SSC Women: Saint Leo scores late for 10-9 win over FIT

via the school’s press releases

BOX SCORE

McLaughlin’s Lifts Saint Leo over Florida Tech in Final Seconds; Bomleny Becomes Program’s Newest Season Assist Record Holder

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Tied at nine points apiece, Fiona McLaughlin broke through the Florida Tech Panther’s defense and netted the game-winner with a mere three seconds to spare. The thrilling 10-9 Sunshine State Conference victory raised the Lions’ overall record to 5-8, 2-1 in the SSC Saturday night inside University Turf Stadium. The decision handed the Panthers their second loss of the season, as the conference foes’ record now reflects an 8-2 season mark, 1-2 in the league.
 
In addition to dub, Saint Leo celebrated its’ newest season assist record holder in Meghan Bomleny. Bomleny tallied three assists against Florida Tech to record her 23 assists of the season, breaking Caroline Fraser’s record of 22 in 2017.
 
Saint Leo found themselves behind by a pair of goals after the first quarter. The Green and Gold rallied a 3-1 second-quarter score to level the scoreboard at five goals apiece at halftime.
 
The Saint Leo defense shut out the Panther’s offense in the third while Lia Lamendola and Kaci Archer, assisted by Bomleny, recorded two for the Lions.
 
The dramatic four-quarter saw both teams match each other; goal for goal.
 
Goalkeeper Makayla Goetz registered 11 saves in 60 minutes of work in between the pipes.
 
Saint Leo returns to action on the road on Wednesday, April 13 at Florida Southern. The Lions and Mocs’ first draw is set for 4:00 p.m. in Lakeland, Fla.
 
For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo women’s lacrosse, be sure to visit SaintLeoLions.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Lions news by following Saint Leo Athletics on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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Panthers Lose Heartbreaker to Lions

by Daniel Supraner

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final: 
No. 17 Florida Tech 9, Saint Leo 10
Records: Florida Tech (8-2, 1-2 SSC), Saint Leo (5-8, 2-1 SSC)
Location: University Turf Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.

FIRST QUARTER:

  • Rachel Johnson scored the first two goals of the game for the Panthers’ and gave Tech a 2-1 lead with 10:03 left in the first. 
  • Tech’s advantage moved to 3-1 when Kailee O’Brien converted a free position goal with 6:47 to go in the quarter. 
  • Caroline MacLeod scored with 52 seconds left in the frame to give the Panthers a 4-2 lead. 

SECOND QUARTER:

  • Lions outscored Tech 3-1 in the second quarter and the teams went into halftime tied at 5-5. 
  • Jennifer Boyle accounted for the Panthers’ lone goal in the quarter, scoring with 9:37 remaining to put Tech up 5-3. 

THIRD QUARTER: 

  • Saint Leo scored twice to open the third quarter and grabbed its first lead of the game. 
  • Kayla Minton scored her first of three second-half goals with 2:34 to go in the third to trim the margin to 7-6 heading into the fourth quarter. 

FOURTH QUARTER:

  • Panthers tied the game at 7-7 on a goal by Carly Niro with 11:55 left in regulation, but the Lions scored 45 seconds later to regain the lead, 8-7.
  • Minton tallied her second of the day off an assist from O’Brien to tie the game at 8-8 with 8:37 to go. 
  • Lions scored with 5:51 remaining to take back the lead 9-8. 
  • Minton then completed her hat trick and tied the game once again at 9-9 with 2:37 to go. 
  • Panthers collected the ensuing draw control and got a great shot on target, but Boyle’s attempt was stopped. The Lions picked up the ball and marched down the field and scored with 3 seconds remaining to send Tech to its second SSC loss.

NOTABLE PANTHERS:

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE:

  • Florida Tech finished with an edge in shots (31-21), shots on goal (20-14), and ground balls (23-16).
  • Lions had a slight edge in draw controls (12-10).
  • Panthers were 2-4 on free position attempts while SLU went 2-5.
  • Tech was 9-15 on clears while Saint Leo was successful on 8-13 clears.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The loss evens the all-time series between Florida Tech and Saint Leo to 4-4. The Panthers have lost the last three meetings with the Lions. 

UP NEXT: Florida Tech is back on the road on Wednesday, April 13, as the Panthers travel to Tampa, Florida to take on the Spartans. The game is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the Naimoli Athletic Complex.

For the latest news, updates and information on the Florida Tech women’s lacrosse team, visit FloridaTechSports.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Panthers news by following Florida Tech Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.