SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team dominated the pace of play against Lindenwood University on Saturday afternoon to pull out a 12-3 victory over LU at University Turf Stadium. With the win, Saint Leo advances to 2-1 on the season, while Lindenwood drops to a mark of 0-2.
Lindenwood saw two goals from Troy O'Donnell, and one from McNein Hewitt, while Graeme Hossack, Brandon Stuebing, and Andrew Szczepan each contributed an assist.
Dave Moore earned a total of 17 saves while facing 39 shots and 20 shots on goal to keep Lindenwood off of the scoreboard. Jake Redlingshafer made a total of six saves, while Adam Ure set aside two shots for Lindenwood.
Lindenwood jumped out first with a goal from Hewitt a shade under two minutes into the contest, but the Lions rebounded and netted the following two to pull ahead to a 2-1 lead. O'Donnell found the back of the net at the 7:15 mark, but Saint Leo answered back with two more goals to close out the first quarter with a 4-2 lead.
Saint Leo racked up two more goals in both the second and third quarters while holding Lindenwood silent, pulling ahead to an 8-2 lead heading into the final period. In the final 15 minutes of action, the Green and Gold tacked on four more goals, while Lindenwood added just one, to give Saint Leo the nine goal lead to close out the game.
Saint Leo led the shot count, 44-39, and earned 30 ground balls to LU's 25. Saint Leo was successful on 14-of-19 faceoff attempts as Will Cothron won 11-of-15 and Dillon Affatato was 3-for-4. The Green and Gold won the ground ball count, 30-25, and were 2-for-4 on extra man opportunities.
The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday, February 26, when they take on Catawba College on the road. Game time against the Indians is slated for 4 p.m.
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