Tampa Defeats Misericordia for Fifth Victory

TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Tampa defeated Division III Misericordia University, 12-9. Tampa goes to 5-2 on the season, while Misericordia drops to 1-1.

The Spartans dominated most of the first quarter scoring the game's first four goals. Jeff Clements scored at the 9:11 mark with his third of the season, as James McAuliffe recorded the assist.

One minute later A.J. DeSimone made it 2-0 as McAuliffe once again was in on the assist.

Freshman Jonathan Franzese scored with 5:31 remaining in the first, which was his first of three goals in the game. Kevin Castle added a man-up goal three minutes later to extend UT's lead to 4-0.

With 1:40 left in the period, the Cougars scored their first on an unassisted goal by Matt Gonzalez. 20 seconds later Andrew Reynolds cut into the Spartan lead, making it 4-2.

The second quarter was all Tampa, as Franzese scored two more with McAuliffe scoring in between. Franzese recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season.

Coming out of the half with a 7-2 lead, Castle scored a minute and 30 seconds into the third period with his fourth of the season, and second of the game.

Gonzalez for MU kept the Cougars in the game with his second of the game making it 8-3 with 12:16 left in the period.

DeSimone scored the ninth goal for the Spartans from a pass by M.J. Lorenzo during a man-up opportunity.

At the 6:03 mark in the third quarter Mike Tyrrell scored the eventual game winning goal to put Tampa up 10-3. Nate Tembi recorded the assist on the score, his second of the season.

Misericordia scored the first man-down goal of the season against Tampa from Kyle Calabro's first of the game. At the end of the third it was 10-4 UT.

The Cougars would score five goals in the fourth period, cutting the Spartans lead to two with 3:18 remaining in the game.

Clements, who scored twice already in the game, iced the game with his first hat trick of the season, putting Tampa back up by three.

In a game where goals came in bunches, both Franzese and Clements had hat tricks to lead the Spartans to victory. Castle and DeSimone added two each.

Tampa remains at home as its faces Shorter University on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.


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