No. 9 Rangers Escape Upset in Overtime with No. 11 Spartans

No. 9 Rangers Escape Upset in Overtime with No. 11 Spartans

TAMPA, Fla. –The No. 9 Regis Rangers slip past the No. 11 University of Tampa Spartans in overtime, by a final score of 20-19. 



Final: No. 11 Tampa Spartans 19, No. 9 Regis Rangers 20

Records: Tampa (3-2), Regis (3-0)

Location:  Regis Lacrosse Field | Denver, Colo.

All-time Series: The Rangers now lead the all-time series with the Spartans 1-0. 

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1st Half

  • Less than a minute into the game, junior Carly Vaccaro was the first player to score, putting Tampa on the board first. 
  • Regis answered with a goal of their own.
  • With 26:48 left in the first half, Caroline Forester netted one for the Spartans off the Assist by Claire Swanson
  • Regis then scored the next seven goals, cushioning their lead 8-2.
  • The Spartans battled back with two goals. The first was by Kristyn Staley who was assisted by Forester, the second goal was from Lizzie Pierpont.
  • The Rangers scored again before senior Rachel Crawford buried one in the cage with 12 minutes to play. 
  • Regis then scored their 10thand 11thpoint before Tampa went on a four-goal run. 
  • The Spartans first goal was a man-up goal by Carly Vaccaro
  • Staleynetted the second with 7:21 remaining in the half. 
  • The Spartans last two goals of the first half were scored by Pierpont and Forester respectively. Pierpont'swas off the assist by VaccaroPierpont herself assisted Forester.
  • Regis scored again with :42 remaining in the half.
  • Heading into halftime, the Regis Rangers led the Tampa Spartans 12-9. 

2nd Half

  • Coming out of the half, the Spartans were back on the board first with a goal from Forester
  • Claire Swanson then scored her first goal of the day, before Staley and Pierpont each stated another goal in the contest. 
  • The Rangers scored four more unanswered goals before Vaccaro ended Tampa's scoring drought with 16:08 remaining. 
  • Vaccaro then scored again for the Spartans with 13:38 remaining, narrowing the Rangers lead 17-15. This goal came off the pass by Crawford.
  • The Rangers and Spartans then traded goals. Once again it was Vaccaro who scored for UT, off the assist by Staley.
  • Claire Swanson then scored back-to-back goals for the Spartans tying the game at 18. 
  • Regis scored their 19thgoal with 4:30 remaining.
  • Less than a minute later Allie Popelar scored the Spartans last goal of the game, sending the contest into overtime.


  • With 3:53 left in extra minutes, the Rangers scored the first goal, thus winning the game 20-19. 



  • Carly Vaccaro was once again UNSTOPPABLE, leading all Spartans on offense with a whopping five goals and one assist. 
  • Following Vaccaro's performance, Claire Swanson earned three goals and two assists. 
  • Caroline ForesterKristyn Staley, and Lizzie Pierpont all stated three goals and one assist. 
  • Swanson led the Spartans in draw control wins with 11 in the contest. 
  • Swanson and Forester also led the team in caused turnovers, each with three. 
  • Bridget Sutter played then entire 62:07 for the Spartans. In the contest, she tallied nine saves. 


UP NEXT:The Spartans will take on the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs Mountain Lions on Monday, March 4th. This game will begin at 7:00 p.m.


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