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 Dickersonwas named tournament MVP. The other all-tournament selections included Bryan Wright, Bryan Karn, Matt Vetter, and Andrew Kew.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
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. Follow Us: @TampaSpartans on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Saint Leo was the first team on the board with a goal from Andrew Buck.
Ross Dickersonhad an outstanding day for UT, winning 23-36 faceoffs from the X. Dickerson also had an assist and a team-high of 18 ground balls.
Bryan Karnplayed keeper for the entire sixty. Karn faced 20 shots and recorded 10 saves on the day.
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
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.
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