TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 9 ranked University of Tampa women’s lacrosse team took on the #20 Saint Leo Lions in their season home opener. The game was close throughout but a few timely goals by Lizzie Pierpont gave the Spartans their first win of the season.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: #9 Tampa 10, #20 Saint Leo 9
Records: Tampa (1-0), Saint Leo (0-1)
Location: Naimoli Family Athletic Complex | Tampa, Fla.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The first half was all Tampa as Abby Selhorn got things started for the Spartans with the games first goal at the 25:07 mark, assisted by Cece Colombo. The Spartans quickly got things going with another goal coming three minutes later by Riley Coleman, unassisted, to put Tampa up 2-0. Selhorn continued scoring, netting another goal on the assist from Abby Hope a minute later.
The score was 3-0 Tampa with 21:06 to go in the first. At the 17:44 mark Saint Leo scored their first goal of the game to make the game 3-1. Lizzie Pierpont scored her first goal of the season from a free position shot at 14:37 and Hannah Bush scored on the assist from Hope. Saint Leo scored their second goal of the match at the 10:04 mark. The last goal of the half was scored by Hope on the free position shot down a man to give Tampa the 6-2 edge heading into the second half. Score: 6-2 Tampa
The Lions roared back in the second half, outscoring Tampa 7-4. The first three goals of the half were scored by Saint Leo at the 29:32, 24:15, and 22:41 marks. Pierpont answered unassisted for Tampa a man down for her second of the game to make the score 7-5. The Lions then scored twice to tie the game 7-7.
The game remained close thereon, as the games next three goals went UT-SLU-UT. Gia Colombo scored unassisted at 8:30 (8-7), Saint Leo again tied the game (8-8), and Pierpont again put Tampa ahead 9-8 for her third goal of the game. The Lions again answered, tying the game 9-9, with 4:34 left.
Pierpoint, as she seemingly had done all game, once again took matters into her own hands and scored the game winner with 1:16 left to give Tampa their first win of the season in their first match in 374 days.
INSIDE THE STATS:
UP NEXT: The Spartans host the Rollins College Tars Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
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TAMPA, Fla. – A strong second-half push by No. 20 Saint Leo women’s lacrosse fell short, 10-9, in a thrilling season opener at No. 9 Tampa at Niamoli Field. The Lions overcame a four-goal halftime deficit to tie it up with 4:34 remaining in the game, but couldn’t get the equalizer before the final horn. Though Sunshine State Conference foes, the game was a non-conference tilt to open the season.
Delaney Chrisco recorded a career-high five goals to spearhead the offensive efforts. The graduate student also earned a game-high four ground balls. Meanwhile, Fiona McLaughlin opened her collegiate career scoring a pair of goals. Lia Lamendola also tallied two points with a goal and an assist.
Off the draw, Ashley Salvett led the Lions with three helped by three other teammates each with one.
Defensively, Marisa Souchak picked up three ground balls and caused a turnover. Saint Leo earned 10 turnovers each coming from a different player.
In between the pipes, Emma Crafton got the nod for the start and earned eight saves on the night.
#9 Tampa Spartans 1-0
#20 Saint Leo 0-1
How It Happened
Tampa jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Lamendola found McLaughlin who placed it in the back of the net for her first collegiate goal and would get the Lions on the board. Chrisco scored her first goal of the night in the 10th minute. Saint Leo entered halftime down by four, 6-2.
After Lamendola opened the second half scoring, 6-3 at the 29:32 mark, back-to-back Chrisco goals saw just a one-goal game, 6-5. The Spartans would poke their first of the second half in for a 7-5 lead where the game would stand for five minutes. Chrisco ended the quick scoring drought and cut the game back to one, 7-6, and McLaughlin’s equalizer with 11:54 to go caused for a tight finish in the season opener. The two teams exchanged a pair of goals for a 9-9 game with under two minutes to go in regulation. The Spartans found the back with 1:16 to go, where the Lions had an opportunity go wide with 14-ticks to go, leaving the game at its final, 10-9 when the final horn sounded.
Saint Leo will open its’ home series on Wednesday, March 24 hosting No. 8 Florida Southern at University Turf Stadium. The first draw is set for 7 p.m.
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Keeping Our Lions Healthy & Safe
Saint Leo University Athletics is keeping our student-athletes healthy and safe by following a number of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes having student-athletes tested or screened on a regular basis, traveling in smaller groups, holding competitions without fans in attendance, avoiding overnight trips, and wearing masks when not competing. These safety standards meet those set by the NCAA Division II and the Sunshine State Conference President’s Council. At Saint Leo University, the COVID-19 Incident Command Team also reviews the teams’ safety protocol and monitors adherence on a regular basis.