via PBA press release & Lynn picture
Sailfish Drop Home Opener to Lynn
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s lacrosse team faced off against the Lynn Fighting Knights in PBA’s home opener tonight. After falling to the Knights 19-5 in the opening game of the season in Boca Raton, the Sailfish looked improved but fell in the home match 15-8.
The game got off to a low-scoring first quarter after the Fighting Knights opened the game with the first three goals. The Sailfish were able to get on the board with 1:36 remaining in the quarter when Zach Holmes found the back of the net to cut the lead to 3-1. Lynn would add one more right before the quarter ended but both sides looked solid defensively. PBA’s Lee Rowden got the start in goal for the ‘Fish and made three saves in the opening quarter, but the Sailfish were unable to capitalize on Knights penalties going 0-for-4 on extra-man opportunities.
The Sailfish were down 6-1 in the second when Austin Evans found Ben Justice with 6:30 left in the opening half. The ‘Fish were 0-8 on extra-man opportunities and scored two goals off their 19 shots in the opening half. The two sides went to the half with Lynn leading the faceoff matchup 10-1 and the game 8-2.
The closest the Sailfish would get the deficit in the second half would be five goals after Hunter Hopman, Teagan Hersh, and Zack Figura scored three straight to end the third quarter, cutting the Lynn lead down to 12-7. Hopman would add a second goal in the half while Henry Sloyan and Nick Whelan found the back of the net as well, as PBA’s offense came to life in the second half. Part of the offensive success came in the faceoff circle as Noah Mckoeun won seven draws in the second half to give the Sailfish more opportunities at possession. The other part of the success was due to the Sailfish defense who was led once again by Gunner Gebelein who recorded 12 ground balls and Lee Rowden who made 10 saves.
Lynn would outscore the Sailfish 3-1 in the final quarter to secure the 15-8 victory, but the Sailfish looked improved against the Fighting Knights compared to the previous matchup between the two sides. The Sailfish will return to action next on April 3 when they host the Florida Southern Mocs at 1 pm.