March 14, 2012

No. 15 Pfeiffer Too Much for Saint Leo in 21-6 South Region Loss

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women's lacrosse team couldn't muscle their way past No. 15 Pfeiffer University on Wednesday morning at University Field, falling to the Falcons by a score of 21-6.  The Lions drop to 1-6 on the season, while Pfeiffer advances to a mark of 4-3.

Christina Minneci led the Lions with her second hat trick of the season.  Stephanie Marran was close behind with two goals, and Callie Porcher rounded out the goal count with one.  Alix Murray dished out the Lions' only assist of the day.

Andrea Kuhl came up with a game-high five ground balls, while Minneci came up with four.  Off the draw, Marran led the game with five draw controls, followed by Chadwick and Minneci with four apiece, and Andrea Mann collecting two.

Brittany Millsap saw the majority of the time in cage for the Lions, earning five saves while allowing 16 goals in 46 minutes of play.  Nicole Sirota-Plotnikov spent 14 minutes between the pipes, allowing five goals and not setting aside any shots.

Their counterparts, Jamie Alcala and Rachel McCarthy, collectively made nine saves while yielding six shots.

The Falcons were headed up by Natalie Marvin, whose five goals and two assists combine for a game high seven points.  Liz Melesh tallied five points with four goals and an assist as a total of eight Pfeiffer players contributed to the score.

Saint Leo found themselves knotted up at 1-1 with Pfeiffer after the first minute and a half, but the Falcons swiftly flew away with the lead as they scored nine unanswered goals to pull out to a 10-1 advantage with 15:46 on the clock.

Minneci and Marran netted two straight to pull the Lions to within seven, but four more goals from Pfeiffer set the score at 14-3 at the half.

Despite the Lions' best efforts, Pfeiffer outscored Saint Leo 7-3 throughout the second stanza, setting the final score at 21-6.

Pfeiffer led the shot count 28-23, but the Lions won the ground ball battle 22-19.  Saint Leo won 15-of-29 draw controls, but found success on only 13-of-20 clear attempts.

The Lions return to action on Sunday, March 18, when they host Indiana Tech.  Game time against the Warriors is set for 4 p.m. at University Field.  Fans who cannot make it to the game will be able to catch all of the action live at saintleolions.com.