LAKELAND, Fla. – The Saint Leo lacrosse team (10-3, 4-1 DSC) fell to the Florida Southern College Moccasins (3-8, 2-3 DSC) 11-10, Saturday evening from Lakeland, Fla. in Deep South Conference action.
Both teams came out with strong offensive performance in the first quarter. The Moccasins were able to score two goals on their first two shots of the game. The Lions took advantage of two man-up opportunities en route to three straight goals, shared by Nick Bova, George Proechel and Frank Kell, gave Saint Leo a 3-2 lead with 9:37 remaining. Twenty-six seconds later Florida Southern's Jon Freda found Seabrooke Carter for his second goal of the game tying the game 3-3. After both teams traded goals, Saint Leo, behind Proechel and Kyle Marceau, scored the final two goals of the opening period giving the Lions a 6-4 advantage.
FSC's Corey Brown started the scoring in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 6-5 with 9:28 left in the half. Saint Leo’s duo of Bova and Keel scored back-to-back goals to give the Lions an 8-5 advantage at the half.
The Moccasins scored three of the first four goals of the second half to cut the lead to 9-8 with 5:38 remaining in the third period. George Proechel scored what would be the Lions’ final goal with 44 seconds left in the third quarter to give them a 10-8 lead.
Twice Brown was able to find Holding cutting to the net for goals, the second of which tied the game with 8:49 remaining. The Moccasins were able to take advantage of a Saint Leo turnover, as Holding picked up the loose ball and found the back of the cage for his seventh goal of the game. The Moccasins defense was able to hold off a late surge by the Lions, stopping four shots.
Proechel and Bova both finished with three goals while Marceau and Keel each finished with two. SLU goalie David Erdman finished with just five saves on the evening.
The Lions, who have concluded their regular season schedule, now await seeding for the Deep South Conference tournament, which will be announced on Sunday.