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5-Goal 2ndQ Run Put #23 Saint Leo Women up for Good in 15-11 SSC Win over #15 Rollins-Both Recaps; McLaughlin 4G/1A, Harclerode’s 14 Saves Lead

Steinbrenner alum Zoey Lind 2G, Bartram Trail alum Marina Dean 1G/1A for Saint Leo, Sarasota alum Anya Studebaker 4 Saves for Rollins

via the school press releases/websites


#23 Women’s Lacrosse Dominates in 15-11 Victory at #15 Rollins

by Jonathan Glass | Director of Athletic Communications

WINTER PARK, Fla. – The 23rd-ranked Saint Leo University women’s lacrosse team picked up a huge conference victory against #15 Rollins on Saturday afternoon. Fiona McLaughlin’s four goals were the difference in a 15-11 Lions  win in Winter Park.

McLaughlin’s four goals tied for the most in the game. Jana NussAva ValentiSophia Wood, and Zoey Lind all netted a pair of goals in the win. Maria Palomba had a game-high seven draw controls and Jessica Harclerode made 14 saves and picked up a game high 11 ground balls.  

#23 SAINT LEO 15, #15 Rollins 11
Rollins Caroline Gastonguay put the home team up 2-0 early in the first quarter. Cassidy Passaro responded with a goal just 24 seconds later to begin a 3-0 run for the Lions. McLaughlin tied the game at 2-2 with her first goal of the game. Late in the opening quarter Sophia Wood found the back of the net as the Lions took their first lead of the game. However, in a 26 second span in the final minutes of the first quarter, Rollins turned a one-goal deficit into a one goal lead.

Gastonguay added onto the Tars lead with her third goal of the game in the opening minute of the second quarter to give the home team a 5-3 advantage. Ava Valenti sparked a five-goal run for the Lions that spanned more than six minutes of the second quarter as the Green and Gold tied the game and took the lead. Zoey Lind’s first goal of the game with five minutes left in the first half put the Lions up 6-5 and gave them a lead they never relinquished. Saint Leo took a 9-6 lead into halftime.

Just as it did in the opening quarter, Rollins opened the scoring of the second half with back-to-back goals to cut the Lions lead to one. After more than six minutes of scoreless action in the third quarter, Back-to-back goals by McLaughlin and Marina Dean put the Lions back up by three goals. Briana Bellando closed out the third quarter scoring with a goal at the 35 second mark as Saint Leo took a 12-9 lead into the final 15 minutes.

Just as the three previous periods began, the Tars’ Gastonguay opened the quarter with a goal but this time it was Charlotte Gastonguay to cut the Lions lead to two goals. McLaughlin scored back-to-back goals for her final two goals of the game. Jana Nuss closed out the scoring of the game with a second goal of the game at the 1:25 mark in the fourth quarter.

Jessica Harclerode made 14 saves in goal for the visitors.

Saint Leo is back in action on Wednesday as it makes the short drive over to Tampa for an SSC match up against the Spartans. The opening draw is set for 6:00 p.m. in Tampa.


No. 15 Tars Fall to No. 23 Lions

Rollins fell to Saint Leo 15-11 on Saturday

by Michael Pierce

WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 30, 2024) – The 15th-ranked Rollins women’s lacrosse team fell to 23rd-ranked Saint Leo on Saturday, 15-11, at Barker Family Stadium. The Tars are now 10-3 overall, 2-2 in conference play, while the Lions improve to 7-4, 1-1 in SSC games.

Caroline Gastonguay led the Tars with four goals and an assist, while Charlotte Gastonguay chipped in with a pair of goals. Holyn Trautwein had a team-high six draw controls and Madison McGarry led the Tars with three ground balls and two caused turnovers to go along with a goal, an assist, and two draw controls. Anya Studebaker (8-3) took the loss, making four saves on 13 shots in 30 minutes of action.

First Quarter

  • Caroline Gastonguay got things going with two goals in the first five minutes to give the Tars an early 2-0 lead.
  • After Saint Leo answered back with three straight scores, Charlotte Gastonguay tied it up with 2:20 to go in the quarter.
  • Sydney Nickel notched the final goal of the first period, giving Rollins a 4-3 edge.

Second Quarter

  • Caroline Gastonguay found the back of the net just 38 seconds into the second quarter, pushing the lead to 5-3.
  • Saint Leo responded with five straight goals to go up 8-5 before Molly Mendes stopped the streak with 2:10 to play in the half.
  • The Lions got a late goal in the final three seconds to take a 9-6 lead into the break.

Third Quarter

  • Caroline Gastonguay was the first to score for the third straight quarter, with Aleksa Allen following up less than 90 seconds later to cut the deficit to a single goal, 9-8, with 11:47 on the clock.
  • After a pair of Lion goals, Trautwein took a draw control all the way to the goal and scored, cutting the lead to 11-9 with 2:43 left in the third.
  • SLU added a late goal to carry a 12-9 advantage to the final quarter.

Fourth Quarter

  • Charlotte Gastonguay scored a woman-up goal just 20 seconds into the fourth to cut the lead to two again (12-10), but the Lions got the next two goals to regain a comfortable lead at 14-10.
  • McGarry scored with 3:03 left, but that was the final Tar goal of the day, as Saint Leo netted one more in the closing minutes to take the 15-11 win.

The Tars will be back in action on Wednesday, April 3 as they travel to Florida Tech for another SSC game, set to begin at 7 p.m.

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