via the school’s press releases
TAMPA, Fla. – The No.6 ranked University of Tampa Spartans men’s lacrosse team remains undefeated at home with its first conference win.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 6 Tampa 20, Embry-Riddle 3
Records: Tampa Spartans (5-1), Embry-Riddle Eagles (4-3)
Location: Naimoli Family Athletic Complex || Tampa, Fla.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The first quarter would open with great defensive play from both teams, with each goaltender making early saves. The Eagles would open the scoring three minutes into the quarter. Freshman Grant Green netted a goal of his own to tie the game with just over eight minutes left. Owen Miller found Harry Kilkowski in front of the net to put Tampa in the lead. The Spartan offense scored less than one minute later with Daniel Fitzpatrick netting a goal from Canyon Birch. The Tampa offense ignited late in the quarter, putting them in a four-goal lead heading into the second.
08:30 – Grant Green unassisted
05:59 – Harry Kilkowski, assisted by Owen Miller
04:57 – Daniel Fitzpatrick, assisted by Canyon Birch
03:38 – Harry Kilkowski, unassisted
02:14 – Jackson Bashaw, unassisted
Score: 5-1 Tampa
The second quarter would begin similarly to the first, with each team’s defense locking it down in their zone. Miller scored an unassisted goal of his own early in the quarter to build the Spartan lead to five goals. Kilkowski found himself one on one with the Eagles’ goaltender, before selflessly passing the ball to teammate Luke McAnaney to net a goal. The Eagles responded right back to cut the Tampa lead to five goals once again. Charlie Bolesh netted a late goal to put the Spartans ahead by six goals heading into the half.
12:17 – Owen Miller, unassisted
06:25 – Luke McAnaney, assisted by Harry Kilkowski
02:11 – Charlie Bolesh, unassisted
Score: 8-2 Tampa
The second half would begin with the Spartans netting back-to-back goals early, building their lead to eight goals. Freshman Jackson Bashaw continued to build his resume with an assist on Miller‘s second goal of the matchup. The Eagles answered back with just over nine minutes left in the quarter, cutting into the Spartan momentum. Tampa’s offense continued to roll, and they headed into the last 15 minutes with a comfortable lead.
12:43 – Daniel Fitzpatrick, assisted by Owen Miller
12:25 – Canyon Birch, assisted by A.J. Pascarella
10:52 – Owen Miller, assisted by Jackson Bashaw
08:23 – Luke McAnaney, assisted by Nick Papa
07:30 – Owen Miller, assisted by Canyon Birch
07:24 – Canyon Birch, assisted by Alex Poma
03:51- Jackson Bashaw, assisted by Kellen Hoke
00:05 Nicky Palermo, assisted by Canyon Birch
Score: 16-3 Tampa
The final 15 minutes began with Miller netting his fourth goal of the matchup. From there, the Spartans continued to dominate the Eagles earning the win on home turf.
11:55 – Owen Miller, unassisted
08:26 – Max Manniello, unassisted
07:43 – Nick Papa, assisted by Jonathan Crocker
06:21 – Josh Gallia, assisted by Truman Osburn
Final: 20-3 Tampa
INSIDE THE STATS:
UP NEXT: The Spartans remain at home to celebrate senior day Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Palm Beach Atlantic.
TAMPA, Florida – Despite a program record 25 saves from Carter Groezinger, the Embry-Riddle men’s lacrosse team couldn’t keep pace with the NCAA II defending national champion Tampa Spartans on Wednesday, dropping a 20-3 decision to open Sunshine State Conference play. The Eagles (4-3, 0-1 SSC) scored the game’s first goal, but it was all No. 6 Tampa (5-1, 1-0 SSC) after that.
Marcus Needham found an open Christian Hofer in front of the goal just a few minutes into the game, and Hofer buried his shot past UT goalkeeper Blake Ulmer for an early 1-0 Eagle lead.
ERAU held that advantage for nearly half the opening quarter until the Spartans finally got level at the 8:30 mark. They would add another to take a 2-1 lead a few minutes later as part of a 5-0 scoring run in the period as they would take a 5-1 lead into the second quarter.
The Spartans would score the first two goals of the second before Isaiah Hines scored the first of his two tallies to make it 7-2 with five minutes remaining before halftime.
The hosts scored one final time in the quarter and enjoyed an 8-2 lead at the break.
The Spartans pulled away in the second half, outscoring the visitors 8-1 in the third and then 4-0 in the final quarter to account for the 20-3 final score.
Groezinger played all 60 minutes in net, finishing with 25 saves, breaking the Eagle record set by Lucas Fraser twice last season. UT out-shot the the Eagles 63-30 on the day, while winning the face-off battle 22-5.
Embry-Riddle heads up to Belmont Abbey on Wednesday, March 15. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. in Belmont, North Carolina.