No. 13 Tampa Upends Catawba in Indians' Home Opener

SALISBURY, NC -- Tampa got goals from seven different players in claiming an 11-5 win over host Catawba in men's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at Shuford Stadium. The win improves the Spartans to 3-0, while the Catawba Indians fall to 0-2.

In a rematch of last season's Deep South Conference Tournament final, Tampa earned a measure of revenge with the win. The Spartans scored four straight goals, including all three in the second quarter, to lead 6-1 two minutes into the second half. Tampa would stretch the lead to 9-2 before Catawba tallied three times in the final nine minutes to close the gap.

Conor Whipple, Mike Morris, Jake Rooney and Justin Fitzpatrick each had a pair of goals for Tampa. Rooney and Morris each had two of the early goals to help in the 6-1 edge. Davis Hughes (Windermere, FL/W. Orange HS) had two goals for Catawba and added an assist. John Scheich (Waxhaw, NC/Weddington HS) had a goal and an assist.

Catawba held a 44-39 edge in total shots with Tampa snagging 32 ground balls to 27 for the Indians. Andrew Failla played nearly 52 minutes in goal for the Spartans and posted 10 saves. Pete Wesselman (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS/Stevenson) recorded 13 saves for Catawba.

Next up for Catawba will be a home contest against Wednesday against Saint Leo at 4:00 p.m.

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SALISBURY, N.C. - University of Tampa had eight players tally at least one point as the Spartans defeated Catawba 11-5 Sunday afternoon at Shuford Stadium. With the win the Spartans improve to 3-0 overall, while the Indians fall to 0-2 overall.

The Spartans struck first as Justin Fitzpatrick scored an unassisted goal six minutes into the contest. Several minutes later Conor Whipple connected with Jake Rooney for a goal to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead. The Indians responded as John Scheich found Daniel Rew for a goal to cut the lead to 2-1 after the opening period.

Trevor Calleja won the starting faceoff, picked up the ground ball, and found Whipple for a goal eight second into the second quarter. Minutes later Rooney put another shot into the back of the cage to extend the Spartans lead to 4-0. Tampa then took advantage of a Catawba penalty as Mike Morris netted a man-up goal to give the Spartans a 5-1 lead with 12:31 left in the first half. The two teams traded possessions but neither would convert a goal as the score remained 5-1 at the break.

Tampa's offensive attack continued in the third quarter Morris scored an unassisted goal on the Spartans first possession of the half. Minutes later Tyler Ulrich netted a goal for Catawba to cut the lead to 6-2. Tampa won the ensuing possession and Kyle Hemrick made a dodge towards the cage and put a well-placed shot past the goalie to give the Spartans a 7-2 lead with 10:35 remaining. The score would remain that way until the 1:06 mark when Dylan Kane netted an unassisted goal for the Spartans. Catawba had one more chance to score but Andrew Failla made a great save on a Trevor Sierarcki shot to keep the score 8-2 after the third quarter.

Just over four minutes into the fourth quarter Whipple netted his second goal of the game to extend Tampa's lead to 9-2. Minutes later Rooney found Nick Ferreiro for a goal. After a Catawba goal, Fitzpatrick picked up the ground ball off the ensuing faceoff, drove the field, and scored to extend the Spartans lead to 11-3. Catawba scored twice more for the 11-5 final.

Rooney and Whipple each tallied two goals and an assist, while Morris and Fitzpatrick each netted a pair of goals. Calleja and Matt Bilak tied for the team lead with four ground balls apiece.

Failla made 10 saves in the contest and improved his record to 3-0 on the season. Shane Giunta made four saves, while allowing one goal, in five minutes in the cage.

The Spartans will return to action next Saturday, March 1, when they host Notre Dame de Namur at 7:00 p.m. at Namoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex.


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