BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University's lacrosse team won its first game in program history, 15-3, on Tuesday night against 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.
Tyler Janvrin scored his third goal of the season and first of the night at 12:26 in the first quarter when Kiel found him to give Lynn a 1-0 lead. Hunter Fuhr recorded his first career goal 40 seconds later, unassisted, to extend the Blue & White's lead to 2-0. Kiel scored twice more in the opening frame to become the first player in Lynn's new program to have a hat trick. Fuhr picked up his second goal, assisted by Janvrin, at 9:26 before Harrison Lynch and Joey Bacarella would both find the back of the net to extend Lynn's lead to 7-0.
The Bobcats' Schuylor Dickerson scored with 1:21 remaining on the clock but Bacarella quickly responded 14 seconds later to regain Lynn's seven-goal lead. The 8-1 lead at the end of the first quarter marks the first time in school history that Lynn has led after the opening 15 minutes of play.
Lynn opened second quarter with another goal by Kiel but the Fighting Knights would add two more goals, by Janvrin and Chris D'Angelo, to lead 11-1 at halftime. Ferrino stopped six shots while Jason Conner had a defensive save for the Fighting Knights in the first half.
Kiel opened the second half with back-to-back goals extending the Blue & White's lead to 13-1. LMC's Kyle Judge scored at 3:15, assisted by Jarrod Brady, to give the Bobcats their second goal. Lees-McRae had an opportunity with an open Lynn goal at 5:17 in the fourth but defender Brandon Rothstein stopped a shot with his chest for his first career defensive save. Lynch found the back of the net from 15 yards out for Lynn's final goal of the game. Judge scored one more time, at 1:43, for his third multi-goal game of the season.
Six Fighting Knights scored multiple goals in the win while Kiel, Janvrin and Danny Egan all had multi-assist games. The Blue & White won 81.8 percent of its face-offs, a program best. Vincent Genovesi won 12-of-15 while D'Angelo won six-of-seven. Janvrin had a team-high 10 ground balls while Bacarella, Genovesi and Chase Osterman all caused multiple turnovers on defense.
Lynn moves to 1-2 on the season and will depart for its first road trip to Atlanta, Ga., this weekend to take on Shorter (2-4) on Friday, March 14 and Lenoir-Rhyne (3-2) on Sunday, March 16. Face-off versus
SU is set for 5:00 p.m. Fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com. To stay updated on all the latest happenings with the lacrosse team make sure to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.