CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The eighth-ranked Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team was stunned by Queens University as the hosts shocked the Lions, 10-9, at the Queens Sports Complex Friday afternoon. The loss came just one minute and five seconds into the second overtime when Queens’ Corey Geroy hit the back of the net from five feet out to complete the upset. The Royals handed Saint Leo their first loss of the season to improve to 2-1, while the Lions drop to 2-1.
The teams matched each other goal-for-goal throughout the game, duplicating the other’s scoring total each period until Geroy’s game-winner.
The Lions, playing their second game in three days, jumped ahead 2-0 early in the first quarter on goals from Kyle Marceau and Cole Seija before Travis Speer assisted Brian Masterson on his first of three goals at 1:59 to put the Royals on the board. Speer would join the action shortly after with a goal of his own, knotting the game at two apiece before the end of the quarter.
The teams alternated scores in the second quarter, starting with the Lions’ Marceau, who would go on to tally a hat trick before the end of the first half. Down 3-2, Queens’ David Weise scored the first of his two goals with 51 seconds remaining to tie the game at the half.
The Royals came out of the break and scored just one minute out of the gate to take their first lead of the game, 6-5. Saint Leo scored a pair from Seija and newcomer George Proechel to take the lead back before Weise maneuvered another late goal to tie the game at seven.
Queens maintained the momentum from Weise’s late-quarter tally and scored the next two goals of the game to go ahead, 9-7, with under six minutes remaining. Saint Leo rallied back with Proechel’s third goal of the day to bring the Lions within one. After a Saint Leo timeout, the Lions stormed down the field to tie the game, 9-9 with 2:54 remaining, both teams elected to play defensively and force overtime.
After a null first overtime, the Royals wasted little time going on the attack in the second. Leveraging for position behind the net, Louie Boyle dished the ball as quickly as he received it to Geroy for the game-winning goal.
A statistical stalemate, the Royals committed only 18 turnovers opposed to 22 by the Lions.
Despite the loss, Marceau and Proechel each tallied three goals while Seija scored twice and Frank Keel hit the back of the net once.
David Erdman managed 14 saves while allowing 10 goals. His counterpart, Brandon Macknew made 18 saves for the Royals while only allowing nine goals in the win.
The Lions will try to put the loss behind him as they move back into Deep South Conference play when they take on Catawba College on Sunday afternoon. Things are scheduled to get underway at Catawba’s Shuford Stadium at 1:00 p.m.