SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team fell to Lenoir-Rhyne, 15-10, in the final home game of 2017 at University Turf Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Kelsey Burns showed out in her final home appearance, scoring five goals in the match, including the first three of the game for the green & gold.
The visiting Bears used a strong second half to dart by the Lions using 11 draw wins to their advantage.
Saint Leo fell to Lenoir-Rhyne, 15-10 Location: Saint Leo, Fla. | University Turf Stadium Records: Saint Leo 6-10 | Lenoir-Rhyne 10-6
How it happened 1H | The Bears opened up the game with the first score, senior Kelsey Burns tied it up a few minutes later. Lenoir-Rhyne would take the lead four minutes later, but off the next draw Burns would gain possession and sprint her way by the Bears, and tally the score. Burns would then score the Lions' third goal to give them the lead. Lenoir-Rhyne would tack on two more on the board before Caroline Fraser found Leslie Ferguson for the score. Fraser would then add one of her own off an Abbie Ross dish to give the lead back to the Lions. The Bears would respond less than a minute later to even the game at 5-all. Sabrina Sanacore dished a magical pass off to Kaylah Walstad as Walstad would connect on the score. However, the visitors would get another in before the half, tying the game up in the break. | 6-6
2H | The Bears came out of the break and dominated the opening of the second half. They would record four scores before Burns was able to get her fourth goal of the game past the keeper with 18:47 left to play. However, three more Bear goals would come before Saint Leo was able to get on the board again. It was Burns again who was able to get the Lions on the board, bringing it to 13-8 for the visitors. Katherine Larson would follow up Burns' score, but Lenoir-Rhyne would tack on two more. With 55 seconds left to play, Larson added another, but it was too late. | LRU 15-10
Points to note
Kelsey Burns has scored three or more goals in each of her last three games. She now has 33 goals and is in second place for goals in a single season.
Lenoir-Rhyne won 19 draws, while Saint Leo was only able to tally eight.
The Bears had 17 turnovers to Saint Leo's 11. The Lions caused 11 turnovers as well.
Saint Leo heads to Tampa for the final game of the regular season on Saturday, April 22 in a 7:30 match. The winner will be the No. 4 seed in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament.
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