TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 19 University of Tampa Spartans defeated the Saint Leo University Lions by a final score of 13-10 in the Sunshine State Conference Championship. This is Tampa's sixth consecutive SSC Championship title. Due to their outstanding performances during the SSC tournament, five Spartans were named All-SSC Championship Team selections. First, Ross Dickerson was named tournament MVP. The other all-tournament selections included Bryan Wright, Bryan Karn, Matt Vetter, and Andrew Kew.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: UT Spartans 13, SLU Lions 10
Records: Tampa (14-5), Saint Leo (10-7)
Location: Naimoli Family Field | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: The Spartans lead the all-time series with the Lions 9-3.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Saint Leo was the first team on the board with a goal from Andrew Buck.
- Colin White responded for the Spartans with a goal off the pass by Matt Vetter.
- Once again, the Lions took the advantage netting another goal.
- However, UT answered with the last three goals of the first period.
- The first was an unassisted goal by senior captain Andrew Kew.
- Luke Curran then netted the second off the pass by Shane Hanlon.
- Freshman Harry Kilkowski scored the final goal of the period.
- Heading into the second period the Spartans led the Lions 4-2.
- Kew netted his second goal of the contest to start the second period. He was assisted by Jake Mosher McGraw.
- Saint Leo answered with a goal with 12:46 remaining in the half.
- Tampa then took the 6-3 lead with another goal from Kilkowski off the assist by Ross Dickerson.
- The Lions then narrowed Tampa's lead to two with another goal.
- Kew then scored his third goal of the contest off the pass by Chris Cox.
- The Lions then netted back-to-back goals.
- Kew earned the last goal of the first half, off the assist by Matt Vetter.
- Heading into halftime, the Spartans led the Lions 8-6.
- To start the second half, Jake Mosher McGraw netted one, assisted by Vetter.
- The Lions refused to quit netting their seventh goal with 13:11 on the clock.
- Kilkowski then scored again for UT, this time from Kansai Garey.
- Colin White then gave Tampa their 11thpoint off the assist by Kilkowski.
- Tampa's final goal of the third period was scored by Bryan Wright.
- The Lions scored twice more to end the period.
- At the end of the third period, Tampa held the lead over Saint Leo 12-9.
- SLU scored a goal with 7:37 remaining in the contest.
- The final goal of the contest was netted by Bryan Wright off the assist by Harry Kilkowski.
- The No. 19 University of Tampa Spartans defeated the Saint Leo Lions by a final score of 13-10.
- Tampa earned their sixth consecutive Sunshine State Conference Championship title.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Andrew Kew powered the Spartans offense with four goals followed by freshman Harry Kilkowski who had three.
- Kilkowski also earned two assists in the contest.
- Both Bryan Wright and Colin White had two goals in the contest.
- Luke Curran and Jake Mosher McGraw each had one.
- Matt Vetter led the Spartans in assists with three.
- Defensively, Wright, White, Nicholas Perrot, and Sam Collingwood all earned a caused turnover for Tampa.
- Vetter, Wright, and Luke Robideaux all tallied three ground balls.
- Ross Dickerson had an outstanding day for UT, winning 23-26 faceoffs from the X. Dickerson also had an assist and a team-high of 18 ground balls.
- Bryan Karn played keeper for the entire sixty. Karn faced 20 shots and recorded 10 saves on the day.
UP NEXT: The Spartans NCAA tournament fate will be announced during the selection show on Sunday, May 5th. The 2019 NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse Championships brackets will be announced the first weekend in May prior to first-round competition
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