Early Deficit Leads to First Lacrosse Defeat

Early Deficit Leads to First Lacrosse Defeat

Wingate, N.C. – An early 5-0 deficit plus a season-high in turnovers proved detrimental for the 12th-ranked Lynn University lacrosse team on Tuesday afternoon as the Fighting Knights were handed their first loss of the 2017 season, 11-6, at Wingate University. Lynn started to make a push late in the fourth quarter but strong goalkeeping from the home squad prevented the Blue and White comeback.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Wingate 11, #12 Lynn 6
Records: Wingate (4-1), #12 Lynn (3-1)
Location: Graham Gill Field | Wingate, N.C.
All-time Series: Wingate leads 1-0
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STATS OF THE GAME:
  • Lynn featured a balanced offense with six different goal scorers.
  • Johnny Gavin, Brian Kiel, Conrad Rhein, Sean Escalante and Nick Howard each knotted a goal coming out of the offensive midfield with attackmen Austin Jerhoff tallying the sixth.
  • Escalante distributed an assist for his second multi-point game of the year with FOGO Dryden Brous recorded Lynn's other helper.
  • Brous and Christopher Lasprogata combined for a 12-8 edge over the Bulldogs on the faceoff.
  • Mikey Urso scooped up a career-high seven groundballs, followed by Lasprogata and Angelo Beacon-Paglia with four apiece.
  • Urso (career-high), Beacon-Paglia and Shaun McDonald all recorded two caused turnovers.
  • Netminder Collin McClelland made 10 stops in the full 60 minutes in goal.
  • Lynn outshot Wingate, 31-25, but the sides were knotted up in shots-on-goal (21). Wingate's goalie finished with 15 saves.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
  • Lasprogata is now the program's all-time leader in groundball pickups, despite playing just one-plus season in the blue and white uniform. He passes goalkeeper Taylor Ferrino. 
  • Lynn was the last undefeated team remaining in the Sunshine State Conference.
  • The Bulldogs received votes in this week's USILA Coaches Poll, sitting right outside of the nation's top-20. Lynn spends its second straight week at No. 12.
  • The Fighting Knights' defense surrendered double-digit goals for the first time this season.

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights return from their two-game road trip to the biggest matchup Bobby Campbell Stadium has seen with No. 2 Limestone coming to town on Saturday, March 11. First faceoff is slated for noon.