Friday, Feb. 5
- The Lions take on Chadron State in the opening game of 2016 at the Eckerd Tournament. Saint Leo will play their first five games in Clearwater with two on Friday, one Saturday and two Sunday morning.
- The Matchups:
- Saint Leo looks to continue their winning ways as last season, the Lions ended the year on an 11 game win streak, seven straight shutout and 50 scoreless innings dating back to April 11th when the last run the Lions gave up was in the sixth inning of their first win of their win streak.
- Saint Leo return 13 student-athletes from the 2015 roster while adding seven newcomers.
- Of the 7 newcomers, the Lions add four freshman in Ciara McCoy (OF | Orlando, Fla./William R. Boone), Morgan Mobley (INF | Lake Panasoffkee, Fla./South Sumter), Brooke Samios-Uy (INF | Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) and Alyssa Wash (OF | St. Johns, Fla./Bartram Trail).
- Saint Leo’s addition came in the way of the transfer in Stephanie Adkins (P | Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek) joins the Lions from Seminole State College; Danielle Bottley (CF | Stockton, Calif./Ronald E. McNair) joins the Lions from Midland College; Samantha Ohmie (INF | Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) comes to the Lions from Howard College.
- The Lions return the nation’s leading pitcher in Earned Run Average from a year ago in Alana Tabel. Tabel had an ERA of 0.94 in 134 innings pitched to lead the pitching staff to a nation’s second best team ERA of 1.23. Tabel was tabbed 2015 Daktronics All-South Region Second Team and All-SSC Second Team.
- Ciera Schumaker and Sommer Pollard return at the two top hitters finishing last year third and fourth, respectively, on the team in batting average. Schumaker hit .367 as Pollard was sitting at a .355 BA.
- Weekend Schedule
- Chardon State (4:30 PM); 2015 record 15-35, 15-21 RMAC
- Shorter (7:30 PM); 2015 record 47-17, 20-12 GSC | Advanced to NCAA Tournament
- Palm Beach Atlantic 1-2 (1:30 PM); 2015 record 33-22
- Ursuline (9AM); 2015 record 10-23, 2-18 GMAC
- Florida Tech 4-1 (11:30 AM); 2015 record 38-20, 14-10 GSC | Advanced to NCAA Super Regionals
Saturday, Feb. 6
- Tennis heads to Valdosta, Ga., to take on Georgia College and Valdosta State this weekend.
- On the women’s side, Saint Leo is nationally ranked at No. 3 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and are the No. 1 team in the South Region. The Lions also boast two individuals in the Top-10 nationally. Freshman Natalia Siedliska falls in at No. 3, and junior Marine Beugre-Guyot is No. 10.
- On the men’s side, Saint Leo falls in at No. 7 nationally, and No. 4 in the South Region. The men boast three individuals in the Top-20, seeing freshman Alberto Barroso-Campos fall in at No. 3, while senior Alex Theiler is ranked No.13, and senior Egor Panyushkin takes the No. 19 spot.
- The Lion’s opponents boast national rankings of their own as Georgia College is No. 12 on the men’s side, and No. 13 on the women’s side. Valdosta State will be the first of the men’s squad’d Top-10 opponents as the men’s team holds down the No. 9 ranking, and the women’s team is No. 21.
- Saint Leo hosts Lynn on Saturday at 2 PM for Girls and Women in Sports Day. The day’s events include an all sport youth clinic, a halftime speaker in Beth Bass, and other themed happenings.
- The Lions are coming off of a 79-69 loss to Barry on Wednesday evening, despite erasing a 25-point deficit in the second half. Mary Redmond connected on 6 of 12 from beyond the arch, scoring a career-high 27 points. Chelsy Springs followed with 24 points, and Asia Royster added a career-best 11 points.
- Springs leads the team offensively this season, averaging 17.9 points. She has eight 20-plus point games this season, and has scored in double-figures in all but two games. She also is the team’s leading rebounder, grabbing 8.2 per game.
- Redmond has been surging as of late, scoring in double figures in 9 of the last 10 games, including four straight. She has also has had 12 games where she has made multiple three-point shots.
- The Lions find themselves as the third best offensive rebounding team in the conference, grabbing 13.3 rebounds on the offensive end.
- Lynn enters the game on an 11-game losing streak, but had the week off, as their last game was against Barry on Jan. 30, losing 73-68.
- Senior Charla Nelson-James leads the Fighting Knights in both points (11.2) and rebounds (6.8). Tifani Kerrison adds 10.8 points as well.
- The Saint Leo men’s basketball team returns home to host the Fighting Knights of Lynn University at 4PM on Saturday inside the Marion Bowman Center. When the two teams met in December at Lynn, Saint Leo lost 97-91 behind Marcus Dewberry’s 33 points. Caleb Stewart and Tyreece Brice chipped in with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
- The Lions dropped their most previous game at #17/10 Barry on Wednesday 102-75.
- Saint Leo leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 39.1-percent as a team, as well as leading the league in three-point field goal defense holding their opponent to just 32.0-percent.
- Lynn leads the league in blocked shot and steals averaging 5 blocks and 9.63 steals a game.
Sunday, Feb. 6
Saint Leo women’s golf at Flagler College World Golf Invitational
Where: World Golf Village, Slammer & Squire Course – St. Augustine, Fla.
When: Sunday, Feb. 7 & Monday, Feb. 8
Live Scoring: http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=8574
- Saint Leo women’s golf opens up the Spring portion of its 2015-16 slate this Sunday at the Flagler College World Golf Invitational. The tournament will be played at the World Golf Village’s par-72, 6,070-yard Slammer & Squire Course, named after co-course designers Sam Snead (the “Slammer”) and Gene Sarazen (the “Squire”). Lynn University has won the last two World Golf Invitationals, and Saint Leo finished fifth out of 17 teams at last year’s tournament after leading the field following the first round.
- The Lions’ starting five will be junior Marie Coors, sophomore Amanda Jakobsson, sophomore Vilde Eriksen, freshman Mao Young, and newcomer Sabrina Rumbaugh.
- A total of 18 schools are participating in the tournament, including 10 nationally-ranked squads. Eight are Division II programs among the top 25 in Golfstat’s Division II relative rankings: No. 2 Barry, No. 3 Florida Tech, No. 6 Saint Leo, No. 7 Nova Southeastern, No. 9 West Florida, No. 10 Lynn, No. 13 Flagler College, and No. 19 West Georgia. The top two NAIA teams, Keiser University and Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, will also compete in this year’s World Golf Invitationonal.
Monday, Feb. 7
Where: Lone Palm Golf Club | Lakeland, Fla.
Host: Florida Southern
- Saint Leo enters the spring sitting second in the nation as they head to the Matlock Collegiate Classic hosted by Sunshine State Conference foe Florida Southern.
- The Lions are led by Joey Savoie who finished the fall with a team best 70.91 average and finished inside the top-10 in two events.
- Liam Ainsworth came in second on the team averaging a 71.50 and recorded one top-10 finish in the fall. Ryan Gendron tied Savoie for amounts of top-10 finishes with 2 as he was third in average at 71.58. Daniel Pico finished fourth at 72.33 as Riley Goss was in fifth on the team in average at 74.75.
- Saint Leo won the Guy Harvey Shark Invitational in October taking first out of 18 teams. Savoie, Gendron and Ainsworth all finished tied for sixth to lead the Lions to a victory. Saint Leo was tied for second after the first round turning in a 286 score card before taking first in the second round, 285, and then remained in first after the third round of 293.
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