Saint Leo Lions Weekend Sports Roundup
March 19, 2014
In the first game of a three-day, three game series against No. 9 Franklin Pierce, the Lions (13-7) defeated the visiting Ravens (10-5) by a 5-1 score at Thomas B. Southard Field on Friday. Less than 24 hours after the victory, the Lions (13-8) fell to the Ravens (11-5), by a 5-2 score in game two of the series. The Lions (14-8) turned things around on Sunday afternoon, beating the Ravens (11-6) by a 14-3 score. The victory marked the third time this season that the Lions have registered more than 15 hits in a contest. The Lions return to action Tuesday, March 18 when they host the St. Michael’s College Purple Knights. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Southard Baseball Field.
The men’s basketball team came out of the gate quickly on Saturday, and then hung on in the end for a 75-67 win over West Alabama (17-11) in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament South Regional at Florida Southern College’s Jenkins Fieldhouse. The win improved the Lions record to 24-8 on the year. They would now face Delta State University on Sunday at 5 p.m. in the regional semifinal. The Statesmen defeated Barry 82-77, in overtime of the day’s first game. Jerrel Harris led four Saint Leo players in double figures with 23 points. It was Harris’ 28th double figure game of the year and his 16th of 20 points or more. Spenser Mitchell added 17 points, and Ron Foxx and Chim Kadima chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively in the win over the Tigers. The men’s basketball team’s record setting season came to a close on Sunday night with a 70-61 loss to Delta State University in the South Regional semifinal. The Lions finished the year with a 24-9 record while the Statesmen improved to 27-6. Saint Leo’s 24 wins is a school record surpassing last year’s mark of 22 victories. Jerrel Harris finished his stellar career netting 27 points on 8-for-20 shooting from the field and 11-for-14 from the free throw line. He also dished out five assists, and had four rebounds and two assists in the loss. Chad Kadima added nine points and grabbed five rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
After a historic record-breaking season that sent the women’s basketball team (20-10) to their first-ever NCAA South Region Tournament appearance, the #6 Lions fell to SSC foe, the #3 Rollins Tars (25-6) by a 56-48 score, Friday afternoon at the Don Taft University Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale. Sophomore guard Chachi Guzman led the Lions in scoring with 17 points. Two Lions earned double-digit rebounds in the effort, as senior Keishara Green led her team with 12 boards. Senior Chelsea Connelly followed her lead with 10. The 2013-14 season marked many milestones for the Saint Leo women’s basketball team. In addition to appearing in their first NCAA South Region Tournament, the Lions broke a school record for wins in a single season as well as conference wins in a single season. A 20-10 overall record marks the highest winning percentage that the basketball program as ever earned. Three Saint Leo players marked statistical milestones this season, as seniors Chelsea Williams and Theresa Manigrasso both tallied their 1,000th career points. Williams and her senior teammate, Chelsea Connelly, also earned their 600th career rebounds this year. Senior guard Manigrasso was also selected to the 2013-14 Daktronics NCAAA Division II All-South Region team. She is one of four SSC players to receive such an honor. A piece of history also came on December 7th, when head coach Nikki Jessee earned her 100th career win over Rollins College, her alma mater.
The Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team picked up a victory in its first ever SSC game defeating Florida Tech, 13-7 Friday evening at Hustler Stadium in Melbourne, F. The win opens the Lions inaugural SSC season with a mark of 5-2 overall, and 1-0 in SSC play, while the Panthers drop to a mark of 1-5 and 010 in conference action. Senior Ryan Burke had a career game, tallying personal best three goals, and adding a career-matching two assists for a new career high of five points. Dylan Yonts had a three point night, scoring two goals and notching an assist, while Miles Britton scored once and added two assists of his own. Eric Gendron matched Yonts in goals with two of his own. Will Cothron won 15-of-23 faceoff attempts and led the team in ground balls with nine. The men’s lacrosse team returns to action on Tuesday, March 18 when they travel to North Carolina to take on the Trojans in a 2 p.m. matchup.
The eighth-ranked men’s tennis team (10-3) came out on top, 6-3 over the 44th-ranked NYIT Bears (9-2) on Saturday afternoon at the Saint Leo Tennis Center. The Lions advance to 10-3 on the season, while the Bears drop just their second contest of the season, and fall to a mark of 9-2. Saint Leo kicked off the day with a 3-0 lead after doubles play, with the duo of Ismail Lemtouni and Fons Verberne defeating their opponents 8-2 at No. 3 doubles for the first win of the day. Matt Nicholson-Lewis and Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio beat the Bears tandem, 8-4 at No. 2 doubles, followed by Bruno Sisti and Aloua Adjenak taking down their No.1 doubles opponents, 8-6. The men’s tennis team returns to action on Wednesday, March 19, when they take on Erskine College in Hilton Head, SC.
The eighth-ranked women’s tennis team (8-3) made full use of their home court advantage, and defeated the No. 11 NYIT Bears by a score of 8-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Saint Leo Tennis Center. The win advances the Lions to 8-3 on the season while Bears drop to a mark of 3-2. Lion’s wins were earned by Anastasia Wagner and Paula Montoya, 8-6 at No. 1 doubles; Laura Kemkes and Pauline Helgesson, 9-2 at No. 2 doubles and the No. 3 doubles team of maria Benkirane and Adrianna Daszkiewicz won 8-3. Singles play saw the Lions take five of six flights with wins by Kemes (No. 2), 6-3, 6-1; Wagner (No. 3), 6-4, 6-1; Benkirane (No. 4), 1-6, 6-4, 1-4; Montoya (No.5), 6-2,6-3; and Daszkiewicz (No. 6), 6-1, 6-1. The women’s tennis team returns to action on Wednesday, March 19, when they take on Erskine College in Hilton Head, SC.
The Saint Leo softball team collected a SSC victory as they defeated Nova Southeastern, 7-1, Friday evening at University Softball Stadium. The Lions (18-11) totaled nine hits while stealing nine bases in the win. McKenzie Burns helped lead the Lions going 1-for-3, scoring two runs and stealing three bases. Rachael Heath also went 1-for-3 and scored a run while stealing two bases on the evening
The Saint Leo softball team (19-12) split its doubleheader with Nova Southeastern (12-14) Saturday afternoon at University Softball Stadium. The SSC showdown saw the Sharks defeat the Lions in game one, 3-2, before Saint Leo upended the Sharks 7-1, in game two. The Lions took the weekend series, two games to one. The softball squad will be back in action on March 17 in Clermont, FL at 11 a.m. facing off against Ursuline University.
The Saint Leo swim team carried its momentum into day three of the 2014 NCAA DII Swimming Championships, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH, picking up more achievements to add to their first two days successes.
Nicole Weber earned a 9th place finish in the women’s 100 Yard Breaststroke, claiming the top time in the Consolation finals with a time of 1:03.13.
Stephanie Martinez participated in the women’s 500 Yard Freestyle event, finishing in 5:06.12, good for 27th overall.
The men’s relay team of Matheus Assis, Gabe Keown, Patrick Ceddia, and Milton Alberto-Requejo took home 14th in the men’s 500 Yard Freestyle Relay, finishing in 6:44.88 closing out the day for the Green and Gold.
The swim team concluded the final day of the championships with continued success. Assis opened the day placing 20th in the 100 Yard Freestyle preliminary round, with a time of 44.97.
Keown finished 30th in 45.35. Martinez had a solid showing in the preliminary heat of the women’s 1650 Free, finishing in 17:16.87 for 14th overall.
Nicole Weber found her groove again, finishing fourth in the women’s 200 Yard Breaststroke preliminary round, touching in 2:15.25 to earn her place in the championship finals where she posted a 2:14.73, finishing fifth overall.
The men’s relay team of Assis, Keown, Ceddia, and Alberto-Requejo took home a preliminary time of 2:58.70 in the 400 Free Relay to advance to the championship heat. In the final event of the 2014 DII Championships, the Lions relay team took home at time of 3:00.73, earning a seventh overall.
With the conclusion of the 2014 DII Swimming National Championships, the Lions close out their 2013-14 campaign, marking one of the most successful in program history.
The Saint Leo men's and women's track teams earned four top-five finishes throughout the day at the USF Invitational on Friday at the USF Track. Highlighting the women's team was Jelena Tancic with a second place time in the 3000 Meter Run, and Rafal Matuszczak finishing fourth in the men's 3000 Meter Run.
Shelby Adams got the day started for the Green and Gold in the 400 meter dash, finishing 34th overall with a time of 1:08.12.
Andrea Maxwell was next in the women's 800 Meter Run, crossing the line in 2:18.27 to pick up an impressive fifth place to lead the pack of participants from the Sunshine State Conference.
Tancic picked up an exciting finish in the women's 3000 Meter Run, crossing the tape in 10:13.54 to earn second place on the afternoon. Anet Milian joined Tancic in the event, finishing in 11:55.84, good for 29th, followed by Elyse Snyder in 39th with a time of 12:36.16, Lee Ann Antuna in 43rd (13:03.63), and Allison Knipe in 44th (13:22.85).
Adams took to the start line in the women's 3000 Meter Steeplechase, finishing in 14:10.70, good for ninth overall.
For the men, Herns Agyemang-Duah made his Saint Leo track debut in big fashion, finishing 15th in the men's 200 Meter Dash with a time of 22.75. Thomas Watson finished 45th in the 200 Dash, crossing the line in 23.99.
Agyemang-Duah continued his success into the 400 Meter Dash, earning 12th overall with a time of 49.50, followed by Watson in 36th with a mark of 53.31.
James Mullin finished 16th in the men's 800 Meter Run, crossing the finish line in 2:00.53, followed by Niclas Bez with a 23rd place time of 2:01.51, and David Gardner with a 38th place time of 2:05.48.
Bez finished 4th in the men's 1500 Meter Run, crossing the line in 4:02.75, followed by Valentin Lenz with a 1500 meter time of 4:12.73, good for 34th. Steven Brown was on Lenz's heels in 35th place, crossing in 4:13.52, followed closely by Carl Dunne in 37th with a time of 4:14.15.
Matuszczak earned fourth overall in the men's 3000 Meter Run, crossing the finish line in 8:48.45. Lenz picked up a 15th place finish in the event, finishing in 9:03.60, followed by Rafael Lohner in 25th with a time of 9:12.75. Dunne placed 30th overall, finishing in 9:16.69, while Brown completed the event in 9:37.97, and Adam Urbaniak crossed the line in 9:44.99. Kyle Vanburen completed the event in 10:22.61, while Matthew Basin finished in 10:52.33.
The Lions wrapped up the day with the men's 4x400 Meter Relay team of Watson, Agyemang-Duah, Gardner, and Mullin finishing seventh with a time of 3:25.09.
The Saint Leo men's and women's track teams return to action on Friday, March 21, when they participate in the FSU Relays in Tallahassee, FL.