BOCA RATON, Fla. – Saint Leo men's lacrosse jumped out to an early 4-1 lead but could not hang onto it beyond the first quarter and dropped its regular season finale at Lynn University, 12-10, on Saturday evening at Bobby Campbell Stadium.
The loss knocked Saint Leo out of contention for a berth in next weekend's Sunshine State Conference Championship, with Lynn claiming the fourth seed. The Lions finished the season with a 7-7 overall record, 1-4 in SSC play, while Lynn wrapped up the regular season 8-6 overall, 2-3 in the conference.
Freshman Jake Gilmour scored four goals – once in each quarter and two of which were extra-man – and was credited with one assist to pace Saint Leo offensively.
Gilmour's fourth goal of the night came with just 1:28 remaining in the game, and pulled the Lions to within one of the Knights, 11-10.
Lynn's Vincent Genovesi won the ensuing faceoff and picked up the ground ball, which eventually led to a goal by the Knights' Austin Shircliff with just 21 seconds left on the clock and extended Lynn's lead to 12-10.
The Lions' Will Cothron came out with the ball on the faceoff following Shircliff's goal, but a shot attempt in the waning seconds by Dylan Yonts was blocked allowing the Knights to seal the win.
Marino, Yonts, Gilmour, and Hutchinson accounted for Saint Leo's first quarter goals, allowing the Lions to build a 4-1 lead by the 6:45 mark of the frame.
Lynn answered with five straight goals to take a 6-4 lead, and the two teams traded markers in the final four minutes to give the Knights a 7-5 advantage at the halftime break.
Gilmour and Visintin struck midway through the third quarter to knot the game at 7-7, with Visintin scoring off a feed from Josh Kaufling.
Lynn notched the next four goals to regain an 11-7 advantage with 6:06 remaining on the clock, forcing Saint Leo to try and play catch-up in the game's waning minutes.
Three different Lynn players recorded two goals for the Knights, including Shircliff. Brian Kiel and Mark Snellman also had two markers for Lynn, while Anthony Rainone, Johnny Gavin, Jacob Van Leenan, and Sam Turner each chalked up one goal.
Saint Leo goalie Dave Moore recorded 11 saves over his 60 minutes in the Lions' goal, while Nick Nehring charted 16 saves for the Knights. Lynn narrowly outshot Saint Leo, 34-33, however the Lions dominated with 33 ground balls to the Knights' 25.
Saint Leo also converted three of its four extra-man opportunities, while holding Lynn to just 1-of-5 on the EMO.
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