SAINT LEO, Fla. – The No. 24 Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team remains undefeated as the Lions tallied their 10thstraight win of the season over Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday. The Lions defeated the visiting Chargers 17-6 to defend their home field at University Turf Stadium.
Saint Leo earned a 7-4 halftime lead over Alabama-Huntsville led by Leslie Ferguson’s first stanza hat-trick. The Lions opened the second half with a seven-goal run, earning the running clock advantage (14-4) with 12:29 left on the clock. Alabama-Huntsville snuck in two goals before the clock ran out while the Lions put another three behind the net.
“Everyone stepped up and did their job this game,” commented Head Coach Caitlin Hansen. “Injuries forced people to do different things than they have been doing all year and they rose to the challenge.”
“The offense got it going against in the second half. It was nice to see Janee DeLuca light up the scoreboard.” Hansen concluded, “Our ride was once again a big factor. Kaylah Walstad and Leslie Ferguson caused a lot of turnovers that make it hard to keep up with us in the second half.”
As a unit, the Green and Gold offense generated 37 shots over the visitor’s 24 takes. Saint Leo also won the draw control battle 14-11. The back line went 17-for-20 on clear attempts and forced 18 turnovers. The Lions picked up 37 ground balls over the Chargers 26.
- Janee DeLuca recorded five points (four goals, one assist), five ground balls, four draw controls.
- Leslie Ferguson tallied four points (three goals, one assist) and four ground balls.
- Sabrina Sanacore also earned four points scoring four goals.
- Lexie Walstad earned a hat-trick and picked up two ground balls.
- Ashley Salvett won five draw controls, picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers.
- Erin Davis earned the win in the net with eight saves after 47 minutes of work.
- Rebecca Halley saw 13 minutes of action between the pipes where she earned three stops.
Beyond The Boxscore
- Saint Leo is 1-of-7 Division II teams to remain undefeated among the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Top-20 list: No. 1 Le Moyne, No. 2 Adelphi, No. 5 Lindenwood, No. 6 Rollins, No. 7 Regis (Colo.) and No. 20 Bentley.
- Two Lions have scored in every game this season; Janee DeLuca and Leslie Ferguson.
- Under the direction of Hansen, the Lions 10-0 season start continues to break the program’s best season start.
Saint Leo turns around quickly to host Montevallo on Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at University Turf Stadium. Tomorrow’s non-conference game marks the final game out of the league on the slate for the Lions. The Green and Gold open play in the Sunshine State Conference on Saturday, March 30 hosting Embry-Riddle at 1 p.m.
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