied for 21st after each carded a four-over 144 through 36 holes.



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