SAINT LEO, Fla. – After posting a 13 goal first half, including nine goals in the second quarter, the Saint Leo men's lacrosse team held onto their hefty lead and picked up an 18-10 victory over the Adams State University Grizzlies on Monday evening at University Turf Stadium. The win advances the Lions record to 5-2 on the season, while Adams State drops to 1-2 on their young season.
Sophomore attackman Chris Caiazza scored a career high eight points as he rattled off five goals and added three assists on the night. George Proechel earned five points with four goals and an assist, scoring his 100th career goal and becoming the program's all-time career leader in points with his performance. Matt Obermeyer placed the ball in the back of the net four times. A total of 13 different Lions helped to put points on the scoreboard as the Green and Gold picked up their fifth straight victory.
A 12-goal lead at the half gave Saint Leo room to play 41 players from the roster as the Lions made easy work of their opponent. The first half saw Caiazza and Proechel tally all of their points for the night as the Lions sprinted out to an eight goal lead before ASU was able to put their lone first-half goal on the scoreboard. Proechel's 100th career goal came in the first quarter on his second goal of the evening at the 7:23 mark, matching the program career high in overall points with 150 (100g, 50a). Then, in the second quarter, the Orlando, Fla. native became the all-time leader in points on an assist at the 11:38 mark.
Between the pipes, freshman goalie Dave Moore saw a total of 27:11 minutes between the pipes. In his time in cage, the Lake Mary, Fla. native made three saves while allowing one goal. Justin Laxton took over for Moore with two minutes remaining in the second quarter, and spent a total of 22:42 in cage, setting aside seven shots while yielding only four. Joe May and Jesse Leeman also stepped into goal for the Green and Gold, with May earning one save on one goal allowed, and Leeman posting two saves while allowing four shots into the back of the net.
Adams State was led by Mike Telles, who notched four goals on the night, all on man-up situations. Seth Stowell matched Telles in points as he posted three goals and an assist for four points overall.
The Lions scored on six of nine man-up opportunities as the Grizzlies were whistled for a whopping 14 penalties for 12 ½ minutes. Saint Leo was called for 10 penalties for 10½ minutes, with only a 30-second technical penalty being called on the Lions in the entire first half. The Grizzlies were 4-for-7 on man-up situations.
Saint Leo trailed the overall shot count, 49-32, but had a .813 shots-on-goal percentage compared to ASU's .469 shots-on-target. The Lions led the game in ground balls, 29-23, and won 21-of-32 faceoff attempts. John Laronga won a blistering 9-of-12 attempts before Will Cothron took the reins, winning 8-of-13. Robert Figueroa was 1-for-1 from the line, while Mark Lang was 3-for-5. Laronga led the team with six ground balls on the night, while Paul Aramanda caused a team high two turnovers.
The Lions return to action on Friday, March 15, when they travel to Lenoir-Rhyne to take on the Bears in Deep South Conference action. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in Hikory, N.C. Fans who cannot make it to the game can catch all of the action live on the Saint Leo Sports Network at SaintLeoLions.com. For the latest news, updates, and information, fans can 'Like' the Lions on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.