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TAMPA, FL - The Nyack Lacrosse team began their spring break week with a loss against the University of Tampa. The Lady Warriors played at their best, but the Spartans proved to be a stronger, more experienced team, defeating Nyack by a score of 20-4.
Score: Nyack 4 | UTampa 20
Records: Nyack (0-8) | UTampa 4-8
Location: Naimoli Family Stadium
Inside The Game:
The Spartans began the game scoring eight unaswered points against the Warriors for an early 8-0 lead. The Spartans continued to possess and control the ball by winning the draw and driving to goal. At the 9:18 mark Hee Jae Ko (Guatemala City) scored an unassisted goal for the Warriors placing Nyack on the board reflecting an 8-1 trail. Five minutes until the end of the game, Lauren Lebo (West Simsbury, CT), assisted by Allyson Rola (Beacon, NY), scored another goal for Nyack (11-2). At the end of the first half, the Spartans took lead once again in the last three minutes, placing another goal into the net to end the half with a 12-2 advantage.
The Warriors would come back in the second half with intensity, but the Spartans managed to score 3 more goals before Nyack could control the ball (15-2). Ten minutes into the second period, with running time on the clock, Lebo would score once again for the Warriors (15-3). Nicole Pilkerton (Franklin, NH) came up with the ball after a Spartan turn over allowing a good transition into the midfield for Grace Orbine (Asbury, NJ) to capitalize and score for the Warriors as she netted an unassisted goal to cut the lead to 17-4 with 14:05 left in regulation. UTampa landed one more goal before Nyack took their last time out. In the last ten minutes of the game, the Warriors left everything on the field to regain possession of the ball, but the Spartans held tight to their control and scored two more goals (20-4). With less than fifteen seconds on the clock, Warrior Pilkerton picked up a ground ball and passed through the midfield to teammate Lebo, as she took a shot, but it hit the post leaving the score 20-4.
Nyack showed good effort against UTampa. The Spartans recorded 28 groundballs over the Warriors' 16, and won 21 draw controls compared to Nyack's 5, which allowed them many upperhands with controling the ball. Both Nyack and UTampa were about even in their turnovers by a margin of 25-24 and goalie saves (4-4).
Words From Coach:
"The team works extremely hard the entire game, which shows great character, and I am very proud of them. Play at the University of Tampa was a great experience for the girls, and we are continuing to make improvements each game," stated head coach Anne Reis after the game.
Nyack Lacrosse continues their Florida play as they are scheduled next to face Emmanuel College (Ga.) on Friday March 28th taking place at the Naimoli Family Stadium of UTampa campus. First draw is set for a 12PM start.
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