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SSC Men: #6 Rollins 14-6 over #16 FSC – Both Recaps

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No. 6 Rollins Downs No. 16 Florida Southern

by Michael Pierce, photo by Mike Watters

The Tars jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first and never looked back

WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 12, 2023) – The sixth-ranked Rollins men’s lacrosse team had no trouble with 16th-ranked Florida Southern on Wednesday night, handing the visiting Mocs a 14-6 loss. The win puts the Tars at 10-1 on the year and 4-0 in conference play, while FSC falls to 10-4 overall, 3-2 in SSC games.

Mikey Berkman led all players with six points on five goals and an assist, while Grant Hansen tallied two goals and two assists and William Metz scored three goals. Benjamin Kopen and Justin White each caused a game-high three turnovers, with Kopen adding a goal and White adding three ground balls and an assist. Lake Baker was 15-for-18 in faceoffs with a game-high six ground balls, while Justin Isenhour tied him with a game-high six ground balls to go along with two caused turnovers and an assist.

First Quarter

  • Florida Southern opened the scoring, but Berkman answered 34 seconds later to tie the game at one.
  • A minute and 50 seconds later Berkman scored again, and 1:24 after that it was Berkman for the third time, putting Rollins up 3-1.
  • William Metz scored next before Berkman poured in his fourth of the quarter, making it a 5-1 game with 3:52 to play in the first.
  • With 1:24 to go, Kopen caused a turnover, picked up the ground ball, and raced downfield to score his first collegiate goal, giving Rollins a 6-1 lead after one period.

Second Quarter

  • FSC scored first in the second, but William Metz and Harrison Key netted the next two goals to make it an 8-2 contest.
  • Rollins got one last goal in the half as Connor Thornton scored from past midfield as the Mocs were running a 10-man ride, giving Thornton his first career goal and lifting the lead to 9-2 at the break.

Third Quarter

  • Florida Southern scored 51 seconds into the second half, but Hansen responded 39 seconds later to make it 10-3.
  • After a pair of FSC goals, Jack Johnstone found the net with 1:36 on the clock, giving Rollins a comfortable 11-5 margin heading to the fourth.

Fourth Quarter

  • Hansen and Berkman each scored in the opening minutes of the fourth, with William Metz completing his hat trick at the 5:39 mark to make it 14-5.
  • The Mocs got the last goal of the game, accounting for the 14-6 final score.

The Tars will host Saint Leo on Saturday, April 15th, in the final regular season home game of the season. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, with Rollins set to honor its senior class shortly after the game.

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#16 Mocs Drop Road Contest at #6 Tars

LAKELAND, Fla. – The 16th-ranked Florida Southern men’s lacrosse team was unable to get the offense rolling Wednesday night on the road at sixth-ranked Rollins. The Tars remained perfect in Sunshine State Conference play with a 14-6 victory.

The loss drops Florida Southern’s record to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in SSC play. The Tars improve to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in league action.

Freshman Nolan Tighe and junior Brendan Glasser led the way offensively as they each scored a pair of goals while three others each tallied one. Graduate student Andrew Medeiros earned a pair of points with a goal and an assist. Medeiros and senior Nick Shannon each caused a pair of turnovers to lead the defensive effort while senior Sean Nolan led with three ground balls.

Junior Michael Simone faced a flurry of shots on the night as he made 15 saves while facing 29 total shots on goal. Simone’s counterpart, Syracuse transfer Shahe Katchadurian made 12 saves for the Tars while facing 18 shots on goal.

The Tars were able to dominate at the face off winning 20-of-23 taken including every single face off in the opening two quarters.

Glasser scored the opening goal of the contest with a nice turnaround shot just under three minutes into the contest. The Tars went on to score six-straight to close out the opening 15 minutes with a 6-1 lead. Four of the six goals came off the stick of Mikey Berkman for the Tars. Tighe scored the opening goal of the second quarter but that was again answered by three-straight from the Tars to make it 9-2 with under two minutes to play in the first half. The Mocs were unable to get another score as time expired sending the game into halftime.

The Mocs looked to be building a bit of momentum in the opening minutes of the second half as they scored three of the opening four goals of the period to cut the deficit to 10-5 but that would be all the Moccasins would score until the waning minutes of the contest. The Tars went on to collect four-straight goals until a Medeiros tally with 2:22 left to play stopped the run. Both teams would go scoreless over the final two minutes as the buzzer sounded on a 14-6 Rollins victory.

The Mocs will not have much time to dwell on the loss as Florida Tech visits Berend Field this Saturday for another Sunshine State Conference contest. The game marks the final home contest of the season for the Mocs and FSC will honor its 23 seniors and graduate students following the game.

Scoring Summary

1st PeriodFR
12:15FSCFSC – Cole Williams Assisted by Jay Minor10
11:41RCMLAXRCMLAX – Mikey Berkman11
09:51RCMLAXRCMLAX – Mikey Berkman Assisted by Grant Hansen12
08:27RCMLAXRCMLAX – Mikey Berkman13
06:06RCMLAXRCMLAX – William Metz14
03:52RCMLAXRCMLAX – Mikey Berkman15
01:18RCMLAXRCMLAX – Benjamin Kopen16
2nd PeriodFR
13:51FSCFSC – Nolan Tighe Assisted by Matt Flammenspeck26
11:11RCMLAXRCMLAX – William Metz27
09:56RCMLAXRCMLAX – Harrison Key Assisted by Grant Hansen28
01:48RCMLAXRCMLAX – Connor Thornton29
3rd PeriodFR
14:09FSCFSC – Brendan Glasser Assisted by Andrew Medeiros39
13:30RCMLAXRCMLAX – Grant Hansen310
10:25FSCFSC – Nolan Tighe410
08:22FSCFSC – Lucas Sommers Assisted by Brydon Robichaud510
01:36RCMLAXRCMLAX – Jack Johnstone Assisted by Justin Isenhour511
4th PeriodFR
13:51RCMLAXRCMLAX – Grant Hansen512
09:35RCMLAXRCMLAX – Mikey Berkman Assisted by Justin White513
05:39RCMLAXRCMLAX – William Metz Assisted by Mikey Berkman514
02:22FSCFSC – Andrew Medeiros614