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BOCA RATON, Fla. – Saint Leo, seeded fourth, upset the Sunshine State Conference regular season champions and first-seeded Lynn 9-7 on Thursday in the SSC Championship Tournament Semifinals. The Fighting Knights claimed the regular season title in an 11-10 overtime decision over the Lions on Saturday. The redeeming trip back to Boca Raton raised the Green and Gold’s overall record to 10-6 as they await the hosts of the conference championship.
The Lions held an early 2-1 lead after the first quarter of play. Lynn swiftly answered in the second, netting four goals over the Green and Gold’s pair as the hosts took a 5-4 lead at the half.
In the third quarter Saint Leo claimed the game. The Lions offense generated three goals over Lynn’s one. Matt Shand assisted by Philip Buque (13:53), Tyler Eames assisted by Matt Shand (7:39) and a goal by Alexander Culbertsonassisted by Ryan Marek (3:20) to compose the offensive surge.
Lynn brought the game back within one at 5:11 in the fourth quarter. Charlie Kurtenbach assisted by Buque ensured the Lions trip to the SSC Championship final.
Beyond the Boxscore
Fourth-seeded Saint Leo advances to the SSC Championship Tournament Finals on Sunday, April 28. The Lions will travel to the winners of the 8 p.m. matchup between third-seed Rollins and second-seed Tampa.
Boca Raton, Fla. – Lynn University’s men’s lacrosse team saw its eight-game win streak snapped on Thursday evening, falling in the semifinals of the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Men’s Lacrosse Championships 9-7 to visiting-Saint Leo. Senior attackman Conor Vaughan netted two goals on three shots while Dryden Brous continued to prove himself a force in the faceoff circle, going 16-for-20.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Saint Leo 9, No. 15 Lynn 7
Records: SLU (10-6), Lynn (11-4)
Location: Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-Time Series: Saint Leo leads 4-3 (Teams split in 2019)
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Ranked sixth in the South Region before tonight’s contest, the Fighting Knights will now await their NCAA postseason fate with the NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championships field set to be announced next week.
TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 19 University of Tampa Spartans defeated the Rollins College Tars by a final score of 16-11 in the Sunshine State Conference semifinals. The Spartans will advance to the Sunshine State Conference Championship game for the sixth consecutive time in program history. The Championship will be hosted by the Spartans on Sunday, April 28th. With the win, Tampa advances their overall record to 13-5.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: UT Spartans 16, RC Tars 11
Records: Tampa (13-5), Rollins College (10-5)
Location: Naimoli Family Field | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: The Spartans have never lost to the Tars. Tampa leads the all-time record with Rollins 11-0.
Follow Us: @TampaSpartans on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
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UP NEXT: The Spartans will compete in their sixth consecutive Sunshine State Conference Championship game. The game will be hosted by UT on Sunday, April 28th.
TAMPA, Fla. (April 25, 2019) – Entering into the 2019 Sunshine State Conference Tournament as the No. 3 seed, the Rollins men’s lacrosse team matched up with the second-seeded University of Tampa Spartans on Thursday night at Naimoli Field in the semifinals. Despite leading 6-5 at the half, the Tars saw the Spartans post a big third quarter and ultimately secure a 16-11 victory over Rollins.
The loss closes out the Tars’ 2019 campaign with a record of 10-5, while the Spartans advance to the SSC Tournament Championship for the sixth-straight year with a record of 13-5.
Leading the way for the Tars in goals were Joey Cinque and Tommy Keane with a hat trick apiece. Parker Mosack led the team in overall points with four as he netted two goals and added two assists. Jackson Colling handed out a team high three assists on the evening, while Ryan Dunn earned a goal and an assist of his own. Both Brandon Carlin and Sawyer Cairns each scored once, while Evan Schimek and Brandon Portera each notched an assist on the night. Kyle Sudol and Will Eckerttallied a team high three ground balls apiece, with Sudol winning 4-of-14 face-off attempts. Cam Reeves won 5-of-15 from the faceoff-x, pulling in one ground ball. Wyatt Todd, Roy Hansen, and Tommy Keane added two ground balls apiece. Cinque, Todd, Reeves, Schimek, and Luke Sawyer were all credited with one caused turnover on the night. In goal, Eckert played a full 60 minutes, facing 26 shots on goal from the Spartans. The Bristow, Va. native earned 10 saves while allowing 16 goals.
The Spartans, who checked in at No. 19 on the latest USILA/Warrior and New Balance Division II Poll this week, were led by Andrew Kew with three goals and three assists for six points on the evening. Colin White, Bryan Wright, and Luke Curran earned a hat trick apiece, while Chris Cox netted two goals and two assists for a four point performance. Matt Vetter matched Cox in points with a goal and three assists. Also earning a goal was Jake Mosher McGraw, while Harry Kilkowski and Dylan Carter handed out one assist each. In goal, Bryan Karn played 58:35 minutes, facing 21 shots where he earned 11 saves while allowing 10 goals. Anthony Caruso closed out the final 1:25, where he allowed one goal on one shot faced. Ross Dickerson was key for the Spartans on the faceoff, winning 19-of-26 attempts while earning a game high 11 ground balls. Both Nicholas Perrot and Jack Tyrrell notched a game best two caused turnovers.
How it Happened:
Tampa jumped out to a two goal lead thanks to goals by Curran and White within 20 seconds of each other, but four unanswered goals by the Tars to close out the first quarter gave Rollins a 4-2 edge after the first 15 minutes of play. Rollins tacked on one more goal to start the second period, pulling ahead to a 5-2 lead with 11:13 to play before the break, but a goal by the Spartans at the 5:52 mark put an end to the Tars’ five goal run. In the final five minutes of action, Tampa outscored Rollins 2-1 to close out the first half with Rollins holding onto the slight edge, 6-5. The Tars came out of halftime to score the first goal of the third quarter, pulling ahead 7-5 with 13:40 on the clock. But a seven goal run by Tampa throughout the remainder of the period put the Tars in a five goal deficit entering into the final quarter, 12-5. The Spartans continued their scoring dominance to begin the final stanza, adding on two more to extend their lead by seven, 14-7, but the Tars were finally able to halt the nine goal run with a goal by Cinque off of an assist by Dunn with 10:13 to play. Rollins outscored the Spartans 3-2 in the final 10 minutes of action, but were unable to overcome the deficit as they fell by a final score of 16-11.