A Night of Firsts in Lynn’s Lacrosse Opener

BOCA RATON, Fla.- History was made on Wednesday night for Lynn University as the lacrosse team had its first game in program history. Despite the 14-5 loss to Wheeling Jesuit (1-0) the Fighting Knights had much to celebrate. Joey Bacarella scored the first goal of school history with 8:37 remaining in the first quarter to give the Blue & White its first lead ever, 1-0. Brian Kiel scored two goals in the loss while Tyler Janvrin had a hat trick of assists in the opener. 

Wheeling Jesuit fired first in the opening minutes of the game but Lynn's goal keeper turned away his shot recording the first save in school history at the 13:21 mark. Bacarella's goal gave the Fighting Knights the advantage but a goal by Landon DelPrince evened the scoreboard, 1-all, at 6:51. The Cardinals scored again at 2:40 in the first quarter to take a 2-1 lead. 

Kiel scored his first of two goals with just over a minute left in the quarter on a pass by Janvrin to tie the game at 2-2. WJU took a 3-2 lead with 17 seconds remaining on DelPrince's second goal of the game. Lynn grabbed 10 ground balls in the initial15 minutes, the first coming from Chris D'Angelo on the opening face-off. 

WJU added a pair of goals in the second quarter to head into halftime ahead 5-2. The Cardinals offense came alive after the break scoring five more goals in the third quarter on 20 shots. Ferrino had six saves in the frame while Lynn's captain Danny Egan scored to give the Blue & White its third goal. 

The Fighting Knights scored a pair of goals in the fourth quarter. The first was by Kiel, his second of the game, at the 5:08 mark. Harrison Lynch scored Lynn's final goal with 4:49 remaining in the game. WJU scored a pair of goals in the final quarter to end with a 14-5 decision. 

D'Angelo won 11-of-15 face-offs and grabbed a team-high seven ground balls for the Blue & White before Vincent Genovesi came in and went 5-for-5 in face-offs. Kiel had a team-high eight shots while becoming the first mutli-goal scorer in school history. 

Ferrino had a stellar night in the cage with 14 saves and three ground balls. Janvrin made his mark as well becoming the first player to have a multi-assist game. DelPrince, Bryce Brochu and Tyler Wickett all had hat tricks in the Cardinals first win of the season while Joe Amsler had eight saves in goal.

Lynn falls to 0-1 on the season and will return to the field on Wednesday, March 5, when the Fighting Knights host Notre Dame de Namur at 7:00 p.m. on the campus of Pope John Paul II High School which neighbors Lynn University's campus. Fans can follow along live at LynnFightingKnights.com. Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.