SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo Lions clinched a 14-13 double-overtime battle against the Seton Hill Griffins Wednesday night under the lights at University Turf Stadium. The electrifying win extended the Lions perfect season record to 5-0. Seton Hill’s overall record moved to 1-2.
Mackenzie Cotter caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball to leave 37 seconds left on the clock, just enough time for the Lions to use a timeout and set up a play. The Green and Gold moved the ball flawlessly, finishing with a Leslie Ferguson equalizing goal, 13-13. Three possessions came and went as the teams needed a second overtime period. Ashley Salvett won the draw control while being on the receiving end of a foul. The possession set up Janee DeLuca’s game-winner, her fourth goal of the game, 18th goal of the season.
“This is another big and exciting win for us,” exclaimed head coach Caitlin Hansen. “We struggled on the draw tonight but Ashley came up big for us in overtime! We saw big offensive days from Janee and Leslie.”
Leslie Ferguson became the second person in program history to reach the 100 goal career mark. Ferguson’s sixth goal of the night, to tie it up at 13 and force overtime, recorded the career milestone.
I was most proud of Becca tonight,” concluded Hansen. “She was a huge spark for us in the cage. Her play was key in order for us to earn the win.”
Rebecca Halley’s 50 minutes of work in the net earned eight saves.
- Leslie Ferguson put up seven points (6g, 1a). In addition to the double hat-trick, she picked up five ground balls and caused three turnovers. Her sixth goal of the night forced the needed overtime period with mere seconds remaining in regulation.
- Janee DeLuca netted the game-winner in the midst of a five-point day (4g, 1a). DeLuca added three ground balls, a caused turnover and four draw controls to her big night.
- Ashley Salvett won 6 draw controls while also causing three turnovers and picking up one ground ball.
- Rebecca Halley earned the win in goal with eight saves.
Beyond the Box Score
- Leslie Ferguson’s sixth goal of the night marked her monumental 100th career goal, becoming the second person in program history to reach the elite mark.
- In 2018, during Hansen’s first year at the helm, the program reset its best season start to 6-0.
- Three Lions have scored in every 2019 game; Lexie Walstad, Janee DeLuca, and Leslie Ferguson.
Saint Leo returns to action on Friday, March 8 at 3 p.m. at University Turf Stadium to face Lee.
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