Women's lacrosse upends No. 15 Tampa during Sunshine State trip

Women's lacrosse upends No. 15 Tampa during Sunshine State trip

TAMPA — The NYIT women's lacrosse team scored an impressive win in the Sunshine State on Tuesday.

The 19th-ranked Bears defeated No. 15 Tampa, 8-7, to snap the Spartans' six-game winning streak.

Alyssa Milano scored three goals as NYIT overcame 15 saves by Tampa goalie Sutter and an unexpected call that narrowed the game.

The Bears appeared poised to take a 6-3 lead when Milano scored a second-half goal. Instead, the officials ruled her stick was illegal and the goal was taken off the board.

Tampa ultimately tied the score at 5 with 11 minutes, 9 seconds remaining. But Milano answered five seconds later and NYIT led the rest of the way.

Milano set up Shannon Donovan for a goal and a 7-5 lead. And after Tampa pulled back within a goal, Kim Geiger restored a two-goal cushion with 4:17 remaining.

With NYIT protecting a one-goal lead and time dwindling, Kelly McQuail picked up a huge ground ball with 1:13 seconds remaining. Tampa shortly thereafter picked up a pair of penalties and did not threaten again.

NYIT (5-2) remains in Florida to take on Saint Leo on Thursday.

"It was a great defensive win tonight," coach Kerri Handras said. "The team worked really hard to defend and make big stops."