SSC Women: Saint Leo takes the 18-4 Win over PBA – Both Recaps
via the school press releases
Women’s Lacrosse Brings the Heat on Senior Day; Lions Roll Over Sailfish
SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team rolled over the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish 18-4, on a hot Saturday Sunshine State Conference matchup, inside University Turf Stadium. Before the first draw, Saint Leo celebrated the class of 2022, made up of 10 different Lions: Franki Dorfman, Payton Juba, Sam Bell, Melissa Reeves, Carson Clark, Olivia Buthorn, Meghan Bomleny, Kaci Archer, Mackenzie Cotter, and Marisa Souchak.
Saint Leo whipped out five goals in the first quarter and six in the second while holding PBA to a single goal in the first half for the running clock advantage. The Green and Gold continued their dominance in the second half to record the conference win.
The Green and Gold’s offense was paced by Fiona McLaughlin, Eliz Fino, and Franki Dorfman, each with four points. McLaughlin found the net four times off seven shots. Fino tallied a pair of goals and assists.
Dorfman earned a career-high four goals. She registered the hat-trick in a matter of three minutes in the third quarter. The West Islip, N.Y. native found the back of the net again in the fourth for a total of four goals.
In goal, freshman Makayla Goetz had a tremendous day. The Webster, N.Y. native earned seven stops in 45 minutes of work. Rachel Smythe wrapped up the game in the net earning a save.
Up next, the Lions will travel to Winter Park, Fla. on Wednesday, April 20. Saint Leo will face Rollins in a 7:30 p.m. first draw.
Following a series of upsets in the league, Saint Leo is fighting for the third or fourth seeding in the SSC. The top four programs will advance to the SSC Tournament Championship. For the Lions, a ticket to the conference postseason would be a historic moment for the Saint Leo women’s lacrosse, spearheaded by fifth-year head coach Caitlin Hansen. To view the current Sunshine State Conference standings, visit the conference webpage at https://sunshinestateconference.com/standings.aspx?path=wlax.
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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Sailfish Drop Road Game at Saint Leo
by Brad Seitz, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
ST. LEO, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s lacrosse team continued Sunshine State Conference play today against Saint Leo. The Sailfish fell behind early and trailed throughout as they fell 18-4 against the Lions.
The Lions were the team that opened the scoring in the game as they scored four goals in the first quarter before the Sailfish were able to answer. Kaelin DeNeui was the PBA player that was able to break through as she scored her sixth goal of the season at the 3:28 mark in the first quarter. That would be the only goal for the Sailfish in the opening half of play as they were outshot 15-7 in shots on goal. The Lions lead 5-1 after the first and 11-1 as the teams went into the half.
Kiki Cinotti found Katie Karlsen who was able to score at the end of the third quarter. Megan Jackson and Anna Laskaris each were able to score late in the fourth quarter but the Sailfish were never able to get the deficit back below ten to stop the running clock in the second half. The goals were Jackson’s fourth and the team-leading 19th for Laskaris on the season.
The Sailfish won the battle of the draw controls 13-12 but were unable to do enough with the possession that they had, being outshot 33-17 for the game. Goalie Courtney Rausch was coming off a school-record performance where she made 17 saves, but she was able to muster just eight today while allowing 18 goals.
PBA has two games remaining on the season and they will both be at home. They will host Lynn on April 20 before their season finale against Florida Southern on April 23.