via the school’s press releases
TAMPA, FL. – The No. 2 ranked University of Tampa Spartans men’s lacrosse team would defeat the No.16 Florida Tech Panthers in a double overtime thriller at home.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 2 Tampa 11, No. 16 Florida Tech 10
Records: Tampa Spartans (6-0, 1-0 SSC), Florida Tech Panthers (2-3, 0-1 SSC)
Location: Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex || Tampa, FL
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The first quarter would open with a defensive battle between the two teams. The Panthers would open the scoring with a goal about four minutes into the quarter. The Spartans started slow, and found themselves in a two-goal deficit with seven minutes left in the first. With 25 seconds left, Colin White cut into the Panthers lead going into the second quarter.
Score: 4-1 Florida Tech
The second quarter would begin similarly to the first, with both teams playing excellent defense. The Panthers opened the scoring once again, but the Spartans had an answer for that, with Luke McAnaney scoring late in the quarter.
Score: 5-2 Florida Tech
Tampa would come out of halftime with new life. The Spartans offense would get started about five minutes into the quarter, and score two goals with one minute of each other to cut into the Panthers’ lead. With three minutes left, the Spartans offense surged and got within two goals of the lead.
10:33 – Harry Kilkowski, unassisted.
09:13 – Daniel Fitzpatrick, unassisted.
Score: 8-6 Florida Tech
Both teams would go back and forth in an evenly matched fourth quarter. The Spartans would open the scoring in the fourth quarter, pulling within one goal of the Panthers. The Panthers answered though, to bring the goal deficit back to two. The Spartans would end up tying the score at 5:50 with a goal by Daniel Fitzpatrick to force the game into overtime.
12:40 – Matthew Beddow, unassisted.
10:05 – Charlie Bolesh, unassisted.
05:50 – Daniel Fitzpatrick, unassisted.
No one scored in the first four, a second overtime was needed.
With four seconds left, Harry Kilkowski netted the game winning shot for the Spartans to end the double overtime thriller.
Final: 11-10 Tampa
INSIDE THE STATS:
UP NEXT: The Spartans continue their home stand as they face Colorado Mesa Saturday March 19th, at 1:00 PM
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INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final: #16 Florida Tech 10, #2 Tampa 11 (2OT)
Records: Florida Tech (4-3), Tampa (6-0)
Location: Naimoli Athletic Complex | Tampa, Fla.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE:
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
UP NEXT: Florida Tech will have an 11-day break before returning to action on Wednesday, March 23 hosting Colorado Mesa at Panther Field. The game is set to begin at 4 p.m.
For the latest news, updates and information on the Florida Tech men’s lacrosse team, visit FloridaTechSports.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Panthers news by following Florida Tech Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
The Tampa Spartans (6-0) only led once in Saturday’s men’s lacrosse shootout, winning 11-10 over the Florida Tech Panthers (4-3) in double overtime. This was a regional contest with the conference matchup slated for later in the season.
Harry Kilkowski scored his second goal of the day with seven seconds left in the second overtime, giving the Second-ranked Spartans the come-from-behind victory.
“So proud of the way our young men competed today,” said Panthers coach Brad MacArthur by email after the game. “Coming off the trip to Maryland we were a little beat up but we had a solid week of practice with no excuses.”
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