For Lions, It's Wait And Seed
ST. LEO - Left to root for its Sunshine State Conference rivals to beat one another up today, the Saint Leo men's basketball team will tip off in a nonconference game at the Bowman Center while others determine the Lions' seeding in next week's SSC Tournament. Saint Leo (14-15, 7-9 SSC) lost four of its last five conference games, including an 83-66 loss to Nova Southeastern last weekend with an opportunity to virtually lock up the No. 3 seed. After an 84-77 overtime loss at last-place Eckerd on Wednesday, now they can do no better than the fifth seed in next week's tournament, hosted by NSU. The loss to the Tritons came despite 25 points from Quentin Cullop and 20 from leading scorer Jordan Prais, who enters today's action ranked sixth in the SSC in scoring average and second in total points. Many of Saint Leo's struggles have been tied to its shooting. After going nearly two months from the start of the season with better than a 40-percent field-goal shooting percentage each game, the Lions have shot less than 40 percent in their last three outings.Today's game is against Palm Beach Atlantic, a team the Lions lost to 76-60 on the road in November. The 4 p.m. game is highlighted by senior day, where the team's only senior, F Kyle Rowland, will be honored. UPS AND DOWNS The Saint Leo softball team (7-7) alternated losses and wins during the Eckerd College Invitational last week, and began Sunshine State Conference play Friday against Rollins in a game that was not complete by press time. The Lions surrendered four unearned runs off three errors in a 5-4 loss to Palm Beach Atlantic on Sunday. Ace P Ashley Urbanik's record dropped to 4-6 despite allowing only three hits in a complete game. She is holding opponents to a .216 batting average and has 66 strikeouts in 572/3 innings entering Friday.SS Tatiana Casis is hitting .415 with six homers and 18 RBIs, all team highs. DOUBLE HAT TRICK? Joe Guerin tallied six goals Thursday as the Lions lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season, 13-6 at St. Andrews Presbyterian. Guerin, who had five goals in 11 games last year, managed to surpass that previous season-high on just eight shot attempts Thursday. He now has seven goals for the year after scoring in the Lions' season-opening loss to Adelphi. Kyle Marceau added five assists in the victory against St. Andrews Presbyterian. The Lions next face Pfeiffer on the road, Sunday at noon. LIONS EXTRAS Women's basketball players Melissa Guerero, Marquita Fenn, Sabrina Schmitt and Nichole Tyler will be honored at senior day as Saint Leo (10-16, 2-14) faces Palm Beach Atlantic in the season finale today at 2 p.m. at the Bowman Center. ... The women's golf team picked up its first tournament win in the 11-team Rhoads Southern Shootout on Monday. Goeun Lee was the leading SLU individual, placing fifth with a 36-hole total of 155.
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