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Boca Barnburner Sees #5 Tampa Women take the 10-9 OT Win over #13 Lynn; C. Columbo 2G/2A, Wrisk/Howell 2G, 17-6 DCs for UT, O’Connor 2G/2A, Clark/Dohler 2G for Lynn – Both Recaps

Steinbrenner alum Kaitlyn Price 1A/1CTO for Tampa. Hagerty alum Catie O’Connor 2G/2A/1CTO, Flanagan alum Diane Dohler 2G for Lynn.

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Spartans Put Fighting Knights to Rest in OT

BOCA RATON, Fla. The No. 5 University of Tampa Spartans defeated the No. 13 Lynn Fighting Knights, making it the Spartans sixth road win this season. 


The first half saw a lot of back and forth action between the two nationally ranked teams. While the Spartans were the first to get on the scoreboard from a Peyton Howell goal, the Fighting Knights would score back-to-back goals by two different Lynn players to capture the lead. Tampa would respond at the 4:29 mark as Howell would score her second goal of the game to level the score. But Lynn would retake the lead at 3-2 before heading into the second quarter. The Fighting Knights would continue their momentum into the next period as they would extend their advantage from a solo goal. This did not intimidate Tampa as Sophi Wrisk would rip a long shot pass Lynn’s goalie to earn a man-up goal. A few moments later, Allie Peebles would find the back of the net off a pass from Cece Colombo to equalize the score at 4-4.

After the break, Alyssa Romano would score a free position goal to give Tampa the lead for the second time. Less than a minute late, Cece Colombo would find Sarah Hinkle on the inside, making it her second assist of the game. At the 9:50 mark, Wrisk would earn herself another goal after finding an opening in the Fighting Knights’ defense, giving the Spartans a 7-4 advantage. However, Tampa was not out of the woods yet as Lynn would score three consecutive goals to tie things up. The Spartans would respond as attacker Gracie Colombo would nab her first goal of the day with help from fellow attacker Kaitlin Price to end the period with the lead. 

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Cece Colombo would find the back of the net to earn her first goal of the day, extending the Spartan’s lead to 9-7 in the fourth quarter. However, the Fighting Knights had other plans in mind as they would tack on two more goals to push the game into overtime. With six minutes added to the game clock for the fifth period, Cece Colombo would win the draw control to give Tampa the position. The Spartans would move the ball quickly around the Fighting Knights’ goal, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. That time would come around the 4:20 mark as Lynn player Emily Solomon would draw a foul, giving Tampa a free position attempt. Cece Colombo would be the one to take it and find the back of the net to help the Spartans win the game at 10-9.    

Stat of the Game – Cece Colombo scores game-winning goal from the free position spot, making it her 22nd goal of the season and third consecutive conference win for Tampa. 


  • Tampa earns their fourth conference win and improves to 11-3 overall on the season. 
  • Three Spartans would tally two goals in the game.  
  • UT went 17-22 on clears.
  • The Spartans would cause 9 turnovers and win 17 draw controls. 
  • Alex Walling would earn a total of 11 saves.   

UP NEXT – The Spartans will stay on the road as they head to Winter Park to take on the Tars this Saturday at 12:00 PM. 


O’Connor forces overtime but Lynn drops SSC tilt

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Freshman Catie O’Connor scored with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send No. 13 Lynn University’s matchup with No. 5 Tampa into overtime, but the Spartans scored just 42 seconds into OT to seal a 10-9 win in a key Sunshine State Conference showdown, Wednesday. The Fighting Knights were led by a pair of goals from O’Connor, sophomore Rebecca Clark and senior Diane Dohler. Lynn is now 11-3 overall and 2-3 in the SSC. 

– Tampa outshot Lynn 28-25 with each team putting 20 on goal
– Lynn owned a 15-9 advantage in ground balls while Tampa posted 17-of-23 draw controls
– Junior Kristyn Johnson and O’Connor scored back-to-back goals to give Lynn an early 2-1 lead
– Clark scored with 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter to put the Fighting Knights ahead, 3-2
– After a defensive second period, the teams went into halftime tied at four as Dohler scored Lynn’s only goal
– The Spartans scored three quick goals to begin the third to take a 7-4 lead
– Lynn responded with consecutive goals by freshman Hannah Connors, sophomore Elizabeth Clagett and Clark to tie the game with 4:51 left in the third
– The Fighting Knights made a run as they trailed by two with under eight minutes remaining in regulation
– Dohler’s unassisted goal cut the Lynn deficit to one, 9-8, with 7:18 left in the fourth period
– After seven minutes of back-and-forth scoreless action, O’Connor tallied a dramatic unassisted goal with just 15 seconds left to send the game to overtime
– In overtime, the Spartans won the draw control and scored on the only shot attempt in extra time to win, 10-9

– Sophomore goalie Callista Elica made 10 saves, her second highest total of 2024
– O’Connor scored multiple goals in a game for the first time in her collegiate career
– Clark, who had a team-high four draw controls, has found the back of the net in every game this season and has multiple goals in 13-of-14 contests
– Dohler now has nine goals over her last three contests
– Johnson, Clagett, Elica and sophomore Emily Solomon scooped up a game-high three ground balls
– Solomon also caused four turnovers

– No. 10 Lynn travels to Melbourne to face No. 20 Florida Tech on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 pm