Saint Leo, Fla. (March 7, 2007) – Despite three goals and one assist from Ryan Harris (Sr., Vestal, N.Y.), the Saint Leo University lacrosse team (1-2, 0-1 DSC) fell to visiting Catawba College in a Deep South Conference game at University Field.

The game marked the first-ever Deep South Conference match-up for the Lions who joined the league in the fall.  Saint Leo’s Chris Storrie (So., Syracuse, N.Y.) also added two goals and assist for the Lions.  Catawba’s Kurt Green had six goals and two assists to lead the Indians to the win.

Catawba took the lead on a goal Wayne Carbiener with 10:11 left to play in the opening quarter.  The Lions tied the score with Harris’ first goal of the night just 1:20 later.  Catawba scored each of the next two goals to open a 3-1 lead but Harris again brought the Lions back with his second goal of the game with just 15.2 seconds remaining in the first.

Saint Leo tied the score with 10:41 left in the second, as Storrie notched his fifth goal of the season.  Catawba went on to score the next three goals with two coming before half-time and the third at the start of the third quarter.  The Lions responded with Storrie’s team-leading sixth goal of the season just 42-seconds later to make it 6-4, but the Indians added two goals late in the third.

After Catawba added to its lead with 8:07 left in the game, Harris and Andrew Murdock (So., Orlando, Fla.) scored back-to-back goals less than a minute apart to make it a 9-6 game.  However, Catawba iced the win with a final tally just 21.9 seconds from the end.

Saint Leo will continue its Deep South Conference schedule this weekend when it hosts Wingate University on Friday at 7:00 p.m.