MELBOURNE, Fla. –The No. 6 University of Tampa women's lacrosse team defeated the Florida Tech Panthers by a final score of 11-6.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 6 Tampa Spartans 11, Florida Tech Panthers 6
Records: Tampa (9-2, SSC 2-0), Florida Tech (5-6, SSC 0-2)
Location: Florida Tech Panther Stadium | Melbourne, Fla.
All-time Series: This is the first time in program history that the Spartans have defeated the Panthers in women's lacrosse. FIT leads the all-time series over UT 5-1.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- IWLCA Division II Offensive National Player of the Week, Claire Swanson scored the first goal of the contest off the assist by Rachel Crawford.
- With 24:44 left in the half, Caroline Forester netted her first of the contest off the pass by Kristyn Staley.
- Less than thirty seconds later Lauren McNeill sunk a goal, also from Staley.
- The Spartans fourth goal was then scored by Maggie Gladden off the assist by McNeill.
- Finally, FIT scored back-to-back goals to end UT's 4-0 scoring run.
- The Spartans last goal of the first half was scored by Kayla Kosubinsky with 9:57 left on the clock.
- Heading into halftime, the Spartans led the Panthers 7-4.
- To start the second half, Florida Tech was the first team on the board.
- Claire Swanson then netted her second and final goal of the evening with 24:33 remaining.
- Following Swanson's goal, Gladdennotched another with the assist by Kosubinsky.
- Rachel Crawford then netted one for UT off the pass by Lizzie Pierpont.
- Tech scored once more before Gladden scored the final goal of the game with :25 seconds left in the contest. Gladden was assisted by Swanson.
- The No. 6 University of Tampa Spartans defeated the Florida Tech Panthers by a final score of 11-6.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Maggie Gladden led all Spartans offensively with three goals.
- Following Gladden's efforts was that of Swanson who had two goals and one assist.
- Alexa Sucdillo, Danielle Waters, and Allie Popelar all stated two caused turnovers for UT.
- Waters also had a whopping four ground balls.
- Bridget Sutter played the entire 60 for the Spartans. She faced 21 shots and recorded 15 saves on the night.
UP NEXT: The Spartans will travel to Winter Park, Florida to play the No. 2 Rollins College Tars on Wednesday, April 10th. The game is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Barker Family Stadium.
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