Friday, Feb. 26
- The Lions play the first of their in-state rivals this weekend with a three-game series versus Palm Beach Atlantic. This will be a South Region series for the Lions, but future Sunshine State Conference member Palm Beach Atlantic does not become a conference foe for the Lions until the 2018 season.
- Saint Leo is 12-7 versus PBA since the Sailfish began the process of transitioning to NCAA Division II membership in 2008. The Lions have won six straight over the Sailfish, including last season’s three-game sweep at Rubin Park. Saint Leo won those three games by a combined score of 41-4.
- Mike Mann and Lane Stancil enter the weekend series with PBA as the Lions’ top two hitters. Mann has been batting at a .458 clip through 24 at bats over six games, after being unable to play on the Hawaii trip due to injury. Stancil has started all 11 games in left field for Saint Leo, and has put together a .340 average with four multiple hit games; he batted .500 (6-for-12) in the three-game Albany State (Ga.) series. He also has a team-high five extra-base hits and is 3-3 in stolen bases. Derek Gibree and Zach Daley are the team’s RBI leaders with eight apiece.
- Andrew Cohen (1-1. 3.78 ERA), Dylan Collett (1-1, 2.95 ERA), and Zach Whitaker (2-0, 2.75 ERA) formed the Lions’ rotation last weekend for the three games against Albany State (Ga.), and are expected to form the rotation again this weekend. Cohen is currently 10th in the SSC in strikeouts (18); Whitaker’s .214 opponent batting average is also 10th-best in the conference, and he is 12th in the SSC in earned run average.
vs Nova Southeastern
Where: University Softball Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
Game Times: 2/26 7PM | 2/27 12 & 3 PM
Records: SLU 9-0, 0-0 SSC | NSU 3-9, 0-3 SSC
Website: SLU | NSU
Coverage Links: Live Stats | Video (Friday)
- No. 14 Saint Leo returns home to host their second home series when the visiting Sharks of Nova Southeastern come to University Softball Stadium for a three game series on Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27. The game on Friday is set for 7PM where first pitch for Saturday’s double-header is at 12PM. The Lions enter at 9-0 as Nova Southeastern is 3-9, 0-3 SSC.
- The last time out for the Lions, Saint Leo swept a three game series at Embry-Riddle as Stephanie Adkins started the series off throwing a no-hitter in Friday’s 5-0 win. Her performance in that game led to her being named the Sunshine State Conference pitcher of the week for the second time this season.
- In the three game series, the trio of pitchers struck out a combined 23 batters and held opponents to a .110 batting average. Saint Leo’s pitching staff allowed only one run on the weekend on eight hits. All three pitchers picked up wins as Adkins sits with four on the season, Samantha Tyler has three and Alana Tabel has three. Adkins leads the way with a 0.25 ERA on the year as both Tyler and Tabel have a 0.41 ERA.
- On the year, Sommer Pollard leads the team from the plate with a .524 batting average and slugging a .619. Rachael Heath is second on the team with a .522 batting average and leads the Lions in stolen bases with a perfect 11-of-11 on the base path. Brooke Samios-Uy is Saint Leo’s RBI leader with 11 in the nine game season.
- Saint Leo jumped into the NFCA National Rankings in at No. 14. It is the second time in program history the Lions have reached 14th, dating back to 2002.
- NSU enters the matchup with a 3-9 overall record and 0-3 in conference play. Dajia Jones leads the Sharks with a .400 batting average and a .657 slugging percentage. In the circle, Jones leads NSU with a 4.43 ERA in 42.2 innings pitched.
Saturday, Feb. 27
At Flagler | 10AM & 1PM
Where: Flagler Tennis Center | St. Augustine, Fla.
- The Saint Leo tennis program heads to Flagler on Saturday for a match after a week off. The women will take on the Peach Belt opponent at 10 AM, while the men’s match will follow at 1PM.
- In the first ITA national rankings of 2016, the Lions stayed in their spots, with the women holding at No. 3, and the men staying at No. 7. Flagler made big jumps in the poll as their men’s team moved from unranked to No. 25, while the women jumped up from 31st to No. 16.
- Both teams are currently 2-0 after beating Georgia College, Valdosta State, while also registering non-countable wins over ABAC, and Asa Miami. Freshmen Alberto Barroso-Campos and Natalia Siedliska both have opened undefeated in their opening campaigns.
- The Flagler women’s team comes into the match with a 6-1 record, beating the likes of No. 13 Georgia College, No. 27 Rollins, No. 36 Augusta, and No. 39 Palm Beach Atlantic. The men’s team is 4-2 with a high profile win over No. 10 Rollins.
- The Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team hits the road this weekend for the first road contest of the season as they look to take on Shorter at 1 PM on Saturday. The Lions come into the match-up with a 1-1 record after falling 16-7 to No. 1 Limestone a week ago.
- The Lions are led by senior Dylan Yonts and sophomore Jake Gilmour. Yonts has scored a team-high six goals, and Gilmore has added five goals and a team-best six assists for a team-high 11 points. Senior Will Cothron has picked up 13 ground balls so far, while keeper Dave Moore has recorded 13 saves.
- Shorter is currently 1-2, picking up a season opening win over Reinhardt, following with losses to Lynn and Lindenwood. The Hawks are averaging 7.33 goals per game, while giving up 13 goals a game. Matt Kristiansen leads the Hawks with nine goals, on 34.6-percent shooting.
- The Saint Leo women’s basketball team returns home for the final game of the 2015-16 regular season as they host Tampa on Saturday afternoon. The last time these two teams matches up, the Spartans got the better hand, taking the game 76-56. The Lions saw Izabell Skoogh hit seven three’s on the way to a 24-point performance, while Chelsy Springs add 13 points, six boards and four assists. Three different players scored in double figures led by Juliana Cavallaro with 19. Ellen Nurmi added 13 points and nine assists, while Elena de Alfredo added 11 points and six rebounds for the Spartans.
- Springs is currently averaging 16.5 points per game and 7.6 rebounds. Her 16.5 points are second in the conference, and her 7.6 rebounds are first.
- The Lions are averaging 37 rebounds per game, while dishing out 10.8 assists. Saint Leo has been able to hold opponents to 31.3-percent shooting.
- The Spartans shoot 45.6-percent from the field on the season, while making 6.7 threes per game.
- Cavallaro is averaging 14.5 points per game on 43.7-percent from the field, while Elena de Alfredo adds 12.2 points per game.
- The Lions enter the final regular season game with a 17-10 and 9-6 SSC record as the visiting Spartans of Tampa come in at 9-17 and 4-11 in conference play.
- Saint Leo fell in their last road trip of the season 81-72 at Rollins on Wednesday, February 24th behind senior Trey Griseck’s career-high 25 points. Marcus Dewberry recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, a game after he recorded his first career triple-double.
- This past week, Marcus Dewberry was named SSC Player of the Week after he put up 60 points in two games and grabbed 18 boards while dishing out 15 assists. His performance for the two games got rewarded after he was selected as the U.S. Basketball Writers Associations DII Men’s National Player of the Week.
- The Spartans come into the matchup after losing their last three games with the most recent against Lynn 74-55 at home. Tampa saw two players in double-figures as Pat Bacon led the way with 16 points and Austin Rettig chipped in 11 points. Duke Shelton cleaned the boards with 12 for the Spartans.
- In the conference, Saint Leo ranks third in scoring offense averaging 84.3 points per game as Tampa ranks second in scoring defense holding opponents to 74.0 points per game. The Lions are fifth in scoring margin at -0.2 as the Spartans are ninth at -3.0.
Monday, Feb. 29
Saint Leo Men’s golf at South/Southeastern Regional Preview
Where: Mission Inn Resort & Club – Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
When: Monday, Feb. 29 & Tuesday, March 1
- Saint Leo men’s golf stared off the spring season with a victory at the 35th annual Matlock Collegiate Classic in Lakeland, Fla., winning by eight strokes. Liam Ainsworth won the individual title after moving from fourth in the first round to first and holding on to first in the second and third rounds. The Lions finished with an 869 (+50) team total as Ainsworth won with a 215 (+1) on the three rounds.
- Joey Savoie tied for fifth with a 217 (+3), Ryan Gendron tied for ninth at 219 (+5), Hugo Bernard tied for 20th 221 (+7) and Casey Bannon tied for 41st at 229 (+15).
- The starting five for the Lions will be Liam Ainsworth, Joey Savoie, Ryan Gendron, Hugo Bernard and Casey Bannon.
- A total of 18 schools are participating in the regional preview, including 10 top-25 nationally-ranked squads. No. 1 in the nation Saint Leo will lead the field as No. 2 Chico State will participate as well. No. 4 Nova Southeastern, No. 6 Florida Southern and No. 7 Lynn round out the top-10 of the top-25 heading to Mission Inn Resort & Club. Other ranked that will be participating are No. 13 Lee, No. 15 North Alabama, No. 16 Georgia Southwestern State, No. 21 Carson-Newman and No. 22 Florida Tech.
- Clayton State, Delta State, Erskine, Georgia College, Limestone, Shorter, Valdosta State and Wingate make up the rest of the field of 18.
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