Boca Raton, Fla. – Lynn University's men's lacrosse team saw its eight-game win streak snapped on Thursday evening, falling in the semifinals of the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Men's Lacrosse Championships 9-7 to visiting-Saint Leo. Senior attackman Conor Vaughan netted two goals on three shots while Dryden Brous continued to prove himself a force in the faceoff circle, going 16-for-20.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Saint Leo 9, No. 15 Lynn 7
Records: SLU (10-6), Lynn (11-4)
Location: Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-Time Series: Saint Leo leads 4-3 (Teams split in 2019)
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Brous followed up a 19-of-23 performance the first time against the Lions with his 16-for-20 effort tonight.
- Vaughan made the most of his opportunities, ripping the net with goals in the second and third quarters.
- Xander Cosenza also put in two goals on a game-high 12 shots, six on frame.
- Conrad Rhein put the Blue and White in front early with a goal and finished the day with six shots, four of which were on goal.
- Mikey Urso and Nick McCabe also added a tally each as five different Fighting Knights scored in the game.
- Lynn outshot Saint Leo 41-29, but SLU keeper Thomas Tatarian stood tall inside the pipes, saving 15 shots on 22 Fighting Knight attempts.
- SLU picked up a quick goal at the end of the second quarter and parlayed that momentum to the second half, outscoring Lynn 5-2.
- After winning just two face-offs through the first three quarters, the Lions claimed 2-of-4 in the fourth quarter.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Evan P. Kalish had four caused turnovers, moving into second all-time for single-season caused TOs (22).
- McCabe's one assist ties him with Mikey Urso for the single-season assists record (24).
- Brous' five ground balls move his season total to 161 in 2019, breaking his previous all-time mark of 145 in 2018.
- Cosenza slides up into a tie for third all-time for points in a season (47) with his three-point output.
- The trend continues as Lynn and Saint Leo have traded wins in all seven of their tilts, with the opposite side winning in each of the teams' seven matchups. The Lions won in 2014, 2016 and 2018 while Lynn claimed victory in 2015, 2017 and 2019 before falling in the rematch tonight.
Ranked sixth in the South Region before tonight's contest, the Fighting Knights will now await their NCAA postseason fate with the NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse Championships field set to be announced next week.