SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University lacrosse team (7-1) earned a hard fought 10-6 victory over a very good Saint Michael’s College Purple Knights team (1-2), Wednesday evening at University Field.
In the victory, Mark Dargon collected the 38th assist of his career, taking over first place on the all-time assist list at Saint Leo, surpassing Ryan Harris.
Joe Guerin had a big night for the Green and Gold, popping the net three times in the four goal win, while adding an assist and led the team with six ground balls. Fresh off a DSC Freshman of the Week honor, Kyle Marceau totaled two goals and tallied an assist, while his teammate Luke Baruch also collected a pair of goals. Ben Brigham, Nick Bova and Brandon Trombly also etched their names into the scores book, chipping in a goal apiece. On the defensive side, goalkeeper David Erdman was spectacular in net, snagging 14 saves on 32 total Purple Knight shots.
It appeared the Lions offense picked up right where they left off from their drubbing of Franklin Pierce, jumping out to a 5-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Both Baruch and Trombly targeted the cage within the first five minutes of the game to make the score 2-0. It was then Dargon’s time to shine as he fed Guerin for his 38th career assist to make the score 3-0. The Lions controlled the final five minutes of the play, as well, when Brigham and Marceau peppered the goal keeper for two goals in the final two and a half minutes of the first quarter to make the game 5-0.
The big first quarter lead slowly began to evaporate in the second quarter as Saint Michael’s tallied three of the for total goals during the second quarter, with the lone Lions’ goal coming from Guerin with 10:43 left in the quarter. Still, the Lions lead was cut in half, 6-3, heading into intermission.
The Saint Leo defense came out much more aggressive in the second half, as they held the Purple Knights scoreless over the next 15 minutes. In the meantime, Baruch and Marceau took advantage of the stalling Saint Michael’s offense as they extended the Lions’ lead back to five by planting a goal into the back of the net.
Guerin couldn’t wait to get SLU rolling again in the fourth, striking the back of the net with the Lions ninth tally of the evening. The 9-3 lead was the biggest of the night for the Lions, but the Purple Knights continued to try and chip away at the lead, eventually cutting the lead back to three with under seven minutes to go. But Bova, with the score 9-6, accumulated the final goal of the night for Saint Leo on a laser that went directly under the keepers’ arm and once again gave the Lions a four goal lead, proving to be the final margin of victory.
Saint Michael’s couldn’t respond with anymore goals against Erdman and the Lions stout defense, as the SLU wrapped up their seventh victory on the 09’ campaign.
The games don’t get any easier for Saint Leo, as they return to University Field on Saturday, March 21 for a 1:00 regional showdown with Limstone College.