OLD WESBURY, N.Y. – Saint Leo junior attackman Matt Obermeyer had a big afternoon, notching five goals against No. 9 NYIT on Thursday at President's Stadium, but the Bears proved to be too much as they took down the Lions by a final score of 14-7. The Loss snaps a seven-game win streak for the Lions, and drops their record to 7-3 on the season, while the nationally-ranked Bears advance to 6-2.
Obermeyer's game high five goal performance was reinforced a goal apiece from George Proechel and Dylan Yonts. Proechel added an assist to his afternoon, officially becoming the program's all-time leader in career assists with a total of 54. Yonts also added an assist to his performance, with Chris Caiazza and Robert Hutchinson earning an assist each, as well.
In cage, freshman Dave Moore made 14 saves, including five in the first and third quarters to help thwart the opposing Bears. Joe Fallon earned the win for NYIT, allowing seven goals while making 13 saves, including five in the first quarter to keep the Lions off of the scoreboard.
The Bears were led by Luke Miller, who posted a nine point game with four goals and five assists. Shawn Murphy and Ryan Brunet each netted a hat trick on the day, with Brunet adding an assist for four points overall.
A strong first half by NYIT got the better of Saint Leo. The Lions were unable to break through the NYIT defense in the first quarter, and fell into a two goal deficit as the Bears were able to place two shots between the pipes.
The second stanza was dominated by NYIT. Saint Leo was finally able to get onto the scoreboard with three goals by Obermeyer, but the Bears rattled off eight goals throughout the quarter to pull ahead by a score of 10-3 at the half.
Both teams tallied two goals apiece in both the third and fourth quarter to close out the game with a score of 14-7 in favor of NYIT.
NYIT led the shot count, 47-33, and had more shots on target, 39-26. The Lions were barely edged out in the ground ball count, with the Bears collecting 39 to the Lions' 38. Saint Leo caused 17 turnovers, including three from Proechel and Moore. Freshman Will Cothron won 11-of-22 faceoff attempts as the Lions won a total of 12-of-24 on the afternoon.
The Lions return to action on Saturday, April 6, when they take on Florida Southern in a Deep South Conference showdown at University Turf Stadium. Game time against the Mocs is slated for 7:00 p.m. Fans who cannot make it to the game can catch all of the action live on the Saint Leo Sports Network at SaintLeoLions.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest news, updates, and information by following the Lions on Twitter, an "Liking" the Green and Gold on Facebook.