BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University's lacrosse team christened Bobby Campbell Stadium with its first-ever lacrosse victory on Friday night. The Fighting Knights defeated Emmanuel 17-5 in their home opener improving to 2-1 overall. Anthony Rainone scored five goals in the bringing his season total to 15, becoming the all-time leading scorer in a season surpassing teammate Brian Kiel's 2014 mark of 11 goals in a season.
Tyler Briggs put Lynn on top early notching his first career goal at 9:56. Johnny Gavin added a goal at 8:14 for a 2-0 Lynn lead. Emmanuel scored at 7:17 to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. Rainone scored at 6:12 on an assist by Mark Snellman to lead 3-1 and Johnny Gavin made it a 4-1 Knights lead 23 seconds later on a pass from defender Caleb Cerf.
The second quarter started off slow but Kiel and Cerf would score six seconds apart for a 6-1 lead. The Lion's Austin Brundage scored at 2:45 to make it a 6-2 game. Kiel scored again at 1:19 and Gavin logged his second goal with 15 seconds left in the half to give the Blue & White a 8-2 advantage at halftime.
At 12:27 Emmanuel made it an 8-3 game but Lynn responded with goals by Rainone and Snellman to lead 10-3 midway through the third quarter. EC's Zachary Cao scored an unassisted goal for the Lion's fourth goal of the game. Austin Jerhoff scored on an assist from Rainone at 5:54 left in the third to lead 11-5. Cao scored his second goal of the game at 4:01 in the third quarter.
The Fighting Knights went on a scoring spree in the final 15 minutes including two goals by freshman Sam Turner and a hat trick by Rainone. Lynn's last goal of the game came with just under two minutes on an unassisted shot by Tyler Martin, his first career goal.
Rainone had a team-best seven points on five goals and a pair of assists. Vincent Genovesi went 10-for-14 in faceoffs and Christopher D'Angelo won 8-of-11 faceoffs. Cerf led the team with seven groundballs and Angelo Beacon-Paglia caused four turnovers.
Gavin and Rainone both had hat tricks for the third consecutive game, marking the first time two Fighting Knights have had back-to-back-to-back multi-goal games.
Lynn returns to action on Monday, March 9, when the Blue & White hosts Ohio Valley at 4 pm. Fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com. Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.