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#18 Saint Leo Women Jump Out Early, Never Trail in 15-10 Win over #10 Lynn; McLaughlin 4G, Bellando 3G, 12 CTO’s Keep Lynn in Check – Both Recaps

Bartram Trail alum Marina Dean 2G for Saint Leo. Flanigan alum Diane Dohler 1G, Hagerty alum Catie O’Connor 1A for Lynn.


#18 Women’s Lacrosse Dominates in 15-10 Senior Day Win Against #10 Lynn

by Jonathan Glass | Director of Athletic Communications

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The 18th-ranked Saint Leo University women’s lacrosse team earned another upset victory over a ranked opponent on Saturday afternoon with a 15-10 home victory over #10 Lynn University. The Lions got off to a hot start with a 4-0 run to open the game en route to its eighth win of the season as they improved to 8-5 overall and evened up their SSC record at 2-2.

Fiona McLaughlin scored a game-high four goals followed by Briana Bellando with three goals. Jana NussSophia Wood, and Marina Dean also added a pair of goals each. Ava Valenti and Maria Palomba combined for two goals. Valenti had the only two assists in the game for the Lions. Five of the Lions 15 goals came on free-position shots. Jessica Harclerode made nine saves in the victory.

#18 SAINT LEO 15, #10 LYNN 10

  • Saint Leo opened the game on a 4-0 run. Briana Bellando wasted no time getting the Lions on the board as she registered her first goal of the game in the first 32 seconds of the game. Free-position goals by McLaughlin and Dean put the home team up 3-0. The Lions took advantage of a yellow card to the Fighting Knights as Ava Valenti fired home a free-position goal to put the home team up 4-0.
  • After Lynn got on the board, the Lions responded with goals by Palomba, McLaughlin, and Sophia wood gave the home team a six-goal advantage.
  • Lynn closed out the scoring of the opening quarter with its second goal of the game at the 1:08 mark.
  • The Fighting Knights used a 2-1 second quarter to cut the Lions lead in half as the Lynn goalie made six saves. Bellando was the only Lion to put one past the visiting goalie in the second quarter.
  • The Lions took an 8-4 lead into the halftime break.
  • Jana Nuss found the back of the net for the first time in the game at the 13:49 mark of the third quarter. Lynn quickly responded with a women down goal to make it a 9-5 game.
  • Back-to-back goals by McLaughlin and Bellando in the third put the home back team up by six goals, a lead they had not seen since early in the second quarter.
  • Over the final eight minutes of the third quarter Lynn outscored the home team 3-1 to cut the Lions advantage to four goals entering the final 15 minutes.
  • McLaughlin’s final goal of the game came at the 13:22 mark of the fourth quarter. Lynn’s Becca Clark scored back-to-back goals for the visitors as she cut the home team’s lead to 13-10.
  • Harclerode made a pair of crucial saves over the final six plus minutes of the game as Jana Nuss and Marina Dean scored to put the final touches on the top-10 victory for the Lions.

Saint Leo returns to the field on Wednesday as it hosts the Sailfish of Palm Beach Atlantic. The opening draw is set for 4 p.m. at University Turf Stadium.


No. 10 Lynn drops SSC tilt at No. 18 Saint Leo

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Junior Mallory Jarka scored four goals and handed out two assists as the No. 10 ranked Lynn University women’s lacrosse team suffered a 15-10 loss at No. 18 Saint Leo, Saturday. The loss is the first since February for the Fighting Knights that are now 11-2 overall and 2-2 in the SSC.
– The Lions outshot Lynn 42-27, including a 30-19 edge in shots on goal, and held a 16-12 lead in draw controls
– Lynn had 22 turnovers, while the hosts caused 12 turnovers
– Sophomore Callista Elica made a career-high 15 saves to help keep the Fighting Knights in the game
– Saint Leo jumped out to a 4-0 lead midway through the first quarter
– Jarka found junior Kristyn Johnson for Lynn’s first goal with 6:45 to play in the first frame
– Saint Leo scored the next three goals for a 7-1 lead
– Jarka scored with 1:08 left in the first to pull the visitors to within 7-2
– Freshman Hayley Ashburn and Jarka each found the net late in the second quarter as Lynn trailed 8-4 at intermission
– The Lions extended their lead to six goals twice in the third before Jarka scored two more goals to close the third with Lynn down by four 12-8
– Sophomore Rebecca Clark scored back-to-back goals in the fourth with her second closing the gap to 13-10 with 10:42 to play
– Saint Leo sealed the victory with two goals inside the final five minutes
– Jarka paced both teams with six points
– Clark scored three times with one ground ball, one caused turnover and one draw control
– Sophomore Isabella Connelly led both teams with seven draw controls
– Elica snared seven ground balls to go along with her 15 saves
– Lynn hosts No. 7 Tampa this Wednesday at 3:00 pm