SSC: #13 Rollins Men 12-6 over #3 Tampa – Both Recaps
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No. 13 Rollins Upsets No. 3 Tampa, 12-6
by Michael Pierce, photo by Mike Watters
The Tars took an early lead and never looked back in the program’s first-ever defeat of the Spartans
WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 1, 2023) – The 13th-ranked Rollins men’s lacrosse team earned its first-ever victory over the University of Tampa on Saturday night, downing the third-ranked Spartans, 12-6. With the win, the Tars go to 8-1 on the year and 2-0 in SSC play, while Tampa drops to 8-2 overall, 2-1 in conference action.
Jack Johnstone poured in a game-high five goals and grabbed two ground balls, while Grant Hansen tallied two goals, two assists, three ground balls, and one caused turnover. Logan Myers had two goals and an assist and Justin White added a goal, two assists, and a ground ball. Shahé Katchadurian (7-1) made 12 saves to secure the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Rollins wasted no time as Hansen scored just 38 seconds into the contest.
- After a Tampa goal tied it up, Johnstone netted his first of the night at the 7:49 mark of the first.
- Myers made it 3-1 with his first of the game just over five minutes later, and a Spartan goal late in the period made it a 3-2 contest after one quarter.
- Hansen converted an extra-man opportunity 1:31 into the second to make it 4-2, and Johnstone followed that with his second and third goals of the game to build the lead to 6-2 with 3:57 to play in the second.
- A Tampa goal cut it to 6-3, but Johnstone found the back of the net with just eight ticks on the clock to give the Tars a 7-3 halftime lead.
- Johnstone scored his fifth of the game just 2:22 into the third, and White put home the next goal to increase the lead to 9-3 with 8:49 on the clock.
- Tampa scored two late goals, with a Justin Spencer marker sandwiched in between, making it a 10-5 game heading to the fourth.
- Mikey Berkman scored the first goal of the fourth, with Myers making it a 12-5 game with under five minutes to play.
- Tampa got what would be the last goal of the game just a few seconds later, and the Tars were able to easily hang on for the 12-6 win.
The Tars will travel to Boca Raton on Saturday, April 8 to take on Lynn at 1 p.m.
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Tampa Drops Conference Matchup on the Road
WINTER PARK, Fla. – The No.3 ranked University of Tampa Spartans men’s lacrosse team drops second matchup of the season on the road.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 13 Rollins 12, No. 3 Tampa 6
Records: Tampa Spartans (8-2, 2-1 SSC), Rollins College Tars (8-1, 2-0 SSC)
Location: Barker Family Stadium || Winter Park, Fla.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The top 20 conference matchup began with high intensity from each team. The Tars found of the back of the net within the first minute of the matchup, setting the tone for the remaining minutes of play. Harry Kilkowski capitalized off a back and forth play to put Tampa on the board and tie the game. Rollins scored their second goal about halfway through the quarter. Each teams’ defense shined in the first fifteen minutes, keeping the game close. The Tars netted another one with just under three minutes left in the quarter. The Spartans would head into the second behind a late man-up goal by Jackson Bashaw, cutting the Tars’ lead to one.
09:24 – Harry Kilkowski, unassisted
00:27 – Jackson Bashaw, assisted by Harry Kilkowski
Score: 3-2 Rollins
The battle between the two teams would continue in the opening minutes of the second quarter. The Tars would open the scoring once again, building their lead to two goals. The Spartans would have some scoring chances, but both teams would remain scoreless for the next seven minutes after that early goal. Rollins built their lead to three goals with just over six minutes left before the half. The Tars netted another goal to extend their lead to four, before Nick Papa sparked the Spartan offense with his late goal. However, the late push would leave Tampa with some work to do in the second half.
02:34 – Nick Papa, unassisted
Score: 7-3 Rollins
The second half would open with Tampa going up on a man advantage, behind an offsides penalty to the Tars. Rollins extended their lead to six goals with about seven minutes left in the quarter. Owen Miller and Daniel Fitzpatrick netted late goals to bring life back to the Tampa sideline. The Spartans found themselves in a five goal deficit headed into the final 15 minutes.
1:14 – Owen Miller, unassisted
00:04 – Daniel Fitzpatrick, unassisted
Score: 10-5 Rollins
The final 15 minutes began with a sense of urgency for both teams. Alex Poma netted one off of his face off win to cut the Tars’ lead to six goals. The Spartans comeback efforts were just too late.
04:40 –Alex Poma, unassisted
Final: 12-6 Rollins
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Blake Ulmer recorded 8 saves in the matchup
- Each Spartan goal came from a different player
UP NEXT: The Spartans return home as they continue conference play when they welcome Florida Tech on Wednesday at 8:00p.m.