via Tampa press release
HICKORY, N.C. – The University of Tampa men’s lacrosse team opened up the 2021 NCAA Tournament with a convincing 24-8 victory over the University of Mount Olive. The win moves the Spartans to the NCAA South Region semifinal.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Tampa 24, Mount Olive 8
Records: Tampa (10-0), Mount Olive (11-3)
All-Time Series: Tampa leads the series 2-0
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Spartans came out hot as Jack Wood and Bryan Wright scored two early goals that gave Tampa an early 2-0 lead. The Trojans were able to answer with a goal of their own to bring the game within one goal. Following the UMO goals, the flood gates would open for UT as they would score the final seven goals of the quarter to take a commanding lead. || UT 9, UMO 1
Tampa would continue their offensive onslaught as they were able to score the first five goals of the second quarter to put them up 14-1. Ben French would be the leading scorer in the quarter as the senior attackman had four points on two goals and two assists. || UT 15, UMO 2
Coming off the intermission, Tampa would again strike first, as Bryan Wright would find the back of the net off a Jack Wood assist. The remainder of the quarter would remain relatively even as each team would score three goals in the frame. Wood scored or assisted on all three goals in the quarter. || UT 18, UMO 5
The Spartans would put the final nail in the coffin as they would score the first four goals of the final frame to give them a 22-5 lead. Following the hot start by Tampa, the two teams would trade goals over the final 4:51 to end the game. || UT 24, UMO 8.
INSIDE THE STATS
UP NEXT: The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday at noon, as they will face host school Lenoir-Rhyne in the South Region semifinal.
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