SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team snapped a three-game winless streak as the Lions scored 10 goals in a second-half explosion that lifted them to a 17-9 victory over Lindenwood University in Tuesday evening action.
Freshman Matt Obermeyer helped lead the explosion as he scored eight goals, including five in the second half.
It was a first half that saw the visiting LU Lions jump out to a 3-0 lead, surprising Saint Leo (5-4) in the first five minutes of play. The hosts would respond with the next three goals to know the game back up, and then would answer each of Lindenwood’s next three goals to keep the game even and within reach.
A two-goal outburst by Lindenwood saw them take the biggest lead at 8-6. A George Proechel man-up goal cut the lead to 8-7 as the first half ended.
All it took was some serious halftime motivation from Head Coach Brad Jorgensen as the Lions second-half domination resembled the Saint Leo teams of old when they emerged from the locker room.
The Lindenwood advantage lasted for a total of 1:15 before Connor McBride scored the equalizer. His goal would open the floodgates as the only team to score in the third quarter wore the Green and Gold.
It was a 10-1 second half that firmly put the game into the Lions’ control as they nearly doubled up the visitors from St. Charles, Missouri.
In addition to Obermeyer, McBride and Proechel scored two goals each and five other Lions notched a goal in the win.
The most productive game of the year saw the Lions go 3-for-5 in extra-man opportunities.
The Lions will now make their second North Carolina trip of the 2011 season when they face Mars Hill College on Friday night. The game is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 p.m. in Mars Hill, NC.