No. 20 Men's Lacrosse Falls to No. 17 Saint Leo 12-11

Dan Farrell

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 17 Saint Leo 12, No. 20 Assumption 11

- Records: Saint Leo (4-2), Assumption (2-2)

- Location: Saint Leo, Fla. (University Turf)

- The Lead: No. 20 Assumption fought back from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game, but 17th ranked Saint Leo took a 12-11 lead in the final four minutes and the Hounds were unable to net the equalizer as they fell on Thursday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Assumption jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 12:40, as Dan Farrell (Norwood, Mass. / Norwood) found Brett Jennings (Montgomery, N.Y. / Valley Central) for the goal. Saint Leo evened the score up with just 1:58 left in the period but senior Travis Reid (Raynham, Mass. / Bridgewater Raynham) gave the Hounds back the lead just 40 seconds later and they led 2-1 after the first.

- The Lions tied the score with 12:42 left and then pulled in front 3-2 two minutes later. Owen Peterson III (Westchester, N.Y. / Westlake) brought Assumption back even with 9:33 remaining on a pass by Farrell. Adam Becker (Waltham, Mass. / Waltham) gave the Hounds the lead just over a minute later off a feed from Trevor Kennedy (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Comsewogue). Saint Leo scored twice in the final six minutes, sandwiched by a Becker goal for a 5-5 score at the half.

- Reid gave the Hounds a 6-5 lead only 41 seconds into the third, however, the Lions answered with four straight goals over the next eight minutes to stretch their lead to 9-6. Jennings finally ended the scoring drought following a pass from Farrell with 4:20 left. St. Leo scored one minute later and led 10-7 after three periods.

- The Lions extended their lead to 11-7 just 11 seconds into the fourth. Jennings brought the Hounds back within three at 11:28 and Reid scored one minute later on a great individual effort to cut it to 11-9. Farrell made it a one-goal contest with 6:07 left and Peterson III scored in front on a feed from Reid to tie the score 11-11 with 4:59 left. St. Leo took back the lead with 3:36 remaining and Assumption put two shots on net in the final 15 seconds but was unable to net the equalizer.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

-  Saint Leo held a 48-42 edge in shots and won 14 of 26 face-offs while picking up 15 more ground balls. Assumption did hold the Lions to 2-for-9 on man-up situations while going 0-for-3. Both teams had six caused turnovers.

- Reid scored three times and added one assist with three ground balls while Jennings also added a hat trick. Farrell posted four points on one goal and three assists while Peterson III totaled three. On defense, Aidan Tefft (Franklin, Mass. / Xaverian Brothers) led the team with three caused turnovers while Tim Tierney (Framingham, Mass. / Framingham) had five ground balls.

- Colby Hamwey (West Yarmouth, Mass. / Wilbraham & Monson) was good in net but took the loss as he stopped 15 shots while allowing 12 goals. Thomas Tatarian earned the win with 13 saves and 11 goals allowed.  

UP NEXT:

- Assumption returns to action on Wednesday, March 13 when the square off against Post at 3 p.m. on the road.

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