Baltimore, Md. – In what has been a year of many firsts so far for the Lynn University lacrosse team, the 17th-ranked Fighting Knights had the opportunity to play under the lights on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field on Wednesday night, dropping Dominican College (N.Y.) 16-5.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 16, Dominican 5
Records: #17 Lynn (5-1), Dominican (2-3)
Location: Homewood Field | Baltimore, Md.
Series: First-ever meeting
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- For the second consecutive game, the Lynn offense came out guns blazing, this time putting away four goals in just over three minutes of action.
- Lynn won the first four faceoffs of the night, leading to four shots that all found the back of the net.
- Peter Masters opened up the scoring with an unassisted shot from the left wing and Anthony Rainone followed it up from inside the circle off a pass from Mikey Urso.
- Austin Jerhoff got involved shortly after with an unassisted goal before Johnny Gavin found Rainone for his second tally of the game.
- Dominican grabbed its first goal at the 9:19 mark as both sides battled to a stalemate for the remainder of the opening period.
- Stephen Polsinelli took his first opportunity of the second quarter, beating his man up top and ripping a goal into the upper corner. Gavin utilized a solo effort shortly after to put Lynn up 6-1.
- Working around the back of the net, Urso found Masters cutting from the left wing for an easy look inside.
- The Chargers put away their second of the night with 6:17 left in the half, but the Blue & White responded on the resulting faceoff. Greg Onofri picked the draw clean, dished it outside to Jerhoff who then found Rainone wide open in front of the pipes.
- The Fighting Knights went on a 4-0 run in the third quarter to all but seal the victory.
- Ryan Madigan and Jacob Van Leenen got things going in the second half with unassisted goals.
- Madigan then struck again, working on the right side with Tyler Janvrin until a shooting lane opened up.
- Lynn notched the first man-up goal of the game in the final minute as Gavin made a defender bite on a fake shot before burying it past the keeper out in front.
- Jerhoff and Urso connected to grant Lynn a 10-goal advantage.
- After back-to-back Dominican scores, Conrad Rhein led a counter attack through the neutral zone in a man-down situation, ultimately netting his first career goal.
- The Fighting Knights defense killed off an Urso holding penalty before the redshirt-freshman stepped back on to the field and put away his second of the game.
- With 21 seconds left, Janvrin beat this man with speed and recorded his first goal of the year.
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Rainone led the Fighting Knights in scoring for the second consecutive game, putting all five of his shot on frame to record a hat trick.
- Urso finished with five points on two goals and three assists, while Jerhoff matched with three helpers.
- Three Fighting Knights scooped up four groundballs; Rainone, Onofri and Christopher Lasprogata. Onofri and Lasprogata secured 15 of the 24 faceoffs.
- Jordon Van Leenen was the only player to record more than one caused turnover.
- Pat Brothers and Taylor Ferrino split time in net, combining for six stops.
- Lynn held a perfect man-down defense, successfully killing off all six of its penalties.
- The 16 successful clears was the highest since the season opener.
The four-game road trip comes to a close this Saturday as the Fighting Knights venture back south with a stop at Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday, March 12 with a 2 p.m. start.