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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The 10th ranked University of Tampa Spartans hit the road for the first time in the 2021 season, as they traveled down south to West Palm Beach to take on the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish. The two teams would battle but the Spartans were able to head back home with a perfect record.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: #10 Tampa 18, PBA 12
Records: Tampa (3-0, 2-0 SSC), PBA (0-1, 0-1 SSC)
Location: PBA Lacrosse Field | West Palm Beach, Fla
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Sailfish got the game started with the first goal about 2:30 into the half. Following the PBA goal, UT would score the next two goals as Cece Colombo and Lauren McNiel found the back of the net. The Tampa lead would be short lived, as Palm Beach Atlantic would tie the game back up at two apiece. The two SSC foes would trade goals back and forth as the teams would be tied at four, halfway through the half. UT was able to gain control of the game as they would net the three goals giving them a 7-4 lead. The Spartans would add another three goals after that to take the lead into the break. || UT 10, PBA 5
Following the break, the Sailfish would be first on the board to pull within four goals of the Spartans. UT would then go on a 4-0 run, as Genie Santarpio would score three of the four points. After Palm Beach Atlantic answered back with two goals, Tampa would shut the door with three more goals, extending their lead to 17-8 with 11:26 left to play. PBA would attempt one final comeback, scoring the next four goals, but it would prove to be too late as UT claimed their third win of the season. || UT 18, PBA 12
INSIDE THE STATS:
BEYOND THE BOX
UP NEXT: Tampa is back at home next Wednesday, as they will host Florida Southern in a top 10 battle at Naimoli Field.
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s lacrosse team opened its season on Saturday at the Rinker Athletic Campus against No. 10-ranked Tampa.
PBA (0-1, 0-1 SSC) started the game strong, matching every punch the Spartans threw early on, but fatigue and turnovers began to catch up with the ‘Fish as Tampa (3-0, 2-0 SSC) pulled away towards the end of the first half. The Sailfish fought hard until the final whistle, ending the game on a 4-1 scoring run; however, Tampa earned the win, 18-12.
Grace Bartlinski led the PBA attack with five goals, including netting her 100th career-goal to start the contest. Kiki Cinotti, Kate LeBlanc, and Lindsey Heffler all tallied two goals each as Cinotti led the ‘Fish with two assists. Anna Laskaris was right behind with a goal of her own.
Bartlinski found the back of the net two minutes into the game to give PBA a 1-0 lead. Tampa responded with two goals of its own, but the ‘Fish refused to back down. The ‘Fish hung around as the top-10 ranked Spartans led just 5-4 through the first 15 minutes of action. The Spartans ended the half on a 5-1 run as PBA began to lose its legs towards the end of the period.
Tampa continued to pull away to begin the second half. The Spartans took a 17-9 lead with 11 minutes left in the game. PBA tried to make a comeback after a pair of goals from Bartlinski and Cinotti, but the ‘Fish ran out of time, dropping the game 18-12.
PBA was outshot by the visitors 33-20, including 28-17 in shots on goal. The Spartans took advantage of four free-position goals on five attempts whereas PBA did not convert any goals on its two attempts. Turnovers cost the ‘Fish during Tampa’s run as PBA totaled 17 turnovers in the game.
The Sailfish are scheduled to compete against Lynn on the road on Wednesday. The game in Boca Raton, Fla. is scheduled for 6 p.m.