BOCA RATON, Fla. – In a highly anticipated and tense matchup at home Saturday evening, Lynn University's lacrosse team rushed out to an early lead against the fifth-ranked University of Tampa Spartans. Following a 10-10 tie after three quarters of play, the high-octane Spartans turned it on in the final stanza to defeat the Fighting Knights, 15-10.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Tampa 15, Lynn 10
Records: #5 Tampa (7-1, 1-0 SSC), Lynn (5-3, 0-1 SSC)
Location: Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.
Series: Tampa leads 4-0 all-time
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Fighting Knights dominated the early parts of the contest, notching the first four goals of the game to garner crucial momentum.
- Austin Jerhoff and Mikey Urso opened up the scoring two minutes in off passes from Jacob Van Leenen and Angelo Beacon-Paglia.
- Brian Kiel and Urso then netted unassisted goals to make it four unanswered for Lynn.
- The teams traded goals in the closing minutes of the period, with Urso completing the first-quarter hat trick and Kiel picking up another right before the horn.
- The Blue & White entered the second quarter up 6-2, but four straight from the visitors made it a tie game.
- Following the stalemate, Kiel buried his third of the game and Anthony Rainone got on the scoreboard a minute after.
- Tampa put away three more, but Jerhoff capitalized on a man-up situation at the one-minute warning as the teams trekked into the locker room all knotted up, 9-9.
- The offensive pace slowed down in the third quarter with both teams tallying just one goal.
- Urso connected to Jerhoff right away to give Lynn its third hat trick of the game.
- The final period was all Tampa as the visitors strung together five unanswered goals to close out the victory.
- Conor Whipple notched the first three with Andrew Kew closing out the final two, all unassisted.
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Three Fighting Knights finished with hat tricks, accounting for nine of Lynn's 10 goals.
- Beacon-Paglia's two helpers marked the first multi-assist game of his career.
- Christopher Lasprogata led his squad in both faceoff wins (9) and groundballs (7).
- Pat Brothers made 15 stops between the pipes for Lynn while the Spartans rotated in three netminders throughout the game, combining for 12 saves.
- Whipple, the 2014 SSC Player for the Year, was a force to be reckoned with as he finished with eight goals and one assist.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- The Fighting Knights posted their best shooting and shots-on-goal percentages of the season.
- Lynn is 1-2 against nationally-ranked opponents this year.
- Kiel doubled his scoring output for the season in this game.
- Both sides were even at the X (14-of-28).
The Fighting Knights will host two nonconference opponents next week, starting with MIT on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.