TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 5 University of Tampa Spartans fall to the Florida Tech Panthers by a final score of 7-6.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Tampa Spartans 6, Florida Tech Panthers 7
Records: Tampa (8-2), Florida Tech (3-4)
Location: F.W. Olin Sports Complex | Melbourne, Fla.
All-time Series: The Tampa Spartans lead the all-time series with the Florida Tech Panthers 8-1.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Panthers scored the first and only goal of the first period with 6:50 left on the clock.
- With 6:34 left in the half, the Spartans scored their first goal of the game with a goal from Luke Robideaux. This goal marked Robideaux's first of the season.
- However, 30 seconds later, the Panthers answered nettting a goal of their own.
- Heading into halftime, Florida Tech lead UT 2-1.
- Coming out of the half, once again, it was the Florida Tech Panthers who scored first.
- Then with 11:28 left in the period, Matt Vetter netted a goal for Tampa.
- Tech was quick to respond with a goal giving the Panthers the 4-2 lead.
- The Panthers scored again with 7:54 left in the third.
- Luke Poner then scored his first goal of the season, narrowing Tech's lead 5-3.
- With 4:52 left in the period, Chris Cox netted a goal for the Spartans, the assist by Bryan Wright.
- Florida Tech then scored again, giving them the 6-4 lead.
- The last goal of the period was scored by UT's Andrew Kew, his 22nd of the season.
- At the end of the third, the Panthers continued to hold the lead over the Spartans 6-5.
- No goals were scored in the fourth period until the final two minutes of play.
- The Panthers scored their final goal of the game with 1:38 left in the contest.
- Tampa scored the final goal of the game. The goal scored by Kansai Garey.
- The Florida Tech Panthers took down the No. 5 University of Tampa Spartans by a final score of 7-6.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Both Luke Robideaux and Luke Posner scored their first goals of the season.
- Robideaux also led the team in caused turnovers with two.
- Posner and Bryan Wright led the team in ground balls, each with four.
- Ross Dickerson won 10 of the 16 faceoffs he took.
- B.J. Borowski recoreded 11 saves for the Spartans.
BEYOND THE BOX:
- This is the first ever SSC loss for the Spartans, and it ended the teams 20 game SSC regular season win streak.
The Spartans will play away on Thursday, March 29th in Daytona Beach, Fla. against the Embry-Riddle Eagles.
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