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MCLA: Second-Half Surge Propels #19 FSU to 13-6 Win at UCF

  via FLN Special Correspondent Anthony Cicio   This past weekend, the Seminoles traveled to the University of Central Florida to take on the Knights in an SELC divisional matchup. Florida State emerged victorious 13-6 on a rainy night in Orlando. Coach Mike McGraw helped the No. 19 Noles improve to 7-3 on the year. UCF concluded their season Friday night with a record of 8-3. UCF’s goalkeeper Daniel Harris was dialed in the opening moments of the game, stopping the first four shots he faced. Senior Davis Goodman was able to draw first blood on a high to low bouncer. However, the Knight’s Ryan Grey quickly responded by dumping a ball in the net during a loose ball scramble in front of the crease. In the closing moments of the first quarter, freshman attackman Sean Monahan found twine with an off speed bouncer on the crease. The first quarter came to a close at 2-1, in favor of the Seminoles.     Things opened up for both teams, offensively, in the second quarter. After a quick score by FSU’s Smith, the Knights took advantage of back to back man up opportunities. UCF tied the score at three a piece with 8 minutes to go in the second. After that, the Knights drew three penalties against the Seminoles within a 60 second span. This gave UCF a six on three extra man opportunity. Florida State’s kill unit held tough for two and a half minutes, holding the Knights scoreless. Goodman added one more just before the half on a fast break, pushing the FSU lead to 5-4. The Seminoles were dominant at the face off X, especially in the second half. Max Adams, Dylan Lowdermilk, Tanner Krul, and Lucas Battalina combined to go 15 for 19 on the draw. Adams led all specialists with 12 face off wins. The third frame was all Florida State, as they piled on four goals while allowing none on the defensive end of the field. The Seminoles entered the fourth quarter up 9-4. In the last quarter of play, FSU scored four more before UCF notched two quick scores in the waning moments of the game. The scoreboard read 13-6 as the game drew to a close.     Florida State also received stout defensive efforts from Matt Molle, Evan Oakley, Corey Shermam, and LSM Grant Telford. The four poles combined for 5 groundballs and Telford added a score of his own. Senior Anthony Cicio registered 15 saves on the evening. The #19 Seminoles are back in action this Friday night in Athens, Georgia. They will face off against the #17 Georgia Bulldogs at 7pm at the Georgia Club Sports Complex. Admission is free.   Individual Statistics   FSU Goodman (5g, 3a) Allen (2g, 1a) Smith (2g, 1a) Monahan (2g, 0a) Telford (1g, 0a) Crayner (1g, 0a) Cicio (15 S, 6 GA)   UCF Grey (3g, 2a) Brady (3g, 0a) Harris (24 S, 12 GA)