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Lynn Men: Fighting Knights lose close game to Westminster

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in , , , .

via Lynn press release – photo by Crystal Ayn Hagberg


Boca Raton, Florida – In an extremely close game, incredible goalie play from both sides kept it close. Dueling hat-tricks and physical gameplay made for an exciting game till the end on a beautiful Monday night.

Score: Westminster 16 Lynn 11
Records: Lynn (1-4, 0-0 SSC) Westminster (1-1, 0-1)
Series History: Lynn leads 2-1
Location: Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Florida
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  • After Westminster struck first in the opening minute, Joseph Michalski evened up the game for the Fighting Knights with 12:02 to play in the first.
  • After the Griffens went up 5-1, Jalen Stanton made it 5-2 with an assist from Michalski.
  • The Griffens scored again as time expired to make it 6-2 at the end of the first quarter.
  • With 11:18 to go in the second, Matthew Ilchuk added a goal for the Fighting Knights to bring them within three.
  • The Griffens added another goal to go up 7-3, but another goal from Michalski brought Lynn back to three goals down.
  • With 1:23 to go in the second, Connor Koppelman matched Westminster’s goal. His goal from Xander Cosenza made it 8-5 going into the half.
  • The Fighting Knights kept up the pressure as Tommy Ruddo scored just over a minute into the second half.
  • With 4:29 left, Colby Keefe added a goal to the Fighting Knights to make it 9-7.
  • :39 later, Michalski’s hat-trick from Mikey Troese brought the Fighting Knights within one.
  • After the Griffens scored three straight, Stanton added another goal for Lynn from Ilchuk to make it 12-9.
  • :36 later, Cosenza added a goal from Ruddo to bring the Fighting Knights within two.
  • :8 after that goal, a faceoff win picked up by Erich Wiitala would get passed to Cosenza for the score.
  • Westminster only leading by one now after three goals in :43 by Lynn, but the Griffens would win 16-11.
  • Michalski led the Fighting Knights with three goals and one assist.
  • Behind him was Cosenza with two goals and one assist, but leading the team with nine shots.
  • Stanton finished with two goals on six shots.
  • Ilchuck and Ruddo each had a goal and an assist.
  • Koppelman and Keefe each had a goal, Keefe’s being on his one shot.
  • A stellar performance in net from Benjamin Looges saw him have 14 saves including four in the fourth quarter.


The Fighting Knights play again vs Lindenwood (MO) in Lakeland, Florida on Friday, Mar. 11th at 12 P.M.

About the Lynn University Fighting Knights

Lynn’s NCAA Division II Fighting Knights have won 25 national titles and 47 conference championships. The Blue and White are a member of the Sunshine State Conference, the Division II “Conference of National Champions.” Lynn University is an independent college based in Boca Raton, Florida. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Lynn for its innovation, international students and value. To keep up to date on Lynn Athletics, follow @Lynn_Knights on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.