SSC Men: Tampa Gets the NCAA Bid With the 13-10 Win Over Saint Leo – Both Recaps!

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via Tampa press release


Men’s Lacrosse Wins Sixth Consecutive Sunshine State Conference Championship


TAMPA, Fla. –  The No. 19 University of Tampa Spartans defeated the Saint Leo University Lions by a final score of 13-10 in the Sunshine State Conference Championship. This is Tampa’s sixth consecutive SSC Championship title. Due to their outstanding performances during the SSC tournament, five Spartans were named All-SSC Championship Team selections. First, Ross Dickerson was named tournament MVP. The other all-tournament selections included Bryan WrightBryan KarnMatt VetterHear how to pronounce Matt Vetter, and Andrew KewHear how to pronounce Andrew Kew.


Final:  UT Spartans 13, SLU Lions 10
Records: Tampa (14-5), Saint Leo (10-7)
Location: Naimoli Family Field | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series:  The Spartans lead the all-time series with the Lions 9-3.
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1st Period

  • Saint Leo was the first team on the board with a goal from Andrew Buck.
  • Colin White responded for the Spartans with a goal off the pass by Matt VetterHear how to pronounce Matt Vetter.
  • Once again, the Lions took the advantage netting another goal.
  • However, UT answered with the last three goals of the first period.
  • The first was an unassisted goal by senior captain Andrew KewHear how to pronounce Andrew Kew.
  • Luke Curran then netted the second off the pass by Shane Hanlon.
  • Freshman Harry KilkowskiHear how to pronounce Harry Kilkowski scored the final goal of the period.
  • Heading into the second period the Spartans led the Lions 4-2.


2nd Period

  • Kew netted his second goal of the contest to start the second period. He was assisted by Jake Mosher McGrawHear how to pronounce Jake Mosher McGraw.
  • Saint Leo answered with a goal with 12:46 remaining in the half.
  • Tampa then took the 6-3 lead with another goal from Kilkowski off the assist by Ross Dickerson.
  • The Lions then narrowed Tampa’s lead to two with another goal.
  • Kew then scored his third goal of the contest off the pass by Chris Cox.
  • The Lions then netted back-to-back goals.
  • Kew earned the last goal of the first half, off the assist by Matt VetterHear how to pronounce Matt Vetter.
  • Heading into halftime, the Spartans led the Lions 8-6.


3rd Period

  • To start the second half, Jake Mosher McGrawHear how to pronounce Jake Mosher McGraw netted one, assisted by Vetter.
  • The Lions refused to quit netting their seventh goal with 13:11 on the clock.
  • Kilkowski then scored again for UT, this time from Kansai GareyHear how to pronounce Kansai Garey.
  • Colin White then gave Tampa their 11thpoint off the assist by Kilkowski.
  • Tampa’s final goal of the third period was scored by Bryan Wright.
  • The Lions scored twice more to end the period.
  • At the end of the third period, Tampa held the lead over Saint Leo 12-9.


4th Period

  • SLU scored a goal with 7:37 remaining in the contest.
  • The final goal of the contest was netted by Bryan Wright off the assist by Harry KilkowskiHear how to pronounce Harry Kilkowski.
  • The No. 19 University of Tampa Spartans defeated the Saint Leo Lions by a final score of 13-10.
  • Tampa earned their sixth consecutive Sunshine State Conference Championship title.





The Spartans NCAA tournament fate will be announced during the selection show on Sunday, May 5th. The 2019 NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championships brackets will be announced the first weekend in May prior to first-round competition




via Saint Leo press release


Saint Leo Concludes SSC Tournament as League’s Runners-Up


TAMPA, Fla. – The fourth-seeded Saint Leo Lions concluded the Sunshine State Conference Championship at the second-seeded Tampa Spartans on Sunday. The Spartans recorded a 13-10 decision over the Lions to extend their SSC Championship win streak to six-straight as the only school in the league to claim the title.

Saint Leo (10-7) jumped to an early 2-1 lead at the Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex. Tampa (14-5) forced the lead change at 5:57 in the midst of a three-goal run to close the first quarter; 4-2.

Saint Leo and Tampa went back-and-forth in the second quarter as each team netted four goals for a halftime score of 8-6.

CJ Stowell finished a pass from Matt Shand at 13:11 in the third to keep the game within two; 9-7. Tampa went on a three-goal run to increase its lead to three after the third; 12-9.

Tyler Eames found the back of Tampa’s net with 7:37 left in the game to chip away at the hosts lead. It would prove too little as the Spartans netted one more to ensure the SSC Championship title.
Stat Highlights

  • Philip Buque paced the Lions offense with four points scoring a hat-trick and an assist.
  • CJ Stowell also recorded a hat-trick in a three-point game.
  • Thomas Tatarian earned a game-high 13 saves with another fantastic day in the net.
  • Eight different Lions contributed points in the championship tilt.


Beyond the Boxscore


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