LAURINBURG, N.C. – Saint Leo lacrosse junior Joe Guerin exploded for six goals Thursday evening as the Lions notched their first win of the 2009 campaign in a 13-6 decision against the St. Andrews’ Knights on the road in North Carolina.
Saint Leo outscored the hosts in every quarter including matching 3-2 totals in the first two periods to take a 6-4 lead at halftime. The Lions then pulled away with a 4-2 third quarter and a 3-0 fourth quarter.
Game action saw SLU open the scoring with Ryan Pomponio taking the ball to the cage in the first minute for a goal. The Lions would briefly lose the lead with two quick goals from St. Andrews courtesy of Kyle Loda and Ryan Hauswirth but SLU would regroup on a Guerin goal with an assist from Kyle Marceau. The Lions then took the lead on a Chris Storrie goal just before the end of the quarter.
Saint Leo would continue to open up the lead in the second quarter. The Lions got two quick goals at the beginning of the quarter from Mark Dargon and Pomponio.
The Knights would take advantage of man-up opportunities on goals from Nick Lewnes and another from Loda, both on assist from Kyle Carnaggio. Saint Leo would go into half with a 6-4 lead after another Guerin goal.
The third quarter would be dominated by the Lions on both ends of the field and would prove to be the pivotal quarter for Saint Leo. Kyle Marceau would dish out three of his 5 assists in the third quarter of action.
Marceau would connect with Ben Brigham twice and Guerin once for the Lions. Guerin would continue his scoring on an assist from Ryan Pomponio. The Lions defense would shut down the Knights by allowing only one goal in the quarter from DJ Zymkowitz on an assist from Fred Parsons.
Saint Leo would put the exclamation point on the contest in the fourth quarter with Evan Mills scoring on a ripper from nearly twenty yards out. Fittingly, Guerin would end the scoring barrage for the Lions after another exceptional pass from Storrie.
Saint Leo sophomore goalkeeper David Erdman made 11 saves when the Knights did put a shot on goal for his first victory of the season. Erdman (1-1) and the Lions defense kept St. Andrews off the scoreboard for the final 21 minutes en route to the seven-goal victory.
Senior Kyle Loda had a team-high two goals for the Knights and Zymkowitz scored his first collegiate goal on that third quarter blast. The sophomore trio of Nick Lewnes, Ryan Hoover, and Ryan Hauswirth accounted for the Knights other goals.
Junior Kyle Marceau set up most of the Lions offense with a game-high five assists. Marceau had the feed on three of Guerin’s goals and assisted on both of senior Ben Brigham’s goals. Senior Ryan Pomonio found the back of the net twice. Brigham and Pomponio both finished with three points, each adding an assist.
The hosts held a slight 37-33 ground ball edge. Both teams were very successful on clearing attempts with the Knights converting 21-of-23 tries and Saint Leo going 26-of-29. St. Andrews was 2-for-5 on extra-man opportunities and the Lions were 1-for-4.
The Lions return to action this Saturday when they head to Pfeiffer University to play a noon matchup that will be broadcast on the Saint Leo Lions AudioCast Network.