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SSC: Tampa Men Hold Off Late PBA Rally for 14-11 Win – Both Recaps

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#1 Tampa Remains Undefeated as They Defeat Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The No. 1 ranked University of Tampa Spartans men’s lacrosse continued their No.1 campaign with a win over Palm Beach Atlantic University.


Final: No. 1 Tampa 14, Palm Beach Atlantic 11

Records: Tampa Spartans (9-0), Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish (4-4)

Location: Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus || West Palm Beach, FL



The Spartans found themselves behind early in the quarter, with the Sailfish opening the scoring. However, the Sailfish lead did not last long with Kellen Hoke opening the scoring for the Spartans three minutes later. With a pair of late goals scored 30 seconds apart, the Spartans would head into the second quarter with the lead. The Spartans scored as follows:

9:25 Kellen Hoke, assisted by Owen Miller

05:54 – Luke McAnaneyKellen Hoke 

05:24 Harry Kilkowski, assisted by Luke McAnaney

Score: 3-2 Tampa


The Spartans would carry their momentum from late in the first quarter to the beginning of the second. Luke McAnaney would score within one minute of the opening faceoff being taken. After his goal, the Spartans offense went on a roll scoring three unanswered goals. The Sailfish kept the Spartans on their toes, cutting into their three-goal lead late in the quarter. Harry Kilkowski‘s last minute goal gave the Spartans a five-goal cushion headed into the half. The Spartans scored as follows:

14:16 – Luke McAnaney, assisted by Charlie Bolesh

12:31 – Owen Miller, unassisted

11:38  – Colin White, assisted by Charlie Bolesh

04:05 – Ethan Paduch, assisted by Kellen Hoke

02:42 – Luke McAnaney, assisted by Ronan Sanchez

01:01 – Harry Kilkowski, unassisted

Score: 9-4 Tampa


The Spartans would keep their great offensive showing going as they scored four unanswered goals to open the second half. The Sailfish would then find the back of the net late in the quarter twice in a row, to challenge the Spartan lead. Owen Matukas scored with five seconds left in the third to back up the Spartans’ lead and keep the Sailfish an arm’s length away headed into the fourth. The Spartans scored as follows:

11:23 – Luke McAnaney, assisted by Colin White

08:16 – Colin White, unassisted

07:01 – Kellen Hoke, assisted by Harry Kilkowski

04:47 – Daniel Fitzpatrick, unassisted

00:05 – Owen Matukas, assisted by Harry Kilkowski

Score: 14-7 Tampa


The fourth quarter would see the Spartans not finding the back of the net in the final 15 minutes. The Sailfish scored four goals but, their comeback efforts were too little too late. The decisive play of the Spartan offense early on would prove to be the deciding factor in the road victory.

Final: 14-11 Tampa


  • Four Spartans, McAnaneyWhiteKilkowski, and Hoke would each score two or more goals
  • Tampa would outshoot Palm Beach Atlantic 43-28
  • White would record a game high 5 ground balls

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Men’s Lacrosse Falls To #1 Tampa 14-11

by Nick Sheehy, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla- The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s lacrosse team suffered an SSC loss to the No. 1 Tampa Spartans 14-11 at the Rinker Athletic Campus. PBA (4-4) closed the game out on a 6-1 run but came up short. 

The first half for the ‘Fish was headlined by Dylan Insolia who notched a first-half hat-trick. The Sailfish struck first with 12:23 in the first quarter. Joshua Turner connected with Insolia who ripped a shot top shelf to give PBA a 1-0 lead. Tampa scored an equalizer off a PBA penalty with 9:25. At 8:18 in the first quarter and the score at 1-1, Ben Justice buried his seventh goal of the year for a 2-1 PBA lead. Justice finished the game with two goals for a season total of eight. 

The Spartans went on a 5-0 run to build their lead to 6-2. At 9:05 in the second quarter, the Turner to Insolia connection struck again to end the Sailfish scoring drought. Turner finished the game with two assists. Tampa tacked on another for a 7-3 Spartan lead with 4:05 left in the first half. PBA capitalized off a Tampa penalty with 3:42 left, Caleb Southard assisted Insolia for his third and final goal of the game. Tampa closed the first half out on a 2-0 run to bring the score to 9-4 at halftime. 

Austin Evans caught a pass from Insolia and scored his 13th goal of the season with 13:20 in the third quarter. The Spartans answered back with a 4-0 run of their own. With the score at 13-5 with 2:38 in the third quarter, Hunter Hopman assisted Justice on his second goal of the game. Henry Sloyan scored his first goal of the game when he shot a rocket with 2:03 left in the third. Tampa closed out the quarter with a goal to build their lead to 14-7. 

In the fourth quarter, the ‘Fish caught fire with Sloyan as the catalyst. Sloyan notched a fourth-quarter hat-trick to finish the game with four goals. With 14:37 in the fourth quarter, Sloyan scored his second of the game to cut the Sailfish deficit to 14-8. At 11:32 Southard assisted Sloyan for PBA’s ninth goal of the game. With 8:50 left in the game, Hopman spun through Spartan defenders near the crease and finished his shot for his 13th goal of the season. Sloyan tacked on one more with 8:07 left in the fourth to bring the score to 14-11. Sloyan leads the Sailfish in goals with 17 this season. 

 PBA’s defense shutout the Spartans in the fourth quarter. Penalties hindered the Sailfish comeback as 14-11 was the final score. 

PBA defender Gunner Gebelein finished the game with two caused turnovers and two ground balls. In the third quarter, Gebelein notched his 200th career ground ball. Additionally, Gebelein has caused 102 turnovers. The ‘Fish went 13-14 on faceoffs and committed four more penalties than the Spartans. PBA goalkeeper Ben Lightsey started in net for the ‘Fish and recorded 14 saves. 

Next, PBA hosts Saint Leo on Saturday, Apr. 2.