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Tampa Women Edge Lynn 11-10 to Advance to the Elite Eight, Tampa Big Edge in 2ndH Draws; Wrisk 6G, Howell 2G/2A Lead Spartans, Dohler/Johnson 3G/1A Each, Elica 10 Saves for Knights – Both Recaps

Flanigan alum Diane Dohler 3G/1A/1GB/1CTO, PB Central alum Ginger Stein 1GB/1CTO for Lynn.

via the school press releases/websites


Tampa Advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals in Back to Back Seasons

LAKELAND, Fla. – After clinching their first-round win over Lynn, the University of Tampa Spartans advance to the quarterfinals of the 2024 NCAA Division II Tournament. 


As they stepped onto the field for the opening draw control, the Spartans anticipated another closely contested matchup against the Fighting Knights. During the first five minutes, both teams made several attempts, but it was Tampa who struck first as junior midfielder Sophi Wrisk scored off a pass from Peyton Howell. The Spartans maintained their one-goal lead until the 3:18 mark when the Fighting Knights scored the equalizer. With the score tied at 1-1 and a few minutes remaining in the first quarter, Cece Colombo and Georgia Glowaki made efforts to regain the lead for Tampa. However, the Spartans were unable to notch another goal, forcing them to head into the second quarter with the score still tied. 

Lynn re-entered the field with renewed determination as Mallory Jarka swiftly found the net within two minutes of the second quarter, giving Lynn the lead for the first time in the game. Shortly after, Jarka added another goal, extending the Fighting Knights’ lead to 3-1. Momentum started to shift back into Tampa’s favor when Wrisk capitalized on back-to-back scoring opportunities that were supported by Cece Colombo and Allie Peebles. At the 4:51 mark, Howell netted her first goal of the day, putting Tampa back in the lead at 4-3. The Fighting Knights retaliated swiftly, equalizing the score on the following possession, but Tampa responded with a man-up goal from Jenna Myhal to reclaim the lead once again. With less than five seconds remaining in the half, Tampa seized one final opportunity with a free position attempt which Wrisk capitalized on as she ripped a shot past Lynn’s goalie, securing her fourth goal of the match.

During the third quarter, the Fighting Knights notched three consecutive goals within five minutes. Despite this surge, the Spartans remained composed and a few plays later, Cece Colombo delivered a pass to Wrisk near the goal, allowing her to quickly score and tie the game at 7-7. Lynn managed to add another goal, but Tampa quickly responded as Howell scored the equalizer, squashing Lynn’s advantage before the end of the period. The fourth quarter saw Lynn recapture the lead for the final time in the match as Diane Dohler found the back of the net. At the 13:15 mark, Myhal secured her second goal of the game from the free position spot, leveling the score at 9-9. Moments later, Wrisk, who was no stranger to the net, secured her sixth goal of the match with an assist from Howell. As Tampa continued to apply pressure offensively, Riley McGettigan managed to find a gap in Lynn’s defense to score, extending Tampa’s lead by two. In the closing minutes of the match, the Fighting Knights were able to notch another goal, but it was Tampa who emerged victorious with a final score of 11-10.

Stat of the Game – Sophi Wrisk achieved a personal milestone by recording a career-high in goals scored during a game, finding the back of the net six times.


  • The Spartans are moving onto the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Tournament. 
  • Alex Walling recorded a total of 7 saves. 
  • UT won the draw control battle, 15-9.
  • Sophi Wrisk led the Spartans in goals (6). 
  • Tampa caused 9 turnovers and won 19 groundballs.  

UP NEXT – The Tampa Spartans will prepare for their next postseason matchup against conference foe, Florida Southern Moccasins, this Saturday at noon. 


Lynn loses in NCAA Tournament opening round

LAKELAND, Fla. – The record-breaking season for the 13th-ranked Lynn University women’s lacrosse team came to a close on Thursday afternoon with an 11-10 loss to third-ranked Tampa in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Fighting Knights settle at 13-6 on the season after making their first-ever appearances in both the Sunshine State Conference and NCAA Tournaments.
– The Spartans outshot the Fighting Knights, 30-19, including a 15-11 advantage in the second half
– Sophomore keeper Callista Elica made 10 saves in net and Lynn caused 11 turnovers to offset a 15-9 lead in draw controls from Tampa
– Senior Diane Dohler scored late in the first quarter and junior Mallory Jarka opened the second quarter with two goals as Lynn surged to a 3-1 lead
– The Spartans closed the first half on a 5-1 scoring run for a 6-4 lead at intermission
– Dohler scored the lone goal during UT’s run with 3:11 left in the second frame
– The Blue and White answered with a 3-0 run to open the third quarter
– Junior Kristyn Johnson scored just 13 seconds into the second half and sophomore Rebecca Clark scored back-to-back goals at 12:23 and again at 10:31 as Lynn snared a 7-6 cushion
– Johnson found the net with 6:24 left in the third and Dohler opened the fourth with a goal as the Fighting Knights led 9-8
– The Spartans grabbed an 11-9 lead with three-straight goals with 7:21 to play
– Johnson scored for the third time with 4:26 to pull Lynn to within one at 11-10
– Lynn’s final shot of the afternoon was saved as the final horn sounded
– Jarka finished with four points (2g/2a)
– Dohler posted a hat trick with one assist, a ground ball and caused turnover
– Johnson scored three times with one assist
– Clark scored twice, with one ground ball, a caused turnover and four draw controls
– Sophomore Elizabeth Clagett handed out one assist with two ground balls, four caused turnovers and four draw controls