TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa Spartans defeated conference foe, Florida Tech by a final score of 14-9. The University of Tampa is now 7-4 on the 2019 season.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: UT Spartans 14, FIT Panthers 9
Records: Tampa (7-4, SSC 2-0), Florida Tech (5-2, SSC 1-1)
Location: Pepin Stadium | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: The Spartans lead the Panthers in the all-time series 10-1.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
INSIDE THE STATS:
This weekend the Spartans will travel to Old Westbury, New York to take on the NYIT Bears. The game is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. at President’s Stadium.
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Andrew Kew had a six-point night and Matt Vetter added five points, helping the Tampa Spartans to a 14-9 win over Florida Tech in Wednesday’s Sunshine State Conference lacrosse matchup at Pepin Stadium.
Justin Williams led the Panthers with a hat-trick and Brad Schillinger added two goals and an assist to lead the Panthers. Florida Tech goaltender Daniel Flock was under fire most of the night, having to make 18 saves. Tampa took 54 shots, 32 of them on goal.
On the other side, B.J. Borowski saw only 19 of Florida Tech’s 43 shots on goal, making 10 saves.
Fresh off the biggest comeback in program history on Saturday against Rollins, the Panthers looked to take down Tampa, the team that they beat last year in what was the biggest upset in program history. It was not to be, as the Spartans took control early, and never relinquished it.
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Panthers drop to 1-1 in SSC play after 14-9 loss to Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. – Florida Tech was unable to get its offense going until very late in its SSC bout with rival Tampa Wednesday evening, allowing the Spartans to build a sizeable lead and hold on for a 14-9 win at Pepin Stadium.
Justin Williams led Tech with a hat trick and two ground balls. Brad Schillinger added two goals and an assist, while Tommy Bowser and Logan Sweeney recorded one goal and one assist apiece. Brett Pohlmeyer and Addison Abramson each scored a goal in the game.
Kyle Sergio guided the Panther defense with five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Abramson and Reid Chaconas picked up four and three ground balls, respectively. Dan Flock finished with another double-digit save performance, making 18 saves against the Spartans.
UT grabbed a 2-0 lead at the 7:00 mark of the first quarter following scores by Andrew Kew and Harry Kilkowski. Bowser made it 2-1 when he took advantage of a Tampa mistake and scored an empty net goal with 3:28 to go in the first.
Schillinger then tied the game at 2-2 with his own unassisted effort early in the second quarter. However, the Spartans responded with another goal by Kew which kicked off a 5-0 run that gave Tampa a 7-2 advantage.
Sweeney got into the mix with 3:22 left in the second quarter, finding the back of the net to end the run and cut the Panthers’ deficit to four at halftime.
Two more scores by the Spartans’ Bryan Wright and Colin White increased their team’s lead to 9-3 with 8:30 remaining in the third quarter. Eighteen seconds later, Williams hit the twine for the first time in the game and trimmed the margin down to 9-4.
Consecutive goals by UT’s Matt Vetter midway through the third ignited another run by the Spartans, which handed them a 14-4 lead with 5:41 to go in the fourth quarter.
Despite the game being out of hand, the Panthers refused to give up and were able to score the final five goals of the night.
Williams started the spree with consecutive man-up tallies, the second with 2:36 remaining. Pohlmeyer scored an unassisted goal with just over a minute left. Schillinger and Abramson found the net during the last 22 seconds of the contest to make it a five-goal game at the final whistle.
Tampa finished the matchup with an edge in shots (54-43), shots on goal (32-19), ground balls (43-26) and faceoff wins (20-6). Tech went 2-of-2 on man-up tries. The Panthers went 18-of-22 on clear attempts compared to 16-of-20 for Tampa.
Florida Tech is back in action on Wednesday, Apr. 3, as the Panthers head down I-95 to Boca Raton, Florida for a matchup with SSC foe Lynn. That contest is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Bobby Campbell Stadium.
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