CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Stephanie Marran and Joanna Chadwick combined for seven of the Lions' eight goals as the Queens University of Charlotte Royals defeated Saint Leo with a final score of 12-8 on Monday afternoon from the Queens Sports Complex.
With the loss, Saint Leo dips to a record of 0-4 on the season, while the Royals advance their overall mark to 4-3.
Leading the game in goals was Marran, who netted four goals and added an assist for a team high five points. Chadwick, netting her first goals of the season, recorded a hat trick, while freshman Paige Leggio scored a goal of her own. Alyssa Viscomi dished out an assist to wrap up the Lions' scoring efforts on the day.
The Royals saw scoring efforts from seven players, led by Maggie Masters who tallied three goals and two assists for a game high five points.
Queens opened the game building a four goal advantage over 16 minutes of action, but Chadwick found a feed from Viscomi with 7:31 to go before the half to finally put the Lions on the scoreboard. Marran scored nine seconds later for the final goal from both teams for the half, setting the score in favor of the Royals at 4-2 at the break.
The second period opened with Queens netting the first goal, pulling out to a marginal 5-2 lead with 28:33 to go, but Leggio answered back two minutes later to pull the Lions back to within two, 5-3.
The Royals scored four consecutive goals over the ensuing seven minutes, pulling ahead 9-3 with 18:51 on the clock. But two straight goals from Chadwick, followed by back-to-back goals from Marran over the subsequent eight minutes helped pull Saint Leo back into contention with a score of 9-7 and 9:36 remaining.
Queens' Jena Ready snapped the Saint Leo streak 10 seconds later, but Marran answered back two minutes later when the Lions were man-down, setting the score at 10-8 with a shade over seven minutes to go.
Despite the Lions best efforts in the waning minutes, Queens was able to put two more on the scoreboard while Saint Leo was unable to capitalize on any of their offensive opportunities, leaving the final score at 12-8 in favor of the Royals.
Marran led all on the field with six draw controls, helping Saint Leo match Queens off the draw, 11-11. The Lions led the game in the ground ball battle, 22-19, and were successful on 20-of-25 clear attempts. The Royals led the shot count, 27-23, but Saint Leo placed more shots on target, 20-18.
The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team returns to action on Thursday, March 7, when they host Mount Olive College. Game time against the Trojans is slated for 6 p.m. at University Turf Stadium. 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 ews, updates, and information, fans can 'Like' the Lions on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.