Tampa, Fla.- Lynn University's historical lacrosse season came to an end with a 13-5 loss to Tampa in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals on Friday night. The Fighting Knights, who were picked to finish last in the SSC Preseason Coaches' Poll, earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. The Blue & White's loss to top-seed Tampa ends the year for Lynn, who finishes 8-7 overall with its first winning season in program history.
Tampa took the lead at 9:51 when Jack Schmidt scored unassisted for the first goal of the game. Four and a half minutes later his tallied his second goal of the game on an assist from A.J. Leary for a 2-0 Spartans lead. UT scored back-to-back goals saw Tampa ahead 4-0 with 4:26 to play in the first quarter. Tyler Janvrin scored an unassisted goal a minute later putting the Fighting Knights on the board. At 2:39 Brian Kiel scored unassisted for the Blue & White to cut the Spartans lead in half, 4-2, which would hold until the end of the period.
An unassisted goal by Austin Jerhoff made it a one-goal game at 8:08 in the second quarter but Tampa pulled ahead when Nick Ferreiro scored unassisted to make it a 5-3 UT lead. At 4:34 Anthony Rainone scored off a rebound bringing the game within one, 5-4. With 2:49 left in the half Bobby Calhoun gave the Spartans a two-goal edge with a unassisted goal. At the half, Tampa led 6-4.
Vincent Genovesi won 8-of-11 face-offs in the half finding success on all four in the second period. Tampa edged Lynn 18-12 in shots in the half but Lynn's goalkeeper Nick Nehring made four saves while A.J. Arnold made just three.
Each Team tallied a goal in the third quarter for a 7-5 Spartans lead with 15 minutes left in the game. Tampa tallied six goals, two in the final two minutes on an open goal, to win 13-5 advancing to the SSC Finals on Sunday where they will face Florida Tech.
Jerhoff was the only Knight to have a multi-goal game and Rainone and Kiel both had a goal and an assist for two points each. Genovesi went 9-for-18 at the X while snagging a team-best five groundballs. Nehring made six saves in 57 minutes played before Dante Egan relieved him with two and a half minutes left.
Lynn finishes its historical season 8-7 overall, seven more wins than last season. The Blue & White graduates three seniors this December, Tyler Briggs, Nick Haggarty and Brandon Rothstein but returns All-SSC Second Team honorees Rainone and Shaun McDonald. For more information on the Lynn University lacrosse team, log on to LynnFightingKnights.com.
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