Magical Season Comes to End in NCAA Tournament for Spartans

Magical Season Comes to End in NCAA Tournament for Spartans

TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 3 University of Tampa women's lacrosse team fell in the NCAA Tournament by a one-goal differential to the visiting Queens University.


Final: No. 10 Queens Royals 16, No. 3 Tampa Spartans 15
Records: Tampa (14-5), Florida Southern (19-2)
Location: Naimoli Family Athletic & Intramural Complex | Tampa, Fla. 
All-time Series: The South Region opponents split the decisions in 2019 as Queens now holds a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series.  
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1st Half

  • The Royals needed just 30 seconds to score the game's first goal, which was answered by four straight for the Spartans as Carly Vaccaro and Kristyn Staley each netted a pair of scores.
  • Queens responded with four straight goals of its own, grabbing a 5-4 lead.
  • Maggie Gladden knotted the score at 5-5 with a goal at the 15:28 mark, and was followed by a pair of goals by Vaccaro.
  • After a Queens goal, Tampa extended its lead to 11-6 via scores from VaccaroRachel Crawford and a pair from freshman Lizzie Pierpont.
  • The Royals took the momentum to the half with five unanswered goals in the final 3:14 of the first to draw even at 11-11.

2nd Half

  • After each team scored in the second half, Queens took its first two-goal lead of the day following a pair of goals.
  • Senior Caroline Forester answered for the Spartans as her goal at 23:02 cut the deficit to 14-13.
  • Queens scored the games next two goals to take a 16-13 advantage.
  • The Spartans went nearly 10 minutes without a goal before Gladden scored at 13:08.
  • UT cut the Queens lead to 16-15 with a goal from Lauren McNeill with 10:23 to play.
  • Neither team would score a goal in the final 10 minutes of play.
  • Tampa held Queens without a shot in the final eight minutes of the game, outshooting the Royals 7-0. 


  • Vaccaro led Tampa with five goals and two assists as her eight shots on goal were also a team best.
  • Gladden added three goals while Pierpont and Staley each tallied a pair of scores.
  • Kayla Kosubinsky finished with three assists.
  • Claire Swanson had two assists and a team-best seven draw controls.
  • Crawford caused three turnovers to lead the Spartans.
  • Starting in goal for UT was Bridget Sutter, who finished with eight saves and five ground balls. 

UP NEXT: UT will be the site of an NCAA Quarterfinal match on Sunday at noon with Queens meeting the winner of the other first-round matchup between Florida Southern and Rollins.

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