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Coin Toss Determines SSC Conference Playoff Slots

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  Remember the coin toss scene from Friday Night Lights, the movie version? Permian, Midland Lee and Midland High finished with 4-1 records and there was no tie-break mechanism to determine which two teams would go to State. So the three head coaches flipped a coin . . . Well, that wasn’t made up just for the movie . . .it happened for real in that 1988 season The True Story HERE   Well, fast forward to 2017 and 29 years later life repeats itself . . . in college lacrosse Here, in Florida. The Sunshine State Conference tournament selections came down to Tampa at #1, FIT at #2 and a three-way tie for the last two slots between Lynn, Rollins and FSC.   Here’s how Lynn wrote it up Melbourne, Fla. – Following an 0-3 start in conference play, the Lynn University lacrosse team needed a strong finish to the regular season and a little luck on its side to continue on into the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. Lynn, Rollins and Florida Southern were all knotted up for the final two postseason spots, resulting in a coin flip tiebreaker on site at the SSC Tennis Championships in Bradenton, Fla. on Sunday. Rollins was eliminated, and Lynn’s head-to-head win over FSC granted the Fighting Knights the third seed. The coin was flipped three times, with each team assigned a particular flip. The odd-man-out would be eliminated, unless all three drew the same results. Exactly that happened, as the first three flips saw tails. In the second round, FSC and Lynn landed on heads, while Rollins drew another tails, eliminating the Tars from the tiebreaker. With Saturday’s 11-8 victory over the Mocs in the season finale, Lynn receives the No. 3 seed and FSC receives the No. 4 seed. Lynn will play second-seeded Florida Tech in a semifinal bout on Friday, April 28th at 4 p.m. Top-seeded Tampa will serve as tournament host for the entire weekend, playing FSC in the other semifinal at 8 p.m. that night.   Florida Southern did not cover the coin toss   And the coin toss loser Rollins covered it this way WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 23, 2017) – Entering into Saturday morning, the Sunshine State Conference was facing eight different scenarios in determining this year’s 2017 Men’s Lacrosse Conference Tournament bracket, two of which would have to come down to a coin flip in order to determine who would advance into the tournament as the third and fourth seeds. After concluding the 2017 Sunshine State Conference regular season in a three-way tie with Florida Southern and Lynn, the Rollins men’s lacrosse team found themselves having to bank on a coin flip in order to earn a spot on the tournament bracket this year. All three teams finished the regular season with a record of 2-3 against SSC opponents, and as luck would have it, all three teams went 1-1 in group play.  Rollins defeated Lynn (12-11 on April 8) while falling to Florida Southern, Lynn defeated Florida Southern (11-8 on April 22) but lost to the Tars, and Florida Southern defeated Rollins (9-8 on April 15), and lost to Lynn. All three teams then defeated Saint Leo in season, but lost to Tampa and Florida Tech.  With only four spots to fill in the tournament bracket, and the top two seeds being claimed by Tampa and Florida Tech, respectively, it left the three teams tied at 2-3 vying for a spot on this year’s bracket. After surviving the first round of coin flips with all three schools coming up tails, the Tars ultimately found themselves the odd man out in the second round as their flip came up tails while Florida Southern and Lynn both came up heads.  After head-to-head play this season, Lynn will advance to the SSC Tournament Semifinals as the No. 3 seed, while Florida Southern advances as the fourth-seed. The Tars’ 10th season in program history will be one for the record books.  Rollins concludes its 2017 campaign having taken on its toughest schedule in program history.  The Tars finished with a record of 7-7 and 2-3 in SSC action, and were ranked as high as 18th on the USILA Division II Poll this season.  With every game proving to be a challenge, Rollins squared up against eight teams that were either ranked on the USILA Poll or had received votes at the time of competition.  Seven of their 14 games were decided by one-goal differentials, four of which were thrilling victories that often saw the Tars fight from behind to earn the win.  Rollins graduates 11 seniors from this season’s squad, but will rely on eight juniors, 10 sophomores, and a strong corps of 14 freshmen to return in 2018 to carry on the success from this past season.   Maybe the SSC needs to lengthen its’ tie-breaker check list?