Strong Third Quarter Not Enough to Pull Lions Back into Contention in 19-7 Loss to No. 3 Limestone
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Despite a strong third quarter the Saint Leo men's lacrosse team was unable to pull themselves back into contention after a stunted second stanza, falling by a final score of 19-7 to third-ranked Limestone College on Saturday afternoon at a waterlogged Saints Field. The Lions drop to 2-3 on the season, while Limestone pulls ahead to a mark of 5-0 and extends its in-region win streak to 37 consecutive games
"The second quarter really hurt us," said head coach Brad Jorgensen. "But, the guys played hard the whole way through. The effort was good, but there were just too many mistakes in the second quarter for us to bounce back."
Matt Obermeyer led the way for Saint Leo in goals, tallying three including the team's final two goals of the afternoon. George Proechel earned three points overall with two goals and an assist, with freshman Chris Caiazza netting two goals to round out the Lions' goal count. Tom Horn and Larry McLaughlin dished out an assist apiece to help the Lions' scoring efforts.
Patrick Berry spent three quarters in cage for the Green and Gold, collecting eight saves while allowing 16 shots after facing 34. Sophomore Joe May closed out the final quarter between the pipes, setting aside one shot while yielding three on 14 shots sent his way.
Leading the game in goals was Limestone's Randy Waugh, with four. Teammate Shayne Jackson matched Waugh in points, notching three assists and one goal. A total of 11 different Saints contributed to the 19 goals, with six earning assists.
The game opened up with the Lions finding themselves in a three goal deficit after the first seven minutes, but McLaughlin connected a feed to Caiazza for the Lions' first goal of the game with 5:34 to go in the first quarter.
Obermeyer pulled Saint Leo to within one with an unassisted goal at the 2:32 mark, setting the score at 3-2, but Limestone answered back with a tally of their own with a minute left before the first break to close out the period with a 4-2 lead.
The Green and Gold entered into the second stanza with fervor, but could not hit their stride as the Saints rallied to score seven unanswered goals throughout the quarter. Mistakes plagued the Lions throughout the second period, and Saint Leo found themselves in an 11-2 hole at the half.
The Lions fought hard throughout the second half, scoring five goals to the Saints' eight, but could not pull themselves back into contention with the South Region powerhouse.
Thanks to a stalwart man-down defensive unit, the Lions were able to hold the third-ranked Saints silent on extra man opportunities.
Saint Leo returns to action on Saturday, March 10, when they host Pfeiffer University. Game time against the Falcons is set for 7 p.m. at University Field. Fans will be able to catch all of the action live through saintleolions.com. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo men's lacrosse team, be sure to follow the Lions on Facebook and Twitter.