No. 9 Spartans Suffer Loss from No. 3 Bears

No. 9 Spartans Suffer Loss from No. 3 Bears

SAVANNAH, Ga. –  The No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears defeated the No. 9 University of Tampa Spartans by a final score of 12-9.


INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final:
 No. 9 Tampa Spartans 9, No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne Bears 12
Records: Tampa (9-3), Lenoir-Rhyne (11-1)
Location: Savannah, Ga.  
All-time Series: The Tampa Spartans lead the all-time series with the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears 3-1.
Follow Us: @TampaSpartans on TwitterFacebookInstagramSnapchat and Vimeo 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

1st Period

  • The Spartans were the first team on the board with a goal from Matt Vetter.
  • A little over a minute later, UT netted another goal, this time from Hunter Van Horn.
  • With 8:10 left in the first period, Donavon Dempsey scored for the Spartans, giving them the 3-0 lead.
  • Andrew Kew then logged his first goal of the day with 3:50 on the clock.
  • In the last 30 seconds of play, the Bears earned their first goal to end the period trailing the Spartans 4-1.

 

2nd Period

  • Lenoir-Rhyne ran with the momentum they had gained at the end of the first, scoring a goal in the first 30 seconds of the second period.
  • Van Horn then netted his second goal of the game for the Spartans.
  • With 4:48 left in the half, Shane Hanlon earned a goal for the Spartans, the assist by Bryan Wright.
  • The Bears netted their third goal of the game with 3:25 left in the half. The team still trailed the Spartans 6-3.
  • UT then netted another goal, this time from Chris Cox.
  • In the last 11 seconds of the first half, Lenoir-Rhyne scored, making the score heading into halftime, Tampa 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 4.

 

3rd Period

  • The Bears scored the next three goals of the contest, tying the match at 7.
  • With 11 seconds left in the third, Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead 8-7.

 

4th Period

  • Once, again LRU was the first team on the board with back-to-back goals. The Spartans now trailed the Bears 10-7.
  • Lenoir-Rhyne scored the next two goals of the contest with 5:55 left to play. The No. 3 Bears continued to hold the lead over the No. 9 Spartans 12-7.
  • Finally, Matt Vetter scored his second goal of the game off a pass from Wright, ending the Spartans dry spell.
  • Andrew Kew then scored Tampa's final goal of the day, the assist once again from Wright.
  • The No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears defeated the No. 9 University of Tampa Spartans by a final score of 12-9.

 

INSIDE THE STATS:

  • Vetter, Van Horn, and Kew all led the Spartans offensively with two goals each.
  • Wright recorded the most assists for Tampa with three.
  • Ross Dickerson led the Spartans in ground balls with eight, followed by Luke Posner with four.
  • B.J. Borowski recorded nine saves in the cage for the Spartans. 

 

BEYOND THE BOX:

  • This marks the first time in program history that the Spartans have lost to the Bears.

 

UP NEXT:
The Spartans will host Sunshine State Conference rival, Florida Southern on Wednesday, April 4th. The first face-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Tampa will then host Saint Leo on Saturday the 7th, also at 8:00 p.m.

 

TAMPA SPARTANS MOBILE APP:
A free app is also available for free download through Apple and Google Play stores. Please search for Tampa Spartans Front Row. 

RECEIVE TEXT AND EMAIL ALERTS:
UT also offers free messaging service for text and/or email, which sends alerts and press releases for Spartan teams. To sign up, please register at www.tampaspartans.com.