SAINT LEO, Fla. – The inaugural women's lacrosse team said hello to the Saint Leo University campus with plenty of support from the community as they took to the field in their first ever home game on Friday evening. The Lions matched up against Lindenwood University in their home opener at University Field, eventually dropping to the visiting Lions by a score of 23-5.
Saint Leo drops to 0-2 on its young season, while LU opens their 2012 campaign with a mark of 1-0.
Sophomore attackman Stephanie Marran tipped her hat to the crowd in high fashion, scoring four of the team's five goals on the evening. Alyssa Viscomi notched the first goal of her collegiate career thanks to an assist from Alix Murray to round out Saint Leo's scoring efforts on the evening.
Brittany Millsap and Nicole Sirota-Plotnikov once again split time between the pipes for the Lions. Millsap made six saves on the night, including four in the first half, while yielding 15 in 39 minutes of action.
Marran and Joanna Chadwick both earned three ground balls on the night, with Kasey Tanner, Kelsey Cunningham, and Callie Porcher close behind with two apiece. Porcher added a caused turnover to her defensive stats on the evening, while Marran won a game-high seven draw controls to help the Lions' efforts.
Lindenwood was headed up by Kara Cashen, who tallied a game-high five goals in LU's first contest of the season. Cashen added an assist to her goal total for six points on the night. Matching Cashen's point total on the evening was Lexi Crusha, who notched three goals and three assists.
Saint Leo pulled out to an early lead thanks to a goal from Marran at the 27:50 mark in the first half, but Cashen and Justiene Groothuis knotted up the score at 1-1 just a minute later. Lindenwood sprinted out to an 8-1 advantage over the ensuing 12 minutes before Viscomi could stunt their streak with a goal with 14:10 on the clock before the half.
Both teams traded blows in the next few minutes, setting the score at 9-3 with 12:55 before the half, but Lindenwood once again found a scoring streak and notched six unanswered tallies to close out the first period with a score of 15-3. Lindenwood outscored Saint Leo 8-2 in the final stanza, closing out the game with an 18-goal advantage.
Saint Leo trailed the shot count 37-14, as well as in the ground ball battle 29-17. The Green and Gold won 11-of-30 draw controls, and were 2-for-5 on free position shots.
The Lions return to action on Friday, February 24, when they travel to Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. Game time against the Indians is set for 6 p.m. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo women's lacrosse team, visit saintleolions.com.