TAMPA, Fla. – The No.1 seed University of Tampa Spartans men’s lacrosse started their NCAA tournament campaign with a close win over the No. 4 seeded Lenoir-Rhyne University to advance to the NCAA Semifinals.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 1 Tampa 13, No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne 11
Records: Tampa Spartans (19-0), Lenoir-Rhyne Bears (15-4)
Location: Naimoli Family Athletic Complex || Tampa, FL
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Spartans offense would get started the way they have all season, scoring quickly and with precision. As no other than Colin White would put Tampa on the board first with 12:32 remaining in the first quarter, shortly after a goal from Luke McAnaney would double the Spartans lead. However, Lenoir-Rhyne would score two goals in quick succession to even the score up at two a piece, that would not phase Tampa. As the Spartans would come back with a three goal unanswered run, with the Bears bringing the Spartans lead to within one at the end of this back and forth quarter.
12:32 – Colin White, unassisted
6:20 – Daniel Fitzpatrick, unassisted
5:33 – Nick Papa, unassisted
3:56 – Harry Kilkowsi, unassisted
Score: 5-4 Tampa
It would not be long before Lenoir-Rhyne would start the second quarter with a goal to even it up at five. It would be a competitive and physical quarter with both teams struggling to find the back of the net, as Daniel Fitzpatrick would help break the deadlock with 7:39 left in the first half. As Lenoir-Rhyne would once again answer right back with a goal of their own. A Charlie Bolesh and White connection would send the Spartans into the locker room with a one goal lead.
7:39 –Daniel Fitzpatrick, unassisted
Score: 7-6 Tampa
An extra man opportunity would find the Spartans being able to capitalize off of the Bears penalty, as the opening quarter of the second half would be much like the last quarter, as Blake Ulmer would keep Lenoir-Rhyne at bay with multiple incredible saves throughout the third quarter. Both teams would score once more before the fourth and final quarter.
11:38 – Colin White, unassisted
2:11 – Harry Kilkowski, unassisted
Score: 9-7 Tampa
Tampa would come out wasting no time getting off to a quick start in the fourth, as a faceoff win by Hunter Turner would lead to a goal by White as Tampa would start the quarter scoring in eight seconds, this would start another three goal unanswered run for the Spartans. Seemingly putting Lenoir-Rhyne out of reach of this game, the Bears would not let up though. As a late push from Lenoir-Rhyne would give the Spartans a scare coming to the end of the game, a huge save from Ulmer would keep the Spartans lead at two. As the Spartans would drain out the clock to ensure a victory.
Score: 13-11 Tampa
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BEYOND THE BOX:
UP NEXT: The Spartans will return home for the NCAA Semifinals against Limestone next Sunday, May 22nd at 1:00 PM
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