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St. Leo notebook: Lacrosse team eliminated

ST. LEO - The Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team was eliminated from the Deep South Conference tournament on Thursday, losing 18-8 to a Tampa squad they had held to seven goals in the only previous meeting between the two schools. The Lions (9-5) never led, allowing Tampa to score the game’s first three goals in a fast-paced opening period. Saint Leo’s lone bright spot was five goals from Chris Caiazza. But overall the Spartans attack was superior. Tampa took 30 shots to Saint Leo’s 13, with just 12 shots saved by the Lions. The Lions do have a regular season game remaining on the schedule, Apr. 21 against Mars Hill in Hilton Head, S.C.
Final week The women’s lacrosse team wraps up a successful season next Tuesday with a game at Rollins. Entering Friday’s game at Florida Southern, the squad had won eight of its last nine and allowed double-digit goals only three times in that span. Joanna Chadwick leads the team with 23 goals, followed closely by Stephanie Marran (21) and Alix Murray (20). Marran’s team-high 13 assists give her 34 points. Into the lead The softball team (31-14, 11-4 SSC) vaulted into the lead in the conference standings by taking 2-of-3 games against Rollins last weekend. The Lions face last-place Eckerd in a three-game set this weekend on campus. They have just one loss since March 19, and find themselves tied with Barry in the league standings entering this weekend’s play. Road trip The baseball team (25-12, 5-7 SSC) is gearing up for this weekend’s conference series against Eckerd, which enters in last place in conference play. The Lions find themselves 4.5 games behind first-place Tampa entering the series, so they need to win (or sweep) the series to get back in the SSC race. The two teams canceled their SSC series last year, with both out of title contention. And while the Tritons are traditionally near the bottom of the league standings, the Lions are just 4-5 against Eckerd in conference games since 2009. The Lions lost 2-of-3 games in a very tight series against Florida Tech last weekend, but bounced back offensively with a 13-10 win against Warner on Tuesday. Dillon Vitale had the best individual offensive game of the year for a Lions player, going 5-for-6 with a double, homer, three runs scored and five RBIs.

Correspondent Bart O’Connell can be reached at [email protected] He can be followed on Twitter @BartOTrib.

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