Lynn U. Fighting Knights

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By David DiPino The Pineapple Contributing Writer In April, the Lynn University Fighting Knights Men’s Lacrosse team will be putting the final touches on a masterpiece season featuring the program’s many “firsts” in college lacrosse. Before then, the Fighting Knight’s will be opening their new $4 Million home at Brian Campbell Stadium located on the Lynn University campus. Lynn Lacrosse games are free this inaugural season and still left on the schedule are 7 p.m. matchups against Florida Southern on Wednesday, April 2, and University of Tampa on Saturday, April 12. Lynn Lacrosse, a.k.a. the “Blue & White” is 1-6 this season, but even though wins haven’t been piling up, and rarely do in first-year programs, the team’s momentum is building. Senior attack man Joey Bacarella scored the first lacrosse goal in Lynn University Men’s Lacrosse history when he beat Wheeling Jesuit University goalie Joe Amsler in front of the net at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter of a March 3, matchup at their first game in program history at neighboring Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton while the finishing touches were being put on Brian Campbell Stadium. The goal also gave Lynn their first ever 1-0 lead in their first ever game of NCAA Lacrosse, but Wheeling went on a scoring spree to take the game 14-5 in Boca Raton. Lynn University Men’s Lacrosse, also known as the “Blue & White” stopped the first shot attempt in school history when goalkeeper Taylor Ferrino made a save in the game on a shot earlier in the contest, with 13:21 remaining in the first quarter. Ferrino had 14 saves in the loss. In their second game against Notre Dame de Namur on March 5, Lynn’s goalkeeper Taylor Ferrino stopped 21 shots and set the Lynn lacrosse goalkeeping record at 21 saves in the 15-9 loss. Lynn lacrosse wouldn’t be shutout of the win column for long as on March 11, the headline written by Olivia Coiro, assistant sports information director at Lynn University read: “Year One Gets It Done: Lynn Lacrosse Wins First Game in Program History.” Lynn’s win was a 15-3 thrashing of Lees-McRae (0-5). Brian Kiel recorded a program-best five goals and three assists to set the school record for points in a game with eight. Goalkeeper Taylor Ferrino picked up his first win between the pipes as a college athlete when he turned away 14 shots and allowed just three goals. According to Coiro, six Fighting Knights scored multiple goals in the win while Kiel, Janvrin and Danny Egan all had multi-assist games. Janvrin had a team- high 10 ground balls while Bacarella, Genovesi and Chase Osterman all caused multiple turnovers on defense. A ground ball is similar to a rebound in basketball, giving the offensive team a second chance scoring opportunity. Lynn moved on to their first road trip of the season when they visited Atlanta to take on Shorter on March 14, and Lenoir-Rhyne on March 16. Fans not making the trip, could follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights. com. Lynn fell to Shorter, 14-9, and Lenoir- Rhyne 23-4 at Raider Valley on the campus of Walton High School. Lynn returned back to the Sunshine State to open conference play on March 19, at Rollins. Lynn opened Sunshine State Conference play with a 15-3 loss to Rollins at Cahall Sandspur Field in the Barker Family Stadium on the campus of Rollins College. Taylor Ferrino stopped 21 shots in between the pipes to match his career-high for the Blue & White. Lynn fell to conference foe Saint Leo 11-0, in Sunshine State Conference play on March 22. The Fighting Knights fall to 0-2 in SSC play. According to Coiro, Lynn University’s first- year lacrosse team has been making waves in the Boca Raton community. In early March, the team attended the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Cookout held at the Boca Raton YMCA. “It’s always great to get out in the community and spread knowledge of the sport of lacrosse,” said head coach Brian Kingsbury. “Out student-athletes are doing a great job volunteering their time and you can see that they really love being involved with the youth in our community.” The team came out in full force hosting a free clinic for over 75 children in the local community. The Fighting Knights organized different stations where they taught the basics of lacrosse. They provided equipment for a hand on experience in which they taught the kids how to throw and catch, pick up a ground ball and other fundamentals of the quick- growing sport. “It was really nice to be able to teach the youth about lacrosse,” said Brandon Rothstein, a senior on the team. “As a team we enjoy making these connections with the community.” Freshman Tyler Janvrin added, “It was good to help out in our community and introduce the kids to lacrosse which is the fastest growing sport in the south and give back to the people that support us.” Lynn University’s Big LU was also in attendance with the lacrosse team as they participated in a game of tug-of-war and played with the kids in multiple inflatable obstacles. “I really enjoyed seeing the kids having fun playing the sport that I love,” said freshman defender Vinny Genovesi. “My favorite part of the day was teaming with the kids to beat their parents in tug-of-war.” The Blue & White have already accomplished so much in their first season and have had support from the community at all three of their home games. The Fighting Knights are ready to open the newly- constructed Bobby Campbell Stadium, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Call 561-237-7000 or 1-800-888-5966 for more information. To learn more about the first-year program at Lynn University, log on to LynnFightingKnights.com. ‘Like’ Lynn University Men’s Lacrosse on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.