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SAINT LEO, Fla. – The No. 23 Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team defeated the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish 20-9 during the program’s senior day on Saturday. The Lions wrapped up the 2021 home schedule honoring Delaney Chrisco, Ashley Salvett, Emma Crafton, and Nina Urban.
The strong victory celebrated a second name to share the single-game points program record title. Ashlee Wilsynski matched Leslie Ferguson’s 10-point performance, which she set April 6, 2019 at Palm Beach Atlantic. Wilsynski, a sophomore from Baltimore, Maryland showcased double-digit points scoring five goals and five assists off nine shots and added a ground ball and one draw control.
Every active player on the Lions’ roster saw action in the non-conference meeting with Palm Beach Atlantic. One goal particularly electrified the entire complex as teammates and parents alike jumped to their feet. Defender Ashley Salvett recorded a season-high nine draw controls and then topped off her last appearance at University Turf Stadium with her first collegiate goal.
The monumental day continued as freshman goalkeeper Liz Clark made her first collegiate appearance and recorded her first save as a Lion. Senior Emma Crafton earned six saves in 41 minutes of work followed by Rachel Smythe who earned a stop in 11 minutes of action.
Palm Beach Atlantic: 1-7, 1-5 SSC
No. 23 Saint Leo: 5-4, 3-3 SSC
How it Happened
Tied at one goal apiece in the 23rd minute, Saint Leo generated an eight-goal run off six different sticks. The Sailfish squeezed in a pair of goals before the break for a halftime score of 9-3. After the first 30 minutes, Wilsynski had already registered a hat trick and two assists for five points.
The Lions earned the running clock advantage after a five-goal run bringing the game to 16-5 with 16 minutes remaining. Palm Beach Atlantic would cut the gap back down to nine goals off a three-goal run. Salvett’s goal put back a double-digit lead for the Lions in the last two minutes of the game. Kaci Archer polished off the 20-9 victory in the last five seconds.
No. 23 Saint Leo will wrap up the regular season in non-conference action at No. 7 Florida Southern on Friday, April 30 at 6 p.m.
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SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s lacrosse traveled for a rematch against No. 22 Saint Leo (5-4, 4-3 SSC) on Saturday.
The ‘Fish were unable to pull off the upset as they were missing several key players on offense and in the midfield for today’s game. PBA (1-7, 1-5 SSC) started slow in the first half, but doubled its goal output in the second half. Unfortunately for the ‘Fish, they fell short to the Lions 20-9.
Anna Laskeris and Katie Karlsen led PBA with three goals each. Katie Avena and Madeline Bassoff scored their first career collegiate goals in the contest. Kaelin DeNeui also found the back of the net for the ‘Fish. Laskeris, Bassoff and Taylor Gutmann led PBA with an assist each.
The game was even through the first 10 minutes of action. Karlsen answered Saint Leo’s opening goal with her first goal of the day to tie the game at one early in the game. Saint Leo broke the game open in the next 10 minutes of play. An 8-0 run gave the Lions a 9-1 lead before the Sailfish ended the half with a pair of goals to make it 9-3 at halftime.
Both teams matched each other with a pair of goals to open the half, but the Lions ended any thought of a Sailfish comeback with a 5-0 run to make it 16-5 with 15 minutes to go. The Sailfish went on a 4-2 run of their own, but Saint Leo’s lead never wavered as the Lions won 20-9.
Abigal Nehring got the start in goal for the Sailfish. She recorded nine saves and tied Jillian Kolakowski with a team-high three ground balls. Sarah Vernarelli finished the game in goal with three saves in the game. Turnovers were the real Achilles’ heel for the ‘Fish as they totaled 17 in the game compared to SLU’s 11.
PBA is scheduled to conclude its season on Friday against No. 6-ranked Tampa. The game in Tampa, Fla. takes place at 7 p.m.