BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University's lacrosse team suffered its first Sunshine State Conference loss of the season to 15th-ranked Florida Tech, 11-8, on Friday night. The Fighting Knights fall to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in league play while FIT improves to 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the SSC. Brian Kiel scored his first hat trick of the season leading the Blue & White with four points in the loss.
Nick Wynne put the Panthers on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal four minutes into play but Jacob Van Leenen answered back with an unassisted goal of his own to even the score 1-1 two minutes later. Andrew Conley tallied FIT's second goal at 8:17 and Charlie Morrisette added another goal with 1:24 left in the period for the Panthers to lead 3-1 after the opening 15 minutes.
Lynn went on to score three unanswered goals in the second quarter to lead 4-3 at halftime. Kiel's first goal brought the game within one goal at 9:48 and Austin Jerhoff found the back of the net on an assist from Mark Snellman 44 seconds later tying the game at 3-all. Kiel's second goal gave Lynn its first lead of the game, 4-3.
After the break, Charlie Morrisette scored a man up goal 41 seconds into the third quarter on an assist by Zach Wynne to once again tie the game. Lynn's Tyler Janvrin notched an unassisted goal at 13:19 for a 5-4 Fighting Knights lead but the Panthers went on a 4-0 run to lead 8-5 with 5:13 to play in the period. Sam Turner scored his first goal of the game on Kiel's lone assis at 4:08 to bring the game within two but Morrisette scored another man-up goal just before the two minute mark for a 9-6 lead the held until the end of the quarter.
Conley made it a 10-6 game with an unassisted goal for the Panthers at 13:46 in the final frame. Sam Turner turned in his second point of the game at 5:15 making it a 10-7 game. Minutes later head coach Brian Kingsbury pulled Taylor Ferrino from goal and replaced him with Dante Egan. The change worked as Egan pulled himself from goal as to add another defender for the Fighting Knights. Caleb Cerf caused a turnover with 2:49 to play as Jordon Van Leenen grabbed the ground ball. Lynn was successful on the clear attempted and at 1:56 Brian Kiel scored on an assist from Janvrin bringing the score to 10-8 in FIT's favor.
With one minute remaining the Fighting Knights pulled their goalie and Jason Terry scored on the open net with 32 seconds left in regulation giving the Panthers a 11-8 lead that would hold until the final horn buzzed.
Ferrino made 11 saves in between the pipes for the Blue & White and Vincent Genovesi won 9-of-21 face-offs. The Fighting Knights were successful on 12-of-14 clear attempts but served seven penalties in the loss. FIT outshot Lynn 35-27 and slightly edged the home team 26-24 in groundballs.
Genovesi led Lynn with a team-best 7 groundballs and Cerf caused three turnovers for the Fighting Knights. Ferrino allowed 10 goals in 57 minutes and Egan was credited with one goal against in his first career appearance as a goalkeeper.
Lynn returns to action on Wednesday, April 8, when the Fighting Knights host Rollins in SSC play. Face-off is set for 7 pm at Bobby Campbell Stadium. 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.