Monday, Oct. 26
hosted by Rollins | Oct. 26-27
Where: Rio Pinar Country Club | Olrando, Fla.
Website: SLU |RC
Coverage Links: Tournament Central | Live Results
- The Saint Leo men's golf team returns to action for their final fall tournament at the 2015 McDonough Cup, hosted by Rollins College at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Florida. The field features 22 of the top Division II schools in the country with 11 ranked in the top-25.
- Rino Par was first designed in 1957 by Mark Mahanna and features a competitive tree-lined course showcasing several large Florida oaks. With 43 bunkers and a winding canal which runs through five holes, Rio Pinar provides 6,955 yards of challenging championship golf.
- In its last outing, Saint Leo rose to the top of an 18-team field at the Guy Harvey Shark Invitational, and ran away the title thanks to a seven-stroke lead.
- Two weeks ago, the Lions were atop of the first Golf Stat rankings of the year. Golfstat compiles results from every tournament played in Division II and releases relative rankings based on results. The Lions have the lowest scoring average in Division II with a 71.32. Saint Leo has gone head-to-head with 14 top-25 teams thus far and has compiled a record of 16-4-1. In the Sunshine State Conference, the Lions have gone 13-1-1.
- Lynn is the returning champion after posting a tournament-record score of 853 a year ago. John Van Der Laan of Florida Southern and Lynn’s Elliott Whitley tied atop the standings with 210 strokes. Van Der Laan captured medalist honors on the first playoff hole after turning in scores of 68-73-69 at the event. Whitley carded 67-67 on day one and finished with a 76.
- Saint Leo women’s golf wraps up the fall portion of the 2015-16 slate this week at the 13th annual Flagler Fall Slam. The tournament will be played at the par 72, 6,062 yard Marsh Creek Country Club on Anastasia Island.
- The Lions’ starting five will be junior Marie Coors, sophomore Amanda Jakobsson, sophomore Vilde Eriksen, junior Minta Yin, and freshman Mao Young. Freshman Alex Velez will be competing in the tournament as an individual.
- A total of 18 schools are participating in the tournament, including six teams among the most recent GolfStat top 25: #2 Barry, #3 Florida Tech, #4 Saint Leo, #7 Lynn, #12 Flagler, #13 Montevallo, #16 California Baptist, and #25 Armstrong State. Other schools participating include Catawba College, Tusculum College, Wingate University, Seminole State College of Florida, Columbus State University, Limestone College, Univ. of North Georgia, Embry-Riddle University, University of Tampa, and King University.
The Lions are coming off a second place team finish at its own tournament, the Saint Leo Invitational, last Tuesday at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. Coors won the individual title – the first time a Saint Leo golfer has won the Lions’ home event – after defeating Montevallo’s Elaine Wood in a one-hole playoff.
- Saint Leo has been on an offensive tear as of late, scoring multiple goals in their last four games, and are on a four-match win-streak.
- Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel has scored six goals in the last four game, including two against both Embry-Riddle and Tampa. He is ranked 22nd in the nation in goals scored.
- Freshman James White now has four shut-outs, and has recorded 39 saves. He has
- Stetson is Saint Leo's first NCAA DI opponent this season.
- Lucas Diniz has scored 9 goals for the Hatters.
- Stetson has a 4-8-2 record, and are 0-3-1 in Atlantic Sun action.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
- The Saint Leo women's volleyball team returns to action Tuesday at Tampa. The Lions will take on the top team in the country for the second time this season.
- Saint Leo is coming off a 2-1 week last week. The Lions are 15-6, 6-3 in the SSC and currently lie second in the SSC volleyball standings.
- The Lions are 9-1 in their past 10 outings, had have swept six of their past 10 opponents. Saint Leo's defense has done nothing but improve throughout the season, largely in part to junior libero Jamee Townsend. Townsend averaged a season best 6.60 digs per set last week. The junior's best outing came at Embry-Riddle when Townsend delivered a career high 34 digs in four matches (8.5 digs per set). On top of a stellar defensive outing, Townsend was perfect in serve receive thanks to 15 receptions and no errors. Townsend also dished out five assists. At Rollins, Townsend turned in a match-high 17 digs (5.67 digs per set) and four assists, and one service ace. In the Lions three-set sweep over Eckerd, Townsend collected 15 digs (5.00 digs per set), one assist and one ace.
- In her last outing, Anna Siruckova surpassed the 200 season kill mark. The senior is second on the team with 2.83 kills per set and a team best .276 attack percentage. Hope Lemon continue to lead the Lions with 3.10 kills per set.
- Ashlee Hodgskin averages 11.03 assists per set and continues to lead the SSC in assists per set.
- Tampa dropped their first SSC match Saturday, as no. 1 Tampa was upset by Lynn University, snapping its consecutive SSC win streak with 59 victories. Tampa fell 3-2 by set scores of 26-28, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20 and 8-15. The Spartans dipped to 17-4, 7-1 in SSC match-ups.
Look for the next Lions Ledger out Thursday, October 29.
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