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Kyle Hemrick scored five goals in the win.
Kyle Hemrick scored five goals in the win.

Spartans Stifle Knights to Finish Undefeated in Conference Play

Tampa Wins First SSC Men's Lacrosse Title

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla. –No. 6 University of Tampa men’s lacrosse team defeated Lynn 19-5 Saturday night at BCA/Malfitano Field to finished a perfect 5-0 in the Sunshine State Conference play and clinch the first ever SSC title.  With the win the Spartans finish their regular season with a 12-2 record, while the Fighting Knights fall to 1-10 overall and 0-5 in conference play.

Lynn struck first as Brian Keil netted an unassisted goal two minutes in to the opening period. Tampa responded less than a minute later as Kyle Hemrick’s shot connected with the back of the cage.  Conor Whipple scored back-to-back goals to give the Spartans a 3-1 lead after the first quarter. 

Trevor Calleja won the opening faceoff of the second quarter and on the ensuing Spartans possession Justin Fitzpatrick scored an unassisted goal.  After a Lynn goal, Whipple and Jake Rooney scored back-to-back goals to extend Tampa’s lead to 6-2 with 6:27 left in the first half.  Matt Bilak scored twice, before Michael Asher found Rooney in front of the cage for a goal to give the Spartans a 9-2 lead at the half. 

The two teams traded goals to start the second half before Calleja found Whipple for a goal to extend the Spartans lead to 11-3.  A minute later Whipple found Rooney in front of the cage for goal.  Hemrick scored for out of Tampa’s next five goals to give Tampa a 17-3 lead with 12:04 left in the second half.  The two teams traded goals before Simon Ruppert connected with Conor Smith for a goal.  Dante Egan shot got past the goalie in the final seconds for the 19-5 final.

Hemrick led the Spartans with five goals, while Whipple netted four goals and dished out two assists. Rooney tallied four goals and an assist, while Bilak netted a pair of goals.  Calleja went 16-21 on faceoffs and picked up a team high 12 ground balls.

The Spartans are the No. 1 seed heading into the SSC tournament and will host one of the semi-finals games on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m.  Tampa will face the loser of the Rollins-Saint Leo game on April 15.  Live stats and a video webcast will be available through TampaSpartans.tv.

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